The Virginia High School League will hold a special called meeting on Thursday.

The executive committee will meet to finalize the championships +1 schedule. The schedule they will be voting on will bring high school sports back to the commonwealth in December.

The schedule begins with winter sports starting in December, fall sports in February and spring sports in April. Included in the schedule is a modified playoffs schedule.

The meeting that was planned for earlier this month, but moved to Thursday, comes on the heels of a “Let them play” rally in Richmond that took place on Monday. The rally was held in Richmond in hopes to have the VHSL reverse their decision to move fall sports to February and allow them to begin play immediately.

In response to the rally, the VHSL released a statement after inquiries made to the league. “We fully understand and support the passion of high school sports from our school communities, parents and students. From day one, we have been committed to getting our students participating in activities safely and responsibly. There has been a tremendous amount of input and cooperation from principals, superintendents, activity directors, coaches and members of various communities.

“The VHSL and its member schools have worked tirelessly over the past several months to create a plan for our students to participate in VHSL sponsored athletics and activities. Our executive committee will meet this Thursday to approve and adopt our “Championships +1” schedule for the FY 2021 Athletic and Academic Activities season. This schedule provides every VHSL sponsored activity a season during the FY2021 year.

“VHSL staff and Executive Committee will continue to work in cooperation the VHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) to develop a list of recommended guidelines for school divisions as the prepare for the safe reopening of high school sports and activities.”

At this time it does not appear that the VHSL is considering any changes to the recently release championships +1 schedule due to the rally.

Recent rallies in other states have successfully contributed to sports restarting, but Virginia and the VHSL appears to stand by their schedule that has the first sports starting in early December and fall sports, including football, starting in February.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV