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VHSL: No high school football in Virginia this fall

The organization is considering three models, none of which see a high school football season in the fall.
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 4:47 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WWBT/WYMT)- The Virginia High School League will decide the 2020-2021 sports calendar on July 27, it determined during a meeting on Wednesday morning. The organization is considering three models, none of which see a high school football season in the fall.

The three models presented to the VHSL's executive committee are:

Model 1 – Leave all sports in current season. Low and moderate contact risks sports that would be allowed to play are golf and cross country. High risk sports that would not be played are field hockey, football, volleyball, and cheer. Fall activities that would be allowed is theatre.

Model 2 – Switch Fall and Spring seasons. Low and moderate contact risk sports that would be allowed to play in the fall are track and field, tennis, soccer, baseball, and softball. High risk sports that would not be played are boys/girls lacrosse. Spring activities that would be allowed are theatre, forensics/debate, and film festival

Model 3 – Delay all VHSL sports and adopt the Condensed Interscholastic Plan. Leave all sports in the season where they are currently aligned.

  • Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
  • Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
  • Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)

Schools are also permitted to continue out-of-season activities.

“Yesterday it was a little disheartening to know that there’s a possibility, a very good possibility of no football this fall,” Union (VA) Head Football Coach Travis Turner said. “In Southwest Virginia, especially in our community, football’s huge. It’s big in Big Stone Gap. That’s gonna be a big adjustment for our kids, big adjustment for our coaching staff. This is something that’s new territory that we’re not very familiar with.”

Turner’s team had two games against Eastern Kentucky opponents in Paintsville (Oct. 2) and Letcher Central (Sep. 11). Shelby Valley (vs. Ridgeview - Sep. 4), Pineville (@ Thomas Walker - Sep. 25) and Perry Central (vs. Lee - Oct. 2) will all have to find new opponents.

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