There will be no high school football in the state of Virginia this fall due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Virginia High School League announced on Wednesday.
"All our efforts will continue towards advocating for the opening of sports and activities in a safe and reasonable way that will protect athletes, activity participants, coaches, officials, and the public," Dr. Billy Haun, Executive Director of VHSL, said on Wednesday.
Additionally, the board has proposed three different models for sports to resume, but none include playing football this fall.
The first model is keeping all sports in their current seasons, but only allowing low-risk sports such as golf and cross country to take place this fall. Football, field hockey, cheerleading and volleyball seasons would all be canceled.
The second proposal is switching the fall and sports seasons. In this case, low-risk spring sports like baseball, soccer, tennis and softball would be allowed to play this fall, with men's and women's lacrosse the lone spring sport unable to occur. This model would consider allowing lacrosse season to wait until its normal scheduled season in March, giving the school districts more time to figure out a way to combat the virus.
The final proposal is sandwiching fall sports in between winter and spring sports seasons. In this scenario, winter sports would take place from Dec. 14-Feb. 20, fall sports would begin Feb. 15 and conclude May 1, while spring sports would start April 12 and conclude June 26.
All of these models remain in consideration, as no decision has been made just yet. A final decision is expected Monday, July 27.
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