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VHSL delays start of spring sports competition

Staff reports • Mar 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia High School League announced Friday that the first play date for spring sports is being delayed two weeks, and a number of academic activities championships may also be impacted.

“Due to the rapidly changing landscape regarding COVID-19 and in an effort to support VHSL member schools and school divisions, the VHSL Crisis Management Committee met and decided the spring sports season be delayed for two weeks with the first play date now scheduled for March 30,” VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun announced.

The original spring sports first play date was scheduled for Monday, March 16. The outdoor track championships, tennis championships and the VHSL Spring Jubilee are not affected by this delay and all championships are still scheduled on their original dates. The Crisis Management Committee will meet again Wednesday, March 25, to re-evaluate current conditions, the release states.

“After continuing to assess the impact of COVID-19, we convened the VHSL Crisis Management Committee and it was decided that the best course of action and most prudent at this time was to delay spring sports first play date by two weeks,” Haun said. “The VHSL continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 and will continue discussions with public health officials and key stakeholders.”

During this two-week delay to the start of the spring sports season, local school divisions will have the authority to schedule spring practices. Any game not played due to this delay, or a school division not being allowed to travel, will not count as a forfeit.

In addition, the Crisis Management Committee discussed VHSL academic activities championships and the impact of the coronavirus response.

Forensics: Forensics Championships will be postponed until Saturday, May 2 at Clover Hill High School. Schools must confirm entries to Sharon Condoulis ([email protected]) by Friday, April 10, at noon. Alternates must also be confirmed by this date in case there are call-ups. Hotel rooms for March 27-28 may be released, and new hotel information will be posted on the VHSL Forensics website by Wednesday, March 18.

Debate: Currently, the State Debate Championships are planned to be held at Randolph-Macon College on April 24-25. Regions and Super Regions are encouraged to postpone their scheduled events, beyond published deadlines, to allow schools that had indicated they would not be able to participate, to now reconsider that based on new dates if possible. Legislation deadlines for both Region and Super Region will be extended to April 16 until we are notified of a new date selected by the Region or Super Region. A postponement of the state event will be reevaluated as new information becomes available in the next two weeks.

Film Festival: Due to school closings, the deadline for film submission will be extended to 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 8. Finalists will be announced on Friday, May 8.

Student Leaders Conference: Currently scheduled for April 24-25. A final decision on holding the Student Leaders Conference will be made by Wednesday, March 25.

Robotics Deadline: The deadline for submission of Robotics portfolios will remain 11:59 p.m., Thursday, April 30.

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