High School Fall Sports Decision On Hold Until July 27, Football And Volleyball Unlikely

Jonathan Schwab


Wednesday, July 15 – The Virginia High School League Executive met to discuss the fall sports season in a video conference on Wednesday morning and voted unanimously to delay the start of the season until a decision at its next meeting on Monday, July 27.

When the committee reconvenes, it will will consider three options presented Wednesday by VHSL executive director Dr. John “Billy” Haun for scheduling sports for the 2020-21 school year. With concerns of the spread of the coronavirus, None of these options includes a possibility of fall football or volleyball.

Here are the options:

Model 1 – 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 football, volleyball, and cheerleading.

Model 2 – Switch the 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 and girls lacrosse.

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, 2021 (First Contest Date – March 1)
  • Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26, 2021 (First Contest Date – April 26)

It is still possible a different option including the possibility of fall football and volleyball could be presented on July 27, but there was widespread sentiment Wednesday among the 34 voting members of the executive committee for Model 3.

For the full story, with comments from athletic directors and coaches, please see our July 22 newspaper.