High School Spring Sports Season Canceled Completely

By 
Jonathan Schwab

 

Thursday, May 7 – The Virginia High School League Executive Committee voted on Thursday to cancel its spring sports season for the remainder of the 2019-20 calendar year due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.

For our local high schools, Rockbridge County and Parry McCluer, those sports include baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, outdoor track and field and, for RC, lacrosse.

Committee members had previously discussed having some athletic events in the summer, but they determined, in a vote in a Zoom video-conference meeting, that it was not possible to have a sports season without putting people at risk.

“This extremely difficult decision was made knowing the great disappointment our student-athletes, academic activity participants, coaches, administrators, parents, and their communities will experience. We share those same feelings as well,” said VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun.  “We especially grieve with those senior athletes and activity participants who will not have an opportunity to represent their school or wear their school jersey one final time after years of hard work and dedication.”

“While we recognize the importance sports has on our students and communities, we need to follow all the regulations and recommendations from the Governor, the Virginia Department of Health and the [Center for Disease Control and Prevention],” Haun added. "Every decision we make, and will make looking forward, will be in the best interest of our student-athletes and the public. Safety will always be our number one priority.”

The Executive Committee has agreed to meet again on June 25 — but could meet sooner depending on Gov. Ralph Northam's reopening plan — to discuss the league's policies for out-of-season practices in July and the status of fall sports.

For the full story on this decision, with local reactions, please see our May 13 newspaper.