VHSL Allows Out-of-Season Practices, Starting Monday

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Jonathan Schwab

 

Thursday, June 11 –  In alignment with the Gov. Ralph Northam’s “Virginia’s Return to School Plan” announced on Tuesday, the Virginia High School League Executive Committee has cleared the way for schools to begin out-of-season practice activities beginning on Monday, June 15.

By a majority vote taken on Wednesday, the Executive Committee reinstated the Out-of-Season Practice Rule 27-7-1 and suspended the summer “dead period” for all athletic teams during the week of June 29 through July 4. This only applies to 2020. The news was shared in a statement sent out by the VHSL on Thursday.

The VHSL has not yet ruled how and when the fall sports season might begin for football, volleyball, golf, cross country and competitive cheerleading. The Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 25 to discuss fall sports.

In compliance with the governor’s plan, it is important to note that before

In compliance with the governor’s plan, it is important to note that before any out-of-season activity can begin, all schools must submit health plans to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) outlining compliance with Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mitigation strategies.

“The VHSL Executive Committee believes that getting students back into some level of education-based activities will be supportive of their physical and mental health and well-being,” said VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun.  “Allowing students and coaches the opportunity to begin out-of-season extracurricular activities and athletics will allow school communities the ability to begin moving in a positive direction.

Our student-athletes have been out for over three months.  Conditioning and acclimation will be critical as coaches and athletes prepare for the upcoming fall season,” continued Haun.

The VHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) is completing work on the VHSL Guidelines for Reopening Sports/Activities. The committee is finalizing the document to ensure it is in alignment with guidelines released by the governor’s “Return to School Plan” as well as the VDH and the CDC.

Any decisions moving forward will be made in compliance with the governor’s orders and will continue to be made with the best interest of our student-athletes.  Safety will always be the number one priority, the VHSL stated.

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