by Jamaar Hawkins, i64sports
The Virginia High School League announced it will postpone a decision on the fate of spring sports until May at the earliest.
As it stands there are a number of options on the table that could result in spring sports taking place this season, even with a regular season that would extend into the summer.
One issue that was put to rest on Tuesday was a decision that no state champion would be declared if games extended into the summer, according to the VHSL. Tuesday’s ruling was met with mixed reactions from both players and coaches.
Maury head coach Larry Gordon who expected to field his best team since taking over the program including Miami commit Alvin Keels III, was certainly less than enthused about VHSL’s ruling on Tuesday.
“My boys are hurt….sick. This is the best team I’ve had since I started coaching at Norview in 2008,” Gordon noted. Although the coach did go on to add he does agree with the decision to push the season back with public health concerns the number one priority.
But like most coaches in the area Gordon wishes there was a way to declare a state champion, something that will not happen this season.
Further details on the VHSL’s decision on spring sports:
- With the first week of July being a total dead period, the VHSL Executive Committee would need to take action a provide a one-time waiver to allow teams to practice and play.
- Any athlete signing a professional contract will not be eligible.
- The VHSL will need to approve a revision of the published dates for the end of the Spring season.
- Any participating students would need to complete a new physical beginning July 1.
- Students entering college and taking summer classes that are not part of any dual enrollment situation are no longer in high school.
- No VHSL champion will be declared if games are extended into the summer