CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia High School League has announced that it is officially canceling the spring sports season due to COVID-19 concerns.
The vote passed by a margin of 31-0-1.
While the sports season had technically only been postponed since the coronavirus hit in March, the complete cancellation had mostly been viewed as a foregone conclusion.
Many schools across the commonwealth are busy holding virtual celebrations for their seniors, and honoring the student-athletes who will continue their athletic careers at the next level.
VHSL executive director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun said it’s, "...impossible to have a spring season without putting people at risk.”
Virginia High School League Media Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The VHSL Executive Committee during its May meeting today voted (31-0-1) to cancel all spring sports and activities for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
“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.
“Any options for the spring sports season would require that COVID-19 no longer be a threat and pose no health risks to our student-athletes or to the public. Sadly, the situation has not changed and has made it impossible to have a spring season without putting people at risk.
“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 CDC. 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.”