The VHSL Executive Committee meeting in special session Monday morning voted (34-1-0) to move forward with Model 3 in its re-opening of sports and activities for the 2020-21 school year.
Model 3 delays all VHSL sports and activities until Dec. 14 and adopts the Condensed Interscholastic Plan. This model leaves all sports in the season where they are currently aligned.
Season 1 (Winter) runs from Dec. 14 – Feb. 20, with the first contest date on Dec. 28. Season 1 includes basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, wrestling, swim and dive.
Season 2 (Fall) runs from Feb. 15 – May 1, with the first contest date on March 1. Season 2 includes cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf and volleyball.
Season 3 (Spring) runs from April 12 – June 26, with the first contest date on April 26. Season 3 includes baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field.
“We all understand the physical and mental health benefits of getting our students back to a level of participation," VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun said. "The Condensed Interscholastic Plan Leaves open the opportunity to play all sports in all three seasons if Virginia moves beyond Phase III and/or Phase III guidelines are revised and High Risk Activities are allowed. This plan also allows schools the opportunity to open the year and get school started and deal with issues such as schedules, academic plans, transportation and dealing with possible outbreaks of COVID in the school."
“The VHSL will continue to work closely with the best available information and directives provided by the governor, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education,” Haun said.