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Preparation for fall sports to begin

SoVaNow.com / February 08, 2021


Halifax County High Schools athletics director Allen Lawter said over the weekend that fall sports are scheduled to begin next week in accordance with the VHSL’s Championships + 1 calendar.

Football begins on Monday fitting players with equipment. Practices will follow, said Lawter.

“They’re going to come in starting next week,” Lawter said of fall sports athletes and coaches. “Football will spend a couple days getting equipment straight and then they’re going to go out and start practicing. Then the week after everything else from fall is going to start.”

Lawter said the school is hoping to keep fall sport schedules in place that were developed last year. He noted with COVID-19 still a pandemic and prevalent locally, changes may likely occur.

“The schedule we put together last fall, we’re hoping that we’re gonna be able to go with, “Lawter said. “Of course there may be some changes depending upon what other schools do.

“But at this time we’re very hopeful that we will be able to move forward with the schedule we have. Of course stuff could change at any time. There is a plan.”

Another talking point with high school sports was the National Federation of State High School Associations decision last week to end the practice of classifying sports as low, moderate and high risk.

The rankings were put in place last year as the organization moved to provide guidelines on how to return to high school athletics safely while confronting the coronavirus. The NFHS said in its release that the decision regarding how to determine could a sport be played should rest with state associations, local leaders, and the various stakeholders determining how COVID-19 is effecting their communities.

Lawter said while the change is welcomed he really doesn’t see any huge change locally. HCHS has always moved to return student-athletes back to the courts and playing fields as soon as possible, in the safest way possible. That will not change for Halifax.

“Well I don’t think it’s going to be a huge effect,” Lawter said. “We’re going to move forward and be as careful as possible but we were planning on moving forward with all sports.”

“The ones that were considered high risk (football, basketball, wrestling, etc.)… Look we’re going to take every precaution we need to take. It’s not like because they’re doing this we’re going to go all of a sudden – boom you’re free to go.

“We’re still gonna be very careful and protect our kids. But at the same time try to get them out there participating in their sports.”





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