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Spring season up in the air as VHSL pushes back start to at least March 30

SoVaNow.com / March 18, 2020
The Virginia High School Sports League has postponed all spring high school sports in Virginia due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

One day after cancelling the state basketball finals, the VHSL announced their decision to postpone the start of spring sports at least until March 30. According to a press release issued by the VHSL, its Crisis Management Committee made the decision in reaction to the coronavirus outbreak.

A later release from the committee prohibited schools from practicing after Governor Ralph Northam announced the closure of all K-12 public schools in the state for the next two weeks.

The decision leaves teams at Park View and Bluestone wondering if they will get to participate in spring sports at all.

Park View girls soccer coach Mark Roberts said, “To say it’s a disappointment is a big understatement. The girls have been working extremely hard preparing for the season. Though they are saddened by it they all realize it was the right call for everyone’s safety. We are all optimistic that things will work out and we can continue with our season.”

Park View softball head coach Dean Crutchfield lamented, “The worst part of the closure is the disruption of the day-to-day routine. I hope after these two weeks we can get back to working on this ball club. We have many new faces to the varsity team this year and we need as much time together as we can get.”

The truth about the virus is that no one knows how bad it could get and these measures are prudent even if a bit maddening

In a sign of the disease’s spreading grip, the VHSL made a decision Tuesday to suspend its newest sport, one that does not require players to take to the fields. eSports has been halted by the VHSL due to the virus. Still in its pilot year in Virginia, the online gaming competition will be suspended for the next two weeks. Neither Bluestone nor Park View offer e-sports as a sanctioned school activity.

“Official team matches for VHSL esports will be suspended for the next two weeks. Continuation of regular season matches will be reassessed during this time. Students will continue to have access to their PlayVS platform accounts, and if they have access to equipment outside their school facilities, can continue to play the games remotely,” the communication stated.

“Not all students or systems have the same access to resources, and we feel it best to follow the instructions of the governor and state superintendent, and suspend esports programs along with all other school activities,”



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