VHSL cancels off-season workouts


Turner Demers

Junior Dawson Cox spotting sophomore Malachi Adolph during off-season workouts prior to the closure of schools

Virginia High School League canceled all out of season practices last month on May 16 in response to the threat of COVID-19.  VHSL had to address school divisions’s practices regarding sports during the summer months.

“My sincere hope is that we have a fall season,” said the principal of Ocean Lakes, Dr. LeBlanc. “I do not think anybody wants to keep kids from their seasons. However, there is a lot that needs to be considered to protect all those involved.”

VHSL is required to follow all protocols and orders put into place by Governor Northam. Currently, all previously scheduled practices are canceled until further notice. While the Governor’s stay at home order is becoming less strict, it only applies to businesses, while schools and their facilities must remain closed. 

“Wow. It’s disappointing for fall sports. I’m disappointed on my end for football, but there’s a lot of other issues with school and trying to get back on time,” said football coach Joe Jones.

VHSL Director of Communications Mike McCall said when Northam reopens schools, the league will draw up protocols for athletic activities. 

“I think the team(s) should keep a positive mindset and just look forward to the season,” said junior field hockey player Rachel Ruble.