The Virginia High School League (VHSL) is preparing for student athletes to begin practice and athletic competitions in December. The VHSL released new guidelines last week following an executive order from Governor Northam easing some restrictions on recreational sports. The guidelines include the following changes:
- hugging, high-fives, and fist bumps are not allowed.
- Student athletes will not be required to wear face coverings while actively working out or competing.
- Fans, event staff, con-competing participants and coaches must wear face coverings at all times and practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible.
- Participants and coaches must wear face coverings while on the sidelines and during travel to and from competitions on school buses.
According to the new VHSL guidelines, game play and matches will be modified as well. For example, basketball competitions will not have jump balls, with the visiting team getting the first possession of the game. In wrestling, match contact is not limited; however, the VHSL recommends that during practice, wrestlers should be paired in small pods for a minimum of two weeks to limit exposure to others.
Coaches and athletic directors at Jamestown, Lafayette, and Warhill high schools are reviewing the VHSL guidelines and will make recommendations for WJCC Schools protocols. Schools and coaches will communicate directly with students about plans and schedules.