VHSL sports press releases – specific guidelines for the return of high school sports


ROANOKE, Go. – High school athletes now have a better look at what sport will look like.

Friday, Virginia, the High School of the League, the board of directors of the high school of athletics in Virginia, freed from its 9-page guidelines for the return of sports.

While it gives sport-by-sport specific guidelines for a sport similar to Phase Two, everything for Phase Three remains, “to be determined.”

VHSL divides sports and activities into three main categories, low, moderate and high risk activity infection.

  • Lower the risk of infection activities: cross-country skiing, athletics, swimming, golf, tennis, forensics / scholastic debate bowl and esports
  • Moderate risk of infection activities: Volleyball, field hockey, gymnastics, football, baseball, softball, basketball, theater and robotics
    • With proper cleaning of equipment and the use of facings, volleyball, baseball, softball and gymnastics could be considered lower risk of infection
  • High risk of infection activities: Football, wrestling, boys and girls lacrosse, cheerleading competition and music

In addition to the specific activity of guidelines, standards for cleaning equipment, entry / exit strategies, pre-workout, projections, face coverings, hygiene, hydration, travel , changing rooms, weights rooms and equipment are provided.

Here are some key points from the guidelines for sport in Phase Two:

  • Air conditioning and individual exercises are allowed for playing football; however, contact with other players is not allowed.
    • Also, protective equipment is prohibited
  • The same basketball cannot be touched by different people
  • The total number of participants in outdoor training, including coaches and players, cannot exceed 50 people or 50% of the occupancy area, whichever is less.
    • For indoor practices, the same place of occupancy is reduced by 30%
  • Staff and students need to plan daily health exams
  • Athletes must bring their own bottle of water and they cannot be shared
  • High-fives, fist bumps and hugs should not be allowed
  • Each player must have their own ball in volleyball practice

Scroll down to read the full guidelines:

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