Virginia reaches decision on high school football season

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By a 34-1 vote, the Virginia High School League has voted to move the state's high school football season to the spring.

The VHSL's hands were largely tied; Gov. Ralph Northam currently has the state under restrictions that prohibited playing contact sports.

“As long as we’re in Phase Three and we have the guidelines we have, we’re not going to be able to play the high-risk sports as they are,” VHSL executive director Billy Haun told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Virginia will have to move out of Phase Three, or Phase Three guidelines will have to be revised to allow sports to begin.”

In football, practices will begin no earlier than Feb. 15, with games occurring no sooner than March 1.

The VHSL said to expect a season running 60 percent its normal length, with no state playoffs to follow. A college-style bowl game format could be used as its replacement.

Strength and conditioning workouts may continue in districts where they were allowed to resume.

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