Pittsylvania County Parks and Rec cancels winter youth sports due to COVID-19 concerns

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — In order to protect the younger members of the community amid the pandemic, Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation announced Tuesday the cancellation of the 2020-2021 basketball and cheerleading seasons.

In a non-pandemic year, officials say more than 750 youth would usually participate in the Pittsylvania County basketball and cheerleading seasons, which run from December to March.

“Cancelling this year’s season was a tough decision to make, but we believe it was the right one,” said Interim Director of Parks and Recreation Justin Price in a statement released by Pittsylvania County on Tuesday, Oct. 27.  “There simply is no way to keep all the athletes, families, and fans safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in an indoor environment.”

The games and practices for these youth sports would typically take place at the Pittsylvania County Community Center and in Pittsylvania County Public Schools’ gymnasiums, but because of social distancing requirements, officials say many of those gymnasiums are being used as storage space or classrooms.

The cancellation of the basketball and cheerleading seasons follows the cancellation of the baseball and football seasons earlier in the year in order to reduce community transmission of the coronavirus in Pittsylvania County.

“While we regret having to cancel these sports and every 2020 sports season to protect our youth, we look forward to safely bringing back our sports later in 2021,” Price said.

Even though the youth basketball and cheer seasons are not proceeding as planned, Pittsylvania County says you can still rent out the Community Center gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, or other events. While time slots and space are limited, anyone interested in renting the gymnasium is asked to call the Community Center at (434) 432-7736.

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