VHSL set to approve “Championship + 1” format as Executive Committee meets today

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — We haven’t seen high school sports since March and we likely won’t see the Virginia High School League teams compete until December at the earliest.

But today we should get a better idea of what the calendar will look like.

The VHSL’s Executive Committee will put the final piece of the puzzle together in ratifying the “Championships + 1” plan for this school year.

Teams would play 60 percent of the normal regular season games while the postseason will include a regional playoffs with the four champions advancing to the state tournament, eliminating a quarterfinal round.

The top seeds in each bracket would host the state competitions. All of this is in an effort to minimize COVID risks and cut down on expenses.

But Heritage football head coach Brad Bradley is still erring on the side of caution even though it’s a step forward toward returning to the field.

“I don’t see the relief just because it’s said in a meeting. You know I’ll be relieved when it’s the first day of practice. You know I’ll be relieved the first day of basketball practice so that we know it’s a reality kind of like this past weekend,” Bradley said. “You everybody talked about the NFL, and they finally got their first week out of the way no problems whatsoever. But I think this is just the next hurdle. I think that there’s a lot of things that will happen between now, September, and then our start date which is February the 8th. So, I’m excited but at the same time kind of cautious and I won’t be really excited until we get to February 8th until we get out on that field.”

The “Plus One” part of the proposal allows teams that don’t qualify for the postseason to play an extra game.

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