Uncertainty rises as VHSL delays spring sports decision to May

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While fans across the country are missing their baseball on what would’ve been Opening Day in the major leagues, high school coaches and players are hoping they’ll still get to see the field sometime this year.

The VHSL is still considering options for holding spring sports during the summer but says it won’t make a final decision until May.

The league has already ruled out holding state tournaments, which means teams like Chatham baseball won’t be able to defend its Class 2 state championship this year.

“We would just play, basically exhibition games. I don’t know how that would go about. It’s hard to compete when there’s no prize at the end if that makes sense,” head coach Chad Anderson said. “As far as what I hope for out of the VHSL, obviously I want them to keep everyone’s health in mind. But at the same time, if we can play, to get the ball rolling and give us a little time to practice and let’s go play.”

Prior to Tuesday’s decision, the VHSL originally delayed the start of the spring sports season for two weeks. But that was before cases of coronavirus skyrocketed in the United States.

“I’m trying to stay as optimistic as I can but I guess nobody knows,” Anderson said. “It’s going to depend on what happens when the virus peaks and just how bad it really is I guess so it’s completely out of our hands and we have no idea what’s going to happen.”

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