With basketball cancelled, attention shifts to future of spring sports

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A day after high school and college basketball seasons were declared over due to ongoing efforts to contain the coronavirus, attention shifted to the figuring out the future of spring sports schedules across the country.

The Atlantic Sun went ahead and cancelled the remainder of athletics activities for the school year, effectively ending the competition schedule for Liberty’s baseball, softball, tennis and lacrosse teams.

The Big South extended its suspension of athletics activities through March 30th after the league’s Council of Chief Executive Officers met Friday with athletic directors from around the conference. Radford was set to host the Big South quarterfinals and semifinals in women’s basketball this week before the event was cancelled.

The ACC suspended all athletic activities indefinitely on Thursday shortly after cancelling the remainder of its men’s basketball tournament. The status of spring football practices across the league remains unclear.

On the high school level, the VHSL decided to postpone competition in spring sports until March 30th. Games were slated to begin on Monday. Originally, the league left the decision to hold practices to individual school districts. But that changed after Governor Ralph Northam ordered all schools in Virginia to be closed for two weeks.

The decision does not affect the spring jubilee state championship events set to be held in June. The VHSL will meet again on March 25th to re-evaluate the spring sports season.

Nationally, the Masters golf tournament was postponed Friday while NASCAR decided to postpone the next two races on the schedule.

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