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SCHSL makes no call on spring sports, to meet again

The South Carolina High School League executive committee met via conference call Thursday afternoon, but did not come to a definitive decision as to what to do about the remainder of the spring sports seasons for its member schools.

All spring sports and practices have been suspended due to the COVID-19 virus. Schools are closed at least through April 30, which bars any team from practicing or competing until schools are reopened.

According to an announcement from the SCHSL, the committee elected to refrain from canceling the remainder of the spring sports schedules, choosing instead to reconvene for an April 22 conference call to reconsider the matter.

The announcement also said the SCHSL staff is attempting to develop a plan for virtual conditioning, which would encourage continued involvement with coaches and students.

“All avenues to keep our students and coaches active during this postponement are being explored. Once we develop an acceptable remedy to following health and safety guidelines while allowing a virtual option, we will distribute complete details to member schools immediately,” the announcement read.

SCHSL Executive Director Jerome Singleton said the committee continues to hold out hope that spring sports can return this year.

“We are still following the guidelines and parameters set by state and national governing bodies. It is our hope to not have to cancel the season and be able to take advantage of all dates at our disposal once schools reopen,” he said. “We are excited at the idea of providing another form of interaction between our coaches and student-athletes that will keep them safe but also allow fellowship and conditioning. We must seek avenues digitally and virtually that can improve the separation anxiety some may be experiencing. These are trying times that require some innovative methods to conquer.”

Singleton also urged that everyone continue social distancing initiatives as laid out by state and national leaders, including the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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