April 2, 2020
SCHSL remains optimistic about spring sports
While all K-12 public schools in South Carolina will remain closed until at least May 1, the leadership of the S.C. High School League remains optimistic about the resumption of spring sports this season. Student-athletes have been encouraged to work out and practice on their own, although they are not permitted to do so on school property.
“We are remaining idle for a statewide update on school closures by the Governor’s Office as well as the State Department of Education,” wrote SCHSL Public Information Officer Tammie Newman of today’s meeting of the SCHSL Executive Committee.
“As far as the suspension of all contests, practices, workouts (conditioning and strength training), and/or open season skill development, League staff is working diligently to create options for the possibility of virtual conditioning,” Newman continued. “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.’
‘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” stated SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton. “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.’
“We ask that you continue to follow the advice of medical professionals, while maintaining communication with your local education leaders,” Newman concluded.
The next scheduled SCHSL Executive Committee meeting is April 22 to review the spring sports schedule and the status of COVID-19 outbreak.