As the global situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Goochland County Public Schools have extended their school closures through Sunday, April 12, effectively cancelling or postponing all of Goochland High School’s athletic activities in that time.
"As of right now everything up to Spring Break is postponed or cancelled," Goochland High School athletic director Joe Fowler said in a written correspondence. "We are in a holding pattern right now after that to wait and see how the situation unfolds. With so many unknowns, we won't be able to make any decisions until we know how we are proceeding with the opening of schools."
Should the spring season begin on Tuesday, April 14, following Goochland High School’s Spring Break, Goochland’s competition window would total eight to nine weeks, including state championship tournaments.
On Sunday, March 15, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all gatherings of more than 50 people, including sporting events, be cancelled for the next eight weeks. That's led to further postponements by professional sports organizations, as Major League Baseball has pushed back its opening day to a date that will be determined at a later time, and NASCAR has postponed all races between now and its next race event in Martinsville on Saturday, May 9.
How the CDC's recommendation will affect the overall Virginia High School League spring season still remains to be seen. After agreeing to delay the first play date of the 2020 spring season to Monday, March 30 – which would have also been the new opening day for Goochland High School's spring season teams – the VHSL Crisis Management Committee as of now is scheduled to meet again Wednesday, March 25 and re-evaluate conditions as they stand.
The original spring sports first play date for VHSL, and for Goochland, was scheduled to be Monday, March 16.