High School sports start dates pushed back in WV

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTRF)- During the Friday COVID-19 briefing, with West Virginia Governor, Jim Justice, WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan announced that fall high school sports have been pushed back.

Practice will begin for high school athletes on on August 17. The original start date was August 3.

The start date for competition was pushed back for each sport.

Golf competition can resume on August 24. Dolan stated that golf can social distance better than any sport.

Volleyball, Cheerleading, Soccer, and Cross- Country can resume their seasons on September 2.

Football will begin on September 3.

Dolan stated if you’re attending games or athletic events, indoors and outdoors, you will be required to wear a mask.

There also could be limitations on how many spectators/ fans can be present in attendance at a sporting event .

Dolan said this will be based on sport to sport and community to community basis.

Official guidelines will be released later.

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