Earlier this week West Virginia governor Jim Justice announced that high school winter sports will be allowed to begin practice around the Mountain State on February 15 with competition slated to start on March 3. As a result, the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission has revised its winter and spring sports schedules.
Wrestling, swimming and basketball teams can start their preseason practices on the day after Valentines Day, and participants must have 14 practice days in before they are allowed to compete.
None of the venues for state championship events have changed as a result of the revised schedule, but everything is being pushed back much later in the calendar that most years.
The state high school cheerleading competition, originally scheduled for last December before being indefinitely postponed, is tentatively scheduled for March 20.
West Virginia University will host the state swim meet in Morgantown on April 20 and 21, followed by the state wrestling tournament in Huntington — split with Class AA-A on April 21 and 22 and Class AAA on April 23 and 24.
A few days later the state basketball tournaments return to the Charleston Coliseum with the girls side scheduled for April 27 through May 1 and the boys from May 4 through May 8.
Spring sports will be allowed to start practicing on March 15 with competitions allowed starting on April 12 — which means some spring sports teams could be waiting several weeks for athletes on winter sports teams still alive in the postseason.
The Charleston area will be quite busy with spring sports state championship events this year with tennis, track and baseball all in their usual venues around the state’s capital city and softball’s state tournament coming to the Kanawha Valley after many years in Vienna. Tennis goes first with its state tournament scheduled for June 3 through 5. Each classification will get its own full day at University of Charleston Stadium for the state track and field meet — Class A on June 10, Class AA on June 11 and Class AAA on June 12.
Softball goes next with its state tournament debut at South Charleston’s Little Creek Park on June 22 and 23, followed by the baseball state tournament at Appalachian Power Park from June 24 through June 26.