SCHSL still undecided on what to do with spring sports


The South Carolina High School League held off on making a decision on its spring sports schedule due to the expected threat of the coronavirus at least until Monday after its Executive Committee met via teleconference on Thursday.

After a lengthy discussion, the committee decided to hold off on making a decision until a conference call among the superintendents of the state's school districts is held on Monday, according to a press release from the SCHSL. Once that meeting is finished, the executive committee will meet again via a conference call to determine any changes to the spring sports schedules.

"The committee is weighing all aspects of the virus as well as school operations and extra-curricular activities to include athletics," SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton said according to the release.

The statement said the SCHSL is in regular contact with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as well as the SCHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of health and medical professionals from across the state.

This means the Sumter Optimist Invitational track and field meet will be held on Saturday at Sumter Memorial Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. The teams from Sumter School District high schools Sumter, Crestwood and Lakewood are to participate along with the teams from Thomas Sumter Academy, East Clarendon, Chapin, Conway, Lower Richland, Richland Northeast and Wilson.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association made the decision on Thursday to suspend all of its spring sports beginning on Saturday and running through April 6. It also decided to postpone its basketball state championship games indefinitely.

The South Carolina Independent School Association announced via its Facebook page on Thursday that it was suspending its spring sports schedule following the completion of any events through Saturday. The suspension will be in affect until Friday, April 3. SCISA will re-evaluate the situation during the down time.