MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott is easing some restrictions on school and recreational sports practices, effective today, Jan. 18. Among the changes, outdoor ski teams will be allowed to compete this winter, Scott said in his Jan. 15 news conference.
Nordic skiers from Middlebury and Otter Valley union high schools could begin to hit the trails soon, although the Otter skiers appear to have a clearer path.
OV skiers have a half-dozen meets on a modified schedule, beginning Jan. 27, with the first three meets set to be hosted by Woodstock, Mount Anthony and Brattleboro. Per state officials, the...
ADDISON COUNTY — Although Gov. Phil Scott in his Tuesday, Dec. 22, press conference gave the go-ahead for schools to begin sports practices as soon as Dec. 26, local schools are opting to wait until after the current holiday break.
Scott announced at the beginning of his weekly Tuesday press briefing the easing of several COVID-19 restrictions, including allowing what he called “a phased restart of youth, recreation and school sports.”
He said this change does not apply to adult leagues, and spectators are still banned.
Specifically, he said, youth, school and recreation teams would be...
MONTPELIER — The fate of high school winter sports remains up in the air, as Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday said the ongoing spike of COVID-19 cases is too serious to allow state health officials to green-light the season.
“Our data does not support the return of school or recreational sports at this time,” Scott said at his Dec. 8 news conference. “I will continue to evaluate this each week.”
Scott has already announced at recent conferences a delay of preseason practices originally scheduled to begin on Nov. 30. Competitions in most sports remain scheduled to open on Jan. 11, and school...
MUHS senior Clara Wolff smashes the ball on goal during field hockey practice in Middlebury last week. Players are getting used to wearing face masks that must be worn for all Vermont high school sports events this fall.
Photo by Steve James
UPDATE: According to reports confirmed by Middlebury Union High School Activities Director Sean Farrell on Friday morning, the Agency of Education will not, as hoped, green-light inter-school competition beginning on Sept. 21. Local teams had hoped to start playing games as early as Sept. 23. Farrell said that state Educaiton officials have informed school superintendents a decision will be made and announced next week when and if games can resume. Games listed to occur before Sept. 28 will thus be either postponed or canceled. The Independent will update the situation as soon as...
MONTPELIER — As a measure to protect high school athletes from COVID-19, the Vermont Principals’ Association has floated a proposal to wait until the state’s public schools open in late August or early September before fall sports practices begin.
The Vermont Agency of Education and Gov. Phil Scott will make the final decision on when and if school sports get under way.
Under current COVID-19 guidelines state officials are allowing youth organizations to operate programs this summer in all but one of the sports the VPA sanctions at the varsity high school level in the fall — the exception is...