Sports organizations all over the world have had to think “outside the box” over the last three and a half months.

The Virginia High School League is among those, scrambling for options should the fall sports season be delayed.

VHSL executive director Billy Haun presented a model to the executive committee Thursday that certainly would be a bit different.

“This is a model,” he stressed. “This is not a VHSL schedule.”

The model would shorten the length of seasons and start athletics in mid-December.

The schedule:

• December 13 to February 20: Winter Sports — boys basketball, girls basketball, indoor track, swimming and wrestling;

• February 15 to May 1: Fall Sports — football, volleyball, cross country and golf;

• April 12 to June 26: Spring Sports — baseball, softball, soccer, track and tennis.

Haun said the model is an example of what could be done should there be no sports in the fall.

Covington High School athletic director Charity Hale is intrigued by the idea.

“I’ve looked at it,” said Hale. “I think it’s definitely a possibility for us to have all three of the seasons. I would hate to see us miss fall sports completely.

I think that’s the best option of us having all three seasons.

“Right now I think the issue for the VHSL, and it’s understandable, is until we don’t have to social distance and until it’s safe not to be social distancing, how can we do more than just conditioning,” she added. “Maybe come December we could actually have all three seasons.”

Will Fields is slated to take over the Alleghany football program this fall and his Mountaineers are scheduled to host Covington in the annual Brackman Cup game on August 28.

“I don’t want kids to have to choose between sports and maybe they won’t,” Fields said of the proposal. “It’s problematic but it’s better than nothing.”

(Gavin Dressler Photo)