Bedford County School Board votes to return varsity sports after losing fall season

Teams can play as long as they follow specific guidelines,

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – Bedford County student-athletes will be able to get back on the playing field soon.

The school board voted to bring back varsity sports beginning with a make-up season for fall sports. This decision comes after the school board was split on whether or not to allow student-athletes to pay.

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Student-athletes are allowed to play again as long as they follow COVID-19 guidelines that include rules involving mask requirements, limiting locker room usage, screening protocols, no spectators at events and more.

“I think I probably said the same with this, there are pieces that we would all like to look different but in the interest of getting athletics and health and safety all on the same page I think this an excellent starting point,” board chair Jason Johnson said.

Sports included in the fall sports make-up season are football, cross country, competition cheer, golf, volleyball and sideline cheer.

Officials said the decision on junior varsity will be made at a later time.

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