TAYLOR COUNTY— COVID-19 continues to have major impacts on state and local sporting events.
On Thursday, March 12, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice requested that West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) Director Bernie Dolan, suspend both the boys and girls West Virginia High School State Basketball Tournaments.
“I hate that we’re at the point where we have to make some of these decisions,” he shared. “When you look at the state basketball tournament, I of all people know how much hard work the kids and their parents put in. The team I coach is in the state tournament. I truly know the hours of practices that these kids put in, for months and months, and how disappointed they and their families will be, along with the kids at the other schools.”
Justice went on to say that it was a necessary step that needed taken to ensure the health and safety of the state’s young athletes.
“And again, this is all being done out of an abundance of caution, but we have to think of the long-term health and safety of all of our people first and foremost. With that, I would tell you we should still continue to love our lives as best we can, but we need to be smart,” he advised.
Following this announcement, on Friday, March 13, many West Virginia counties began following suit, cancelling their sporting events, as well. Among those counties was our very own, as many youth sport leagues met and came to the difficult decision of cancelling/ postponing games and practices.
Youth league basketball at West Taylor Elementary shared that they have chosen to cancel the remainder of their season, which was near its end.
However, other spring sports were just getting started for the season, and also had to make the tough decision for the safety of their players.
Friday afternoon, the Taylor County Soccer Association announced their choice to postpone the spring season until further notice.
“We will extend the season if needed, but at this time the kids are our main concern. Coaches will be in contact in the near future. Look for updates from your coach or on Facebook for a start date,” the organization shared via Facebook.
Meanwhile, Taylor County Little League, who had just recently held tryouts and scheduled their opening date for April 18, also revealed their decision to suspend all league activity until April 6.
“We will reevaluate on that date. The season is not canceled at this moment. Please follow our Facebook page for further updates,” league representatives wrote.
In addition, Taylor County Superintendent Christy Miller, declared all of the county’s spring sports cancelled as of Monday, March 16, until further notice.
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Alternately, information about Taylor County spring soccer can be found at www.facebook.com/Taylor-County-Soccer-Association-205965056085198, and those looking for updates on Taylor County Little League can visit, www.facebook.com/taylorcountylittleleague.