Gov. Phil Scott Says Vermont Will Play High School Sports This Fall

Vermont Governor Phil Scott said high school sports will occur this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: ANGELA EVANCIE / VPR FILE)


High school sports will occur this fall in Vermont, according to Governor Phil Scott.

Scott gave the green light for high school sports to occur this fall during yesterday’s press conference, which ended any speculation of if and when a season would occur during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

“I know many have been wondering if there was going to be a season at all. We want to make it clear: There will be,” Scott said, via Alex Abrami and Austin Danforth of the Burlington Free Press.  

While Scott’s remarks should spark excitement for student-athletes that play fall sports in Vermont such as cross country, field hockey, soccer, and volleyball, it does not officially answer the question of if and how football can be played. Scott noted the upcoming fall sports season “will look much different” this year, which means football games and practices might look different, as well. But we should know more about the state’s plans for football next week, along with additional iunformation for the state’s other sports, too.

Vermont, which offers eight sports in the fall, would permit practices to begin Tuesday, September 8. That date could move, pending the state’s reopening plan. Additionally, spectators – 150, to be exact – would be allowed to attend games and meets this fall, but no jamborees can occur.

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