Virginia Beach Schools modifies student athlete guidelines to allow club, travel sports

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jan 07, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach City Public Schools announced Thursday that it will modify its high school athletics guidelines to allow student athletes to participate in club and travel sports.

According to a letter sent to families of student athletes, external organizations that want student athletes to compete while also playing for VBCPS will need to submit their health mitigation strategies to the Office of Student Leadership by Thursday, January 14. Organizations need to have, at minimum, health requirements that meet VBCPS's own standards.

"We want to provide students with every opportunity to participate in athletics as safely as possible, and we hope this revised rule will encourage sports clubs to adopt and adhere to our robust mitigation practices," the letter read.

Organizations that do not submit health strategies will not be able to have VBCPS student athletes participate.

The letter also added that while student athletes may participate with eligible programs, participation in out-of-town competition and camps may jeopardize their continued participation in Beach District sports.