Due to the current COVID-19 situation locally and across the state, Winchester Public Schools is postponing the start of the high school and middle school winter athletics season. We will re-evaluate this decision on January 4, 2021. The condensed Virginia High School League schedule was set to begin on December 7, 2020 for basketball and cheer and on December 14, 2020 for indoor track, swimming and wrestling. All VHSL rules and guidelines will continue to be followed during this period. We will work with the Northwestern District to modify our schedule and accommodate this current situation in order to maintain post season eligibility.
Currently, all of our athletes will continue to work out under the WPS guidelines. In addition, middle school athletes will begin conditioning programs for winter sports. We are looking forward to providing our students the opportunity to compete this year and value the contributions of athletics and activities in our students’ lives. While this delay is disappointing, we are committed to serving our students and community in all facets.
We are pleased to release our 2020-21 schedules, including our compressed football schedule. The Handley Athletic Schedules can be viewed at this site. (Note: "Fall" Sports will be found under the Spring Sports Tab this year.) For sports besides football, where possible due to VHSL contest limits, we will be using a schedule that has all NWD pod schools playing each other twice and playing the schools in the opposite NWD pod one time each. In some sports (baseball, basketball, softball) where VHSL contest limits allow more games due to the 60% rule, each school has the opportunity to play a few different schools outside of the NWD. Schedules for Competition Cheer, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track, Swim, and Track & Field are still being finalized due to the nature of those sports.
Due to the time of year that the VHSL football season has been scheduled, natural grass fields may not be playable due to safety reasons. To ensure player safety and readiness of the fields for the unusual back-to-back sports seasons, John Handley High School has partnered with FCPS to host all local varsity football games on the turf field at Handley High School. A joint FCPS/JHHS varsity football schedule has been agreed upon.