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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

THE LINEUP: Week 2 Football and More: Thursday, September 1


Game Of The Week Broadcast: Atlee at Deep Run, 7pm (CLICK HERE to listen live on RVASN at 6:30pm)

James River at #10 Douglas Freeman (1-0), 7pm
J.R. Tucker at #11 Lee-Davis, 7pm
Glen Allen at #12 Monacan (1-0), 7:30pm
Varina at I.C. Norcom, 7pm
Powhatan at Midlothian, 7pm
Clover Hill at Prince George, 7:30pm
Huguenot at Lafayette, 7pm
New Kent at Colonial Heights, 7pm


Atlee, Hanover, Lee-Davis vs. Henrico, 11am, Belmont GC
Glen Allen, Mills Godwin vs. Maggie Walker GS, 2pm, Hermitage CC
Huguenot, James River vs Cosby, 3pm, Magnolia Green GC
Deep Run vs. J.R. Tucker, 4pm, The Hollows GC
Hermitage, L.C. Bird vs. Manchester, 4:30pm, Birkdale GC


James River at Collegiate, 4:45pm
Douglas Freeman at Hermitage, 5pm


Hermitage at Patrick Henry, 7pm
L.C. Bird at Matoaca, 7pm
Prince George at Manchester, 7pm


Caroline at Hermitage, 6pm
Monacan at Clover Hill, 7pm
Matoaca at L.C. Bird, 7pm

THE WRAP: Wednesday August 31


Midlothian 6, James River 2
Cosby 5, Matoaca 0
Prince George 6, L.C. Bird 0
Atlee 2, Henrico 0
Douglas Freeman 1, Lee-Davis 0
Patrick Henry 7, Louisa 0
Powhatan 2, Hanover 1
Matoaca 7, Highland Springs 0
Deep Run 3, Mills Godwin 0


Hermitage 3, Meadowbrook 0
Colonial Heights 3, Highland Springs 0


Hermitage 3, Meadowbrook 0
Southampton 3, Colonial Heights 0


Matoaca 172, Meadowbrook 201
Midlothian 150, Manchester 165
Dinwiddie 178, Prince George 188
Monacan 165, L.C. Bird 215


Hopewell 22, Tabb 8
Dinwiddie 53, Hanover 14
Huguenot 36, John Marshall 6
J.R. Tucker 14, Lee-Davis 12
Patrick Henry 32, Caroline 0
St. Christopher's 22, Trinity Episcopal 6
Monacan 26, Glen Allen 12
Mills Godwin 6, Henrico 0 (HALF, game halted due to lightning, resumes Thursday 7:30pm)

The LineUp: Wednesday August 31


Prince George at L.C. Bird, 4:30pm (LIVE Tweet Coverage on @TheRVASportsNet and @cfieldsports)
Henrico at Atlee, 5pm
Hanover at Powhatan, 6pm
Douglas Freeman at Lee-Davis, 6pm
J.R. Tucker at Glen Allen, 6pm
Mills Godwin at Deep Run, 6:45pm
James River at Midlothian, 7pm (LIVE Tweet Coverage on @cfieldsports)
Manchester at Monacan, 7pm
Matoaca at Cosby, 7pm
Patrick Henry at Louisa, 7pm


Highland Springs at Colonial Heights, 6pm
Meadowbrook at Hermitage, 7pm


Meadowbrook at Hermitage, 6pm
Colonial Heights at Southampton, 6pm


Lee-Davis, Mills Godwin at Patrick Henry, 4:30pm
Amelia, Goochland, Randolph-Henry vs. Cumberland, 4:30pm


St. Christopher's at Trinity Episcopal, 4:30pm
John Marshall at Huguenot, 5pm
Patrick Henry at Caroline, 6pm
Hanover at Dinwiddie, 6pm
Monacan at Glen Allen, 6pm
Hermitage at Meadowbrook, 6pm
Prince George at Clover Hill, 6pm
Midlothian at Powhatan, 6:30pm
Fork Union at Goochland, 6:30pm
Hopewell at Tabb, 6:30pm
Deep Run at Atlee, 7pm
Lee-Davis at J.R. Tucker, 7pm
Henrico at Mills Godwin, 7pm
New Kent at Varina, 7pm
Douglas Freeman at James River, 7pm
L.C. Bird at Thomas Dale, 7:30pm


Huguenot, Manchester vs. Midlothian, 3pm, Salisbury CC
Matoaca vs. Meadowbrook, 3:30pm, First Tee
Hopewell vs. Colonial Heights, 3:30pm, Fort Lee GC
Petersburg vs. Thomas Dale, 3:30pm, Meadowbrook GC
Dinwiddie vs. Prince George, 3:30pm, Prince George GC
Caroline vs. James Monroe, 4pm, Fredericksburg CC

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2016 Virginia Volleyball Showcase Schedule--First Round

The 19th Annual Virginia Volleyball Showcase takes place Friday and Saturday at Richmond Volleyball Club. Here is the opening round schedule for all three divisions:


Pool A--Court 1 (Friday):
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy vs. Atlee, 8:30am
Princess Anne vs. Atlee, 10am
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy vs. Princess Anne, 11:30am

Pool B--Court 2 (Friday):
Forest Park vs. Douglas Freeman, 8:30am
Madison vs. Douglas Freeman, 10am
Forest Park vs. Madison, 11:30am

Pool C--Court 3 (Friday):
Hanover vs. James River (Midlothian), 8:30am
Langley vs. James River (Midlothian), 10am
Hanover vs. Langley, 11:30am

Pool D--Court 4 (Friday):
Chantilly vs. Cosby, 8:30am
Ocean Lakes vs. Cosby, 10am
Chantilly vs. Ocean Lakes, 11:30am

Pool E--Court 5 (Friday):
Oakton vs. Midlothian, 8:30am
First Colonial vs. Midlothian, 10am
Oakton vs. First Colonial, 11:30am

Pool F--Court 6 (Friday):
Deep Run vs. Powhatan, 8:30am
Westfield vs. Powhatan, 10am
Deep Run vs. Westfield, 11:30am


Pool A--Court 1 (Friday):
Colonial Forge vs. Lake Braddock, 2:30pm
Northside vs. Lake Braddock, 4pm
Colonial Forge vs. Northside, 5:30pm

Pool B--Court 2 (Friday):
Mills Godwin vs. New Kent, 2:30pm
Franklin County vs. New Kent, 4pm
Mills Godwin vs. Franklin County, 5:30pm

Pool C--Court 3 (Friday):
King George vs. Landstown, 2:30pm
Collegiate vs. Landstown, 4pm
King George vs. Collegiate, 5:30pm

Pool D--Court 4 (Friday):
Mountain View vs. Glen Allen, 2:30pm
James River (Buchanan) vs. Glen Allen, 4pm
Mountain View vs. James River (Buchanan), 5:30pm

Pool E--Court 6 (Friday):
Clover Hill vs. Massaponax, 2:30pm
Granby vs. Massaponax, 4pm
Clover Hill vs. Granby, 5:30pm

Pool F--Court 5 (Friday):
St. Catherine's vs. Patrick Henry, 2:30pm
Courtland vs. Patrick Henry, 4pm
St. Catherine's vs. Courtland, 5:30pm


Pool A--Court 7 (Friday):
Mills Godwin vs. Midlothian, 10am
Thomas Dale vs. Midlothian, 11:30am
Mills Godwin vs. Thomas Dale, 1pm

Pool B--Court 9 (Friday):
Princess Anne vs. Hanover, 10am
Deep Run vs. Hanover, 11:30am
Princess Anne vs. Deep Run, 1pm

Pool C--Court 11 (Friday):
Monacan vs. Douglas Freeman, 10am
Frank W. Cox vs. Douglas Freeman, 11:30am
Monacan vs. Frank W. Cox, 1pm

Pool D--Court 8 (Friday):
Patrick Henry vs. James River, 10am
Prince George vs. James River, 11:30am
Prince George vs. Patrick Henry, 1pm

Pool E--Court 10 (Friday):
Cosby vs. Glen Allen, 10am
Ocean Lakes vs. Glen Allen, 11:30am
Cosby vs. Ocean Lakes, 1pm

Pool F--Court 12 (Friday):
Atlee vs. Maggie Walker GS, 10am
Clover Hill vs. Maggie Walker GS, 11:30am
Clover Hill vs. Atlee, 1pm

THE WRAP: Tuesday August 30


Tabb 5, Maggie Walker GS 0
Trinity Episcopal 8, St. John Paul The Great 0


Douglas Freeman 3, Lee-Davis 2
Atlee 3, Matoaca 0
Deep Run 3, Glen Allen 1
Monacan 3, Midlothian 0
Patrick Henry 3, Maggie Walker GS 0
Bishop Sullivan 3, Trinity Episcopal 1
Mills Godwin 3, Henrico 0


Lee-Davis 3, Douglas Freeman 2
Deep Run 3, Glen Allen 2
James River 3, L.C. Bird 0
Midlothian 3, Monacan 0
Cosby 3, Manchester 0
Patrick Henry 3, Maggie Walker GS 0
Mills Godwin 3, Henrico 0

The LineUp: Tuesday August 30


Douglas Freeman at Lee-Davis, 7pm (Live Tweet Coverage: @hanoversports & @henricosports)
Mills Godwin at Henrico, 6pm
Patrick Henry at Maggie Walker GS, 7pm
Glen Allen at Deep Run, 7pm
L.C. Bird at James River, 7pm
Monacan at Midlothian, 7pm
Cosby at Manchester, 7pm
Atlee at Matoaca, 7:15pm


Lee-Davis at Douglas Freeman, 7pm
Henrico at Mills Godwin, 7pm
Maggie Walker GS at Patrick Henry, 7pm
Deep Run at Glen Allen, 7pm
Manchester at Cosby, 7pm
James River at L.C. Bird, 7pm
Midlothian at Monacan, 7pm


Maggie Walker GS at Tabb, 5pm


Henrico, Highland Springs, Varina vs Atlee, The Crossings
Cosby, Midlothian vs L.C. Bird, 1pm, First Tee
J.R. Tucker vs. Glen Allen, 3pm, Hunting Hawk GC
James River, Manchester vs Monacan, 3:30pm, Stonehenge GC
Hermitage, Maggie Walker GS vs Mills Godwin, 4pm, Hermitage CC

Spiders Atop Preseason Women's XC Poll

Richmond Women Named A-10 Preseason Cross Country Favorites

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Richmond Women’s Cross Country team has been selected as the favorite to repeat as Atlantic 10 Conference Champions in a poll conducted of the league’s 14 head coaches, the A-10 announced on Tuesday.

Richmond, the defending A-10 champion, returns three top-20 performers from last year’s championship in juniors Courtney Thompson (11th place), Amanda Corbosiero (16th place) and Kaelyn Heinicke (20th place). 

Duquesne, the 2015 A-10 runner up, is in pursuit of its third A-10 title and returns two top-10 finishers from last year’s championship including junior Jenny Delsignore (6th place) and senior Valerie Palermo (9th place).

Massachusetts was selected third in the poll and finished tied for third at the 2015 championship. Leading the way for the Minutewomen is senior Heather MacLean. MacLean was the individual runner-up at the 2015 championship.

La Salle was predicted to finish fourth in the poll. The Explorers are led by last year’s individual champion, junior Morgan Szekely.  Szekely concluded her 2015 season finishing 45th out of a field of 254 runners with a time of 20:29.8 (6K) at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Saint Louis finished fifth in the poll and was followed by George Washington, Davidson, Saint Joseph’s, Dayton, George Mason, Fordham, Rhode Island, VCU and St. Bonaventure.

The 2016 Atlantic 10 Women’s Cross Country Championship will be hosted by the University of Richmond at Pole Green Park in Richmond, Va. on October 29. The Cross Country regular season begins on Thursday, September 1.

2016 A-10 Predicted Order of Finish
(2015 Championship finish in parentheses)
1.        Richmond (1st)
2.        Duquesne (2nd)
3.        Massachusetts (T-3rd)
4.        La Salle (T-3rd)
5.        Saint Louis (6th)
6.        George Washington (5th)
7.        Davidson (8th)
8.        Saint Joseph’s (7th)
9.        Dayton (9th)
10.     George Mason (11th)
11.     Fordham (10th)
12.     Rhode Island (12th)
13.     VCU (13th)
14.     St. Bonaventure (14th)

Monday, August 29, 2016

New NBC12/RVA Sports Network Big 12 High School Football Poll

Minor changes, and one new team, highlight the second NBC12/RVA Sports Network Big 12 High School Football Poll after week one of the regular season. Eleven of the twelve teams are in action this week, either on Thursday or Friday.

Last week's ranking and this week's game for each team are in parentheses....

1) Highland Springs (1-0, vs. Norview, Friday, 7pm)
2) L.C. Bird (1-0, at #4 Thomas Dale, Friday, 7pm)
3) Dinwiddie (1-0, at #8 Hanover, Friday, 7pm) (CLICK HERE to listen live on Game of The Week)
4) Thomas Dale (1-0, vs. #2 L.C. Bird, Friday, 7pm)
5) Hermitage (0-1, vs. Meadowbrook, Friday, 7pm)
6) Henrico (0-0, vs. Mills Godwin, Friday, 7pm)
7) Manchester (1-0, IDLE)
8) Hanover (0-0, vs. #3 Dinwiddie, Friday, 7pm) (CLICK HERE to listen live on Game of The Week)
9) Hopewell (0-0, vs. Tabb, Thursday, 7:30pm)
10) Douglas Freeman (1-0, vs. James River, Thursday, 7pm)
11) Lee-Davis (0-0, vs. J.R. Tucker, Thursday, 7pm) (Live Tweet Coverage: @TaylorRVASN)
12) Monacan (1-0, vs. Glen Allen, Thursday, 7:30pm)

Saturday, August 27, 2016



#1 Highland Springs 21, #4 Hermitage 14
#2 L.C. Bird 49, Meadowbrook 7
#3 Dinwiddie 48, James Monroe 10
#5 Thomas Dale 36, #10 Cosby 6
#7 Manchester 44, Matoaca 20
#11 Douglas Freeman 28, Midlothian 0
Monacan 56, Caroline 13
George Wythe 8, Armstrong 6
Sussex Central 26, Trinity Episcopal 20
Goochland 14, Essex 0
Petersburg 37, Nottoway 12
Benedictine 37, St. John Paul The Great 0
Charles City 33, Cumberland 6
Madison County 62, King William 30
Louisa 22, Sherando 21
Huguenot 34, Thomas Jefferson 9

Friday, August 26, 2016

GAME OF THE WEEK: Listen Here To Matoaca/Manchester

CLICK HERE to listen live as Matoaca battles #7 Manchester on RVA Sports Network's Football Game of The Week! Pregame is at 7:45, kickoff at 8:00 (this is a change)!

At another game tonight? Remember to tweet scores, pictures and videos to us at @TheRVASportsNet, and we'll share with Richmond's largest high school sports Twitter following!

Thursday, August 25, 2016


NBC12/RVA Sports Network Big 12 Poll Games:

#1 Highland Springs at #4 Hermitage, 7:30pm (NEW TIME)
#2 L.C. Bird at Meadowbrook, 7:30pm (NEW TIME)
#3 Dinwiddie at James Monroe, 8pm, (NEW TIME) Maury Stadium, Fredericksburg
#5 Thomas Dale at #10 Cosby, 8pm (NEW TIME)
#11 Douglas Freeman at Midlothian, 7:30pm (NEW TIME)

RVA Sports Network Game of The Week: Matoaca at #7 Manchester, 8pm (CLICK HERE to listen live beginning at 7:45pm!)

Other Games:

Petersburg at Nottoway, 7pm
George Wythe at Armstrong, 7pm
Monacan at Caroline, 7:45pm (NEW TIME)
Essex at Goochland, 7pm
Charles City at Cumberland, 7pm
Madison County at King William, 7pm
Thomas Jefferson at Huguenot, 7:30pm (NEW TIME)


Benedictine at St. John Paul The Great, 7:30pm
Trinity Episcopal at Sussex Central, 7pm

THE LINEUP: Thursday August 25


Richmond at Akron, 7:05pm




Deep Run, Gloucester, Mills Godwin vs Matoaca, 11am, The Highlands
Clover Hill, LC Bird, Powhatan vs James River, 1pm, Independence GC
Colonial Heights, Prince George vs Varina, 2pm, Meadowbrook GC
Glen Allen, J.R. Tucker vs Douglas Freeman, 3pm, Richmond CC
Huguenot, Midlothian vs Manchester, 3pm, Birkdale GC
Highland Springs, Lee-Davis vs Hanover, 3:30pm, Hanover CC
Caroline vs. Chancellor, 4pm, Lee's Hill GC


Deep Run at Henrico, 6pm
Douglas Freeman at Atlee, 7pm
Hanover at Dinwiddie, 7pm
Lee-Davis at Hermitage, 7pm
Glen Allen at James River, 7pm
Meadowbrook at L.C. Bird, 7pm
Midlothian at Cosby, 7pm


Colonial Heights at Prince Edward, 5pm
Hanover at Dinwiddie, 5:45pm
Meadowbrook at L.C. Bird, 5:45pm
Henrico at Deep Run, 7pm
Atlee at Douglas Freeman, 7pm
Hermitage at Lee-Davis, 7pm
James River at Glen Allen, 7pm
Cosby at Midlothian, 7pm
Park View-South Hill at Matoaca, 7pm


James River vs. Maggie Walker GS, 6pm, River City SportsPlex
Atlee at Douglas Freeman, 6:30pm
Deep Run at Cosby, 7pm

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

THE WRAP: Wednesday's Scoreboard


Erie 8, Richmond 7



Mills Godwin 7, Henrico 0
Glen Allen 3, Patrick Henry 0
Midlothian 6, Hanover 0
Clover Hill 7, Matoaca 0
Powhatan 5, Monacan 0


Hermitage 3, Varina 0
Monacan 3, Dinwiddie 0
Thomas Dale 3, Manchester 0


Monacan 3, Dinwiddie 0
Thomas Dale 3, Manchester 1
J.R. Tucker 3, Caroline 0


Colonial Heights 184, Meadowbrook 206
Thomas Dale 204, Prince George 208
Atlee 151, Hanover 161, Patrick Henry 190, Lee-Davis 203

THE LINE UP: Wednesday August 24


Richmond at Erie, 7:05pm




Clover Hill, Dinwiddie, Maggie Walker GS vs Matoaca, 11am, The Highlands
Prince George vs. Thomas Dale, 1:30pm, Meadowbrook GC
Atlee, Lee-Davis, Hanover vs Patrick Henry, 3pm, Hanover Country Club
Douglas Freeman vs. Maggie Walker GS, 3pm, The Crossings
Hopewell vs Petersburg, 3:30pm, Dogwood Trace
Meadowbrook vs. Colonial Heights, 3:30pm, Fort Lee GC
Monacan vs. Deep Run, 4pm, The Dominion Club
J.R. Tucker, John Marshall vs Hermitage, 4:30pm, Belmont GC


Lee-Davis at Manchester, 5pm
J.R. Tucker at Caroline, 5pm
Henrico at Mills Godwin, 5:30pm
Midlothian at Hanover, 6:30pm
Powhatan at Monacan, 6:30pm
Matoaca at Clover Hill, 7pm
Glen Allen at Patrick Henry, 7pm


Monacan at Dinwiddie, 7pm
Manchester at Thomas Dale, 7pm
Hermitage at Varina, 7pm


Monacan at Dinwiddie, 5:45pm
Thomas Dale at Manchester, 7pm
Caroline at J.R. Tucker, 7pm


Meadowbrook at L.C. Bird, 6pm
Goochland at Essex, 6:30pm
Midlothian at Douglas Freeman, 7pm
Manchester at Matoaca, 7pm
Cosby at Thomas Dale, 7pm

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

THE WRAP: Tuesday's Finals.....


Erie 5, Richmond 2



Atlee 3, Deep Run 0
Hermitage 3, Henrico 1
Prince George 3, Highland Springs 0
James River 3, Douglas Freeman 0
Lee-Davis 3, Maggie Walker GS 2


Deep Run 3, Atlee 0
Lee-Davis 3, Maggie Walker GS 1
Douglas Freeman 3, James River 0
Midlothian 3, Glen Allen 1
Prince George 3, Highland Springs 0

Atlee 321, Hanover 330
Thomas Dale 172, L.C. Bird 209
Midlothian 156, Monacan 157, Clover Hill 161

FOOTBALL: NBC12/RVA Sports Network Big 12 Preseason High School Poll Released

The initial votes are in and as we ready for the season openers on Friday, here is the first NBC12/RVA Sports Network Big 12 High School Football Poll of the 2016 campaign. 2015 team records are in parentheses:

1) Highland Springs (14-1)
2) L.C. Bird (11-1)
3) Dinwiddie (8-4)
4) Hermitage (12-1)
5) Thomas Dale (9-5)
6) Henrico (7-4)
7) Manchester (6-5)
8) Hanover (9-4)
9) Hopewell (11-3)
10) Cosby (8-5)
11) Douglas Freeman (9-2)
12) Lee-Davis (9-3)

Also Receiving Votes: Monacan

THE LINE UP: Tuesday August 23


Deep Run at Atlee, 7pm (CLICK HERE to listen LIVE on RVA Sports Network!)
Highland Springs at Prince George, 6pm
Henrico at Hermitage, 6pm
Maggie Walker GS at Lee-Davis, 7pm
James River at Douglas Freeman, 7pm


Atlee at Deep Run, 7pm
Hermitage at Henrico, 7pm
Prince George at Highland Springs, 7pm
Lee-Davis at Maggie Walker GS, 7pm
Douglas Freeman at James River, 7pm
Glen Allen at Midlothian, 7pm


Thomas Dale vs. L.C. Bird, 10:30am, First Tee of Chesterfield
John Marshall, Mills Godwin vs. J.R. Tucker, 1pm, The Hollows
Highland Springs, Lee-Davis, Patrick Henry vs Varina, 2pm, Meadowbrook GC
Clover Hill, Monacan vs. Midlothian, 2:30pm, Stonehenge GC
Central Lunenburg, Cumberland vs. Goochland, 3:30pm, The Hollows


Richmond at Erie, 7:05pm

Monday, August 22, 2016

THE WRAP: Monday's High School and Pro Finals....

Atlee 3, Mills Godwin 2
Lee-Davis 3, J.R. Tucker 1
Glen Allen 4, Hanover 1


Bear Golf Invitational (hosted by Riverbend High School):

Langley 280, Patriot 295, James River 299, Cosby 305, Colonial Forge 318, Massaponax 332, Eastern View 345

Dinwiddie 157, Meadowbrook 174, Petersburg 216

Erie 4, Richmond 2

Monday August 22: The LineUp


Colonial District Meet (Deep Run, Douglas Freeman, Glen Allen, Hermitage, J.R. Tucker, Maggie Walker, Mills Godwin) , 12:30pm, The Hollows
Atlee vs Varina, 2pm, Meadowbrook GC
Colonial Heights vs. Thomas Dale, 2pm, Meadowbrook GC
James River, Cosby at Bear Invitational at Fawn Lake CC hosted by Riverbend HS
Dinwiddie, Petersburg vs Meadowbrook, 3:30pm at First Tee


Mills Godwin at Atlee, 5pm (Live Tweet Coverage @hanoversports and @henricosports)
Hermitage at Henrico, 6pm
J.R. Tucker at Lee-Davis, 6pm
Hanover at Glen Allen, 6:45pm (Live Tweet Coverage @hanoversports and @henricosports)


Colonial Heights at Park View-South Hill, 5:45pm

Saturday, August 20, 2016

"Game Of The Week" Broadcast Schedule Now Posted

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fall Sports Photo Galleries!

To see highlights from Monday's Clover Hill Field Hockey Scrimmage Jamboree at River City SportsPlex, CLICK HERE.

To see highlights from Monday's Hanover County Annual Golf Quad Meet at Hanover Country Club, CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

VHSL Announces Timeline For Action On Pitch Counts

In July, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) mandated all state groups create pitch count regulations in high school baseball.

Tuesday, the Virginia High School League announced its timeline for handling this issue prior to the 2017 season, and also brought softball into the conversation, as the governing body had discussed both sports over the past ten months after recommendations from the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.. The NFSHSA did not discuss softball in its latest ruling.

Below is today's communique released by the VHSL on the issue. Bold emphasis is ours, and not done by VHSL save the listed dates.

VHSL pitch count timeline

Charlottesville, VA - In October of 2015, the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) recommended that “member state associations move toward using pitch counts in Baseball, and that pitchers do not throw to fatigue in both Baseball and Softball. At that time, the VHSL staff devised a timeline for transitioning our state from our current Baseball pitching policy that is based on innings pitched to a policy based on pitch counts. The original timeline was to include input from coaches and vetting of any proposed policy by VHSL member schools during the 2016-17 school year, prior to implementation of such a policy for the 2018 or 2019 season. However, during the June 2016 meeting of the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee, the committee approved a change in the rules book that mandates a pitching policy based on pitch counts and the rule will be effective for the 2017 baseball season (this coming spring). In as much, our timeline for development of a new pitching policy based on pitch counts has been accelerated but will still allow for coaches’ input and vetting by member schools.

The intended timeline is as follows:

  1. Late August – Conduct a survey of VHSL baseball coaches to obtain data on pitch-count ranges currently used by our coaches.
  2. September 7 – VHSL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) meets.
  3. Mid-September – Convene the original pitching policy committee with additional representatives to ensure that each of the 12 regions is represented.
  4. September 21 – Present the intended process and timeline to the Executive Committee.
  5. Early October – Using data from the survey and other available information, through the re-convened pitching policy committee, develop a DRAFT pitch-count-based policy for membership review prior to the October membership meetings.
  6. October 13 – Discussion and possible break-out session regarding pitch-count during the membership meetings.
  7. Late October – Modify DRAFT policy, as appropriate, based on membership discussion and feedback for dissemination and additional discussion in the regions prior to December Executive Committee meeting.
  8. December 7 – Submit pitch-count legislation as “emergency legislation” to the Executive Committee, after vetting throughout the fall.

While it was not our intention to submit this change as emergency legislation, it is the only way that we can develop a policy with membership input and implement the policy for the 2017 season. It is our hope that the dialogue that typically occurs during the normal two-vote process will take place prior to the legislation’s submission as emergency legislation.