Coronavirus: Miami Valley League opts for league-only play for fall sports

Coronavirus: Miami Valley League opts for league-only play for fall sports
Troy and Xenia are two Miami Valley League teams. (NICK DUDUKOVICH / CONTRIBUTED)

Miami Valley League teams will play a league-only schedule this fall, superintendents for the schools decided Friday.

Superintendents representing the schools in the MVL met Friday to discuss the status of fall interscholastic athletics and decided it is in the collective best interest to compete among MVL schools only during the regular season because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, MVL Commissioner Eric Spahr said.

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He said the decision will allow membership to implement protocols and guidelines for all member schools to follow and allow for a more controlled environment for the student athletes to safely return to competition.

“Decisions like this are never easy but this gives our students the best opportunity to have a season, given the mandates that must be met and the uncharacteristic times we face,” Spahr said.

According to mvlathletics.com: Fall sports for the MVL include football, soccer (boys and girls), girls volleyball, golf (boys and girls), cross country (boys and girls), girls tennis and cheerleading.

MVL teams include Butler, Greenville, Piqua, Tippecanoe, Troy, Fairborn, Sidney, Stebbins, West Carrollton and Xenia.