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Posted on: October 27, 2020

Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation Cancels Youth Sports for Winter

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To protect our youth and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020-2021 basketball and cheerleading seasons. Under normal circumstances, well over 750 youth would participate in these two sporting seasons, which run from December to March.

“Cancelling this year’s season was a tough decision to make, but we believe it was the right one,” said Interim Director of Parks and Recreation Justin Price.  “There simply is no way to keep all the athletes, families, and fans safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in an indoor environment.”

During normal years, the games and practices would take place at the Pittsylvania County Community Center and in Pittsylvania County Public Schools’ gymnasiums. Due to social distancing requirements, many of those gymnasiums are being used for storage space or even as classrooms.

In an effort to reduce the community transmission of COVID-19 in our community, both the baseball and football seasons were already canceled earlier in the year.

“While we regret having to cancel these sports and every 2020 sports season to protect our youth, we look forward to safely bringing back our sports later in 2021,” Price said.

Even though the youth basketball and cheer seasons are not happening as they normally would, the Community Center gymnasium can still be rented out for basketball, volleyball, or events. Time slots and space are limited. Those who are interested can call the Community Center at 434-432-7736.

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