The Southwest Preparatory Conference announced on its website Thursday afternoon that it will delay the beginning of the fall sports season due to COVID-19.
The John Cooper School in The Woodlands competes in the league along with 17 other member schools across Texas and Oklahoma.
“At this time SPC schools are agreeing to delay any competition between schools for any of our sports to, at earliest, September 8th,” the statement read on behalf of Chris Gunnin, Chair of the SPC Board of Directors and Bob Windham, the SPC commissioner.
“SPC counter games would not occur until, at earliest, the week of September 21. SPC will not regulate when or how individual member schools hold training sessions or practices during the unusual circumstances of COVID-19.”
“I’m happy that we made a decision to move forward,” John Cooper Director of Athletics John Hoye said. “It gives us direction.”
The Dragons football team, which has reached the SPC championship the past two years and are coached by Erik DeHaven, had two scrimmages set for mid-August as well as games against St. John’s (Aug. 28) and Lutheran South (Sept. 4). After that, the Dragons play Cypress Christian (Sept. 11) and Cistercian Prep (Sept. 18).
If conditions improve with the virus enough to return to competition on Sept. 8, games would be non-conference up until the week of Sept. 21.
Hoye stressed that the situation is fluid in terms of games beginning as well as practices held prior to that. Safety and health of the student-athlete and coaches are the top concern.
The Cooper varsity volleyball team was to begin its regular season Aug. 13 and the varsity cross country team in August as well.
The statement also read that “The commissioner continues to meet regularly with heads of school and athletic directors from our member schools during the summer to explore and review every possibility for providing the safest, most appropriate and most meaningful experiences for our student-athletes.”