Burke Sports Resume as Life Begins Return to Normal

Burke athletics resumed this spring for students in grades 8 through 12 after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a pause that lasted more than a year.  After receiving approval from the DC State Athletic Association and the Mayor’s office, the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference resumed operations in mid-March. In accordance with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s long awaited plan to safely get teens back in the field, DC high school non-contact sports began practicing first across the city as other sports soon followed.


Despite it being a fall sport in previous years, Burke allowed Cross Country to begin practicing first due to its lack of physical contact and ability to socially distance. Cross Country replaced Track and Field as the spring running sport just for the 2020-2021 academic year. High School Softball made its long awaited return in April after the post-spring break quarantine period. After an abrupt cancellation of last year’s season, the team resumed PVAC play. 


After being held virtually in the fall, Soccer returned in person concurrently with Softball, but with a unique twist to this year. For safety reasons, the Athletics department decided to make the team co-ed. Since Soccer is traditionally a fall sport as well, there were no PVAC-sponsored games with other schools and exclusively held practices. 


One would hope for Burke to return to the traditional athletic schedule for the 2021-2022 school year for both middle and high school students. Soccer and Cross Country will return to being fall sports along with Volleyball. Assuming all goes according to plan, the winter trimester will include Basketball and Swimming while the spring will hold the return of Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Baseball, and Golf if there is sufficient interest.