Roanoke City Schools says the Virginia High School League (VHSL) is finally listening.
Administrators have complained for years about the travel for student athletes.
Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools are Triple A schools. They have to play other schools similar in size like GW Danville, Franklin County, and Halifax County.
Roanoke City Schools say that's unfair. The school system spends $200,000 a year on transportation for student athletes. That is much higher than neighboring school systems.
Roanoke City Schools say students lost 7,000 hours of instructional time last year because students had to be dismissed early for games that are far away.
News 7 recently traveled with the Patrick Henry women's volleyball team to see what these athletes go through. The team was playing Halifax County.
Most students use the travel time to do homework. They say they can't afford not to.
When asked how much homework they have, Kellen Dunnavant told News 7, "At least two hours, probably closer to three to four."
The students say doing homework on a bus isn't easy. "It's a bumpy ride so you're writing messy and stuff," said Annalee Lowman.
We left PH for Halifax County at 2:30 P.M. and arrived back in Roanoke just after midnight. It was a 9 1/2 hour trip.
By the time we got back to Roanoke, just about everyone on the bus was asleep.
"I'm exhausted, it's been a really long day," said Samantha Edge.
"I wasn't expecting it to be so tiring," said Sophia Tailor.
I'm completely exhausted," said Hayley Arnold.
The VHSL reviews leagues every two years and we're told the latest review should be finished in a few weeks. School Board Chairman David Carson tells News 7 the VHSL has been more responsive the last few weeks. The hope is Roanoke City will be placed in another league.
Administrators are expecting to hear something on November 29th. If there is a change, it wouldn't take effect for another year.