Playing the waiting game
Published 10:12 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Spring teams remain hopeful for season
Spring sports teams are hoping the postponement of the spring season by the Virginia High School League turns out to be just a postponement, and nothing more.
The spring season of sports was set to get under way this week. However, the Virginia High School League announced that the start of the season would be postponed for two weeks amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
While many players and coaches understand the reasons for the move, they hope the initial postponement will be just that for now.
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“We are all hoping that we’ll be able to have a season,” said Nansemond River High School boys’ soccer coach, Dustin Tordoff. “We completely agree with everything that Virginia has done making sure everyone is safe and healthy.”
Over the course of the two-week postponement, there will be no practice allowed, which has all coaches around Virginia just waiting and seeing what’s going to happen next. Coaches have been in contact with their players advising them to stay safe but, if possible, find ways to do cardio or some form of a workout in case the season is not lost.
The seniors are in an especially tough spot, not knowing if they will get a chance to play their final season.
“Everybody is kind of in the same situation, so it’s kind of tough,” said Lakeland High School girls’ soccer coach, Adam Smith. “You feel bad for the seniors, you know, but high school sports is such a small part to what’s going on right now. So, we hope we can salvage a season, but if not we will all understand it.”
Despite not officially playing a game, most teams were able to get a couple of scrimmages in before the season started. So, with the exception of winter sports players who were just transitioning to spring sports when the delay happened, most teams and players are set to go.
No school or sport is permitted to practice, which means no team or school will be able to gain an advantage over another. As teams continue to play the waiting game, the hope is that some games can be played rather than none at all.