NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — An early finish to winter sports activities final yr meant North Kingstown boy’s basketball group didn’t have an opportunity to defend its championship.
So for Coach Aaron Thomas, the return of winter sports activities this yr is best late than by no means.
“A number of these youngsters in highschool, they reside for this second,” Thomas stated.
The Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) introduced Friday that low- to moderate-contact winter sports activities, together with basketball, gymnastics, ice hockey, indoor observe and area and swimming, can start training on Jan. 4.
Thomas stated whereas he’s grateful the winter sports activities season wasn’t canceled, he’s involved concerning the state date. He stated the season will begin 5 weeks later than traditional, giving groups solely two weeks to observe.
“It’s going to be 10 days in, we’ll begin enjoying video games and nevertheless many video games it occurs to be, and it’s going to be fairly fast,” he stated.
Although questions relating to enjoying sports activities amid the pandemic stay, Thomas stated student-athletes have been ready for this chance.
“Now we’re going to get the chance and we hope it’s not going to be taken away,” Thomas stated.
Security restrictions will likely be put into place by RIIL, however as of proper now, there will likely be no main rule adjustments to the sport.
Thomas stated one restriction that does elevate some questions on who will get the privledge to swimsuit up this season.
“Principally, you’re allowed 16 folks to be within the group, or pod, and that features coaches and gamers,” he defined. “There’s a number of faculties on the market which have a number of coaches, so that would restrict the precise variety of youngsters who get to play on the group.”
Regardless of this, Thomas welcomes the return to the court docket. He stated this information will likely be nice for the children’ social life and psychological well being.
Even with the restrictions, he and his group are able to play ball.
“I actually assume it’s what it’s, if you happen to’re going to play you’ve acquired to put on a masks,” he stated. “Put the masks on, play, and let’s go.
Thomas stated he has no expectations going into this season due to the entire adjustments, and plenty of groups will simply recognize having the possibility to play.