PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Spring sports activities have begun for highschool groups within the space. Nonetheless, the pandemic remains to be presenting challenges for these coaches and athletes.
Final spring, the hearts of many athletes had been damaged as types had been placed on maintain.
This yr it’s a distinct story as spring sport athletes are going to have a season, they simply aren’t positive how that season goes to look.
“It’s the identical scenario we confronted, however otherwise as a result of we now know just a little bit extra in regards to the virus,” Arnold softball coach Rick Inexperienced mentioned.
Scheduling video games has been powerful on coaches, particularly since different faculties have needed to cancel as a result of COVID-19 points or protocols.
For Inexperienced, he’s already had fifteen groups drop out of his annual softball match.
“It’s alternative after alternative with scheduling however you don’t know in case your gonna play the individuals or not,” Inexperienced mentioned.
Bay Excessive is in the identical boat the place they will’t solidify dates and instances for his or her annual baseball match due to groups dropping out and in.
Nonetheless, scheduling isn’t the one problem. Some athletes must quarantine all through the season as a result of COVID-19 publicity.
Bay Excessive athletic director Michael Grady mentioned he is aware of it’s irritating for the coaches, however there’s a constructive aspect to it.
“If college students have to sit down out, one other scholar will get to step up and present what they will do. It builds depth, that’s one other factor about sports activities that’s good is that you just get to construct depth and hopefully come playoff time you’re a higher workforce because the season goes by way of,” Grady mentioned.
Grady additionally mentioned the monetary pressure the pandemic has placed on the athletic division and even the athletes have been an issue too and he hopes that followers will come out this season to assist.
“Remember, that our scholar athletes are typically having to pay for issues on their very own and we need to make it in order that scholar athletes by no means must pay to particpate at the highschool degree,” Grady mentioned.
Even with all the problems that will come up within the spring season, these athletes simply grateful to play.
“Worrying about tomorrow, takes the enjoyment out of at present. We’re gonna must take it day-to-day and decide when it occurs. Once more, I’m considering each highschool in Bay County is within the scenario we’re in,” Inexperienced mentioned.