On Thursday, December 3 winter sports will begin practicing for a strange sporting season.
Due to changes caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Eastern Christian athletes will be taking part in a winter sports season which differs heavily from what they are used to.
So far, it is nearly certain that basketball will be proceeding and it is likely that bowling will as well. Winter track, however, is still in question.
Eastern Christian Athletics Director, Mr. Veenstra said that “I’m having a tough time figuring out how they’ll do [Winter Track].”
There will be many changes taking place to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the sports season.
The schedule for the sports season will be different than normal, as Mr. Veenstra explained, “The schedule, like the fall, will be shorter and start a little later, but almost on time. It will certainly end sooner.”
In basketball, the varsity and junior varsity teams may practice separately to increase both teams’ safety.
Mr. Veenstra stated that “things like that might have to be done to keep groups separate and to limit the number of people in the gym at the same time”
Scheduling time in the gym would be one of the challenges that this season presents. Getting transportation to and from school for sports teams will be one of, if not the, biggest challenge of this season, especially considering the weather and the necessity of keeping bus windows down.
Despite these challenges, Eastern Christian will pursue a winter sports season, as Mr. Veenstra concluded, “If we want to play we’re going to have to do some extra things.”