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When COVID-19 quickly spread and everything quickly shut down, many athletes asked themselves; what now? Many school athletes play team sports, which leaves them wondering when they will be able to return to their beloved sport and under which conditions. No tackling in football and rugby? Or no slamming other hockey players in the boards? Though only three sports were named here, many thoughts similar to these are running through the minds of all team players.
Though there are still many things that are still up in the air and we cannot be certain when sports will return to playing regular games, slowly but surely these players can get back to doing what they love. Practices are beginning to occur for select sports in select places, but the transition into a COVID-19 friendly practice is being taken extremely cautiously.
As we still are in a global pandemic, all precautions will not be taken lightly. Players must stay six feet apart at all times, wear a mask, and use hand sanitizer and disinfectant when sharing anything. This may be disappointing to many athletes, as they are yearning to connect again with their teammates and play their sport how it is intended to be played. However, these gradual changes and respecting these restrictions will only help get back to regular games faster.
Your sport may currently be on a hiatus. Athletes may experience feeling lost without guidance, or unmotivated. Perhaps without the structured routine of practices or weekly chats with your teammate, your passion seems far away, but you will play again.
Originally Published on www.bandersnatch.ca Vol.50 Issue 01 on September 9th, 2020