From Golf to Baseball: How Have Student- Athletes Continued to Play Sports Despite Covid-19?

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Photo Courtesy of Tucker Biehl

Due to the strict regulations in California, many teams have gone out of state to compete. Sage Creek students Noah Sharar, Tucker Biehl, Colby Keisling, Jo Thompson and Tyler Rhyne stand with other teammates after a game.

Emma Velchek, Staff Writer

Among many of the questions students are asking, one of them is when can we play sports again?

Many student-athletes wonder when or will they be able to resume high school sports? As established so far, fall sports will be pushed back to winter. Some sports such as Boys Volleyball, will start in the winter alongside Girls Volleyball. Other sports like Girls Golf and Girls Tennis will be pushed back to compete in the spring.

Despite the set-back of school athletics, students have pursued athletics in other forms. This can consist of being on a club team, recreational team, or training independently.

Playing a team sport can be more difficult presently due to the number of people that are around each other. Nevertheless, junior Noah Sharar has had no problems regarding the tricky situations. Sharar is currently playing club baseball while traveling across America to compete.

“Because we live in California and there are a lot more restrictions… we’ve been doing a lot of out of state tournaments,” Sharar said.

Athletes are only required to wear masks when they are not on the field. Sharar explains what precautions he specifically has to take.

“Being a catcher I can’t turn around and introduce myself to the umpires,” Sharar said.

Unlike Sharar, some students find it harder to continue competing in their sport. Alisa Sumwalt, a sophomore, is planning to participate on the Cross Country team in the winter. Due to uncertain circumstances, it is difficult to maintain a

The Cross Country team works hard in the harsh fall heat. Although students have found some ways to continue playing their sport, they miss competing alongside their peers. (Photo by Emma Velchek)

n effective training schedule.

“When running you have a pre-season to prepare for the season… with the bad air quality recently or if you go on family trips you have to start over with training,” Sumwalt said.

She remembers her season last year when she didn’t have to worry about coronavirus.

“Running with other people is so much more fun than just running by yourself,” Sumwalt said.

Like Sumwalt, Sarina Doss, captain of the Girls Golf team, also plays an individual sport. She explains how she has been able to continue playing.

“We are members at a club called Morgan Run in Del Mar so I usually just go play there with my family,” Doss said. “Golf is such an independent sport so it hasn’t been that hard to continue playing.

Depending on the sport, there are more safety precautions that are needed to take than others.

Marcus Delker, a junior, has had to adjust to the rules that take place in his volleyball club.

We have to wear masks when we play which is kind of frustrating when… you are sweating and stuff,” Delker said. “They also don’t allow towels on the court which means the floor is dirty all the time and it’s super slippery.”

Student-athletes have very high hopes of

going back to playing school sports in the winter. Until then, students have found ways to keep playing sports despite Covid-19 rules and regulations.