Video and Writing by Markian Nychka
From practice all the way to the games, the pandemic has drastically changed what a season looks like. Like most teams, the season for both the Girls and Boys Varsity soccer teams has been a wild ride. The new set of restrictions greatly limited the players. During practice and games, masks were required at all times. Additionally, players and parents needed to, as best as possible, socially distance. While these new measures took some time to get used to, the players did not let it hinder their game. After a 9-0 season, the Boys Varsity Soccer team went undefeated and won the Putnam Northern Westchester Small School Champion title. Girls Varsity Soccer progressed to the finals of their section, but unfortunately the deciding game was canceled due to a positive case of COVID on the opposing team. Below, I provide a closer look into the great season of both teams.
The fall season showed that we have to be ready for anything. Whether it’s adapting to last minute changes or accepting season ending deductions, the winter season has already taken a turn with basketball being postponed until further notice. All the low to mid-risk sports such as track, swimming, and skiing have been given state clearance to start their season; they have been practicing for a week or so. Guidelines for the winter season should look very similar to the fall ones. There are strict measures to ensure safety, including no shaking hands with referees, players or coaches, and only two spectators per athlete. Additionally, all athletes must maintain a six-foot distance whenever possible. Additionally, temperature checks will occur before every practice and game. We are assuming that once these low risk sports start competing, very similar rules will be in place. It is clear that similar to the fall, the winter season will look different from past years in many ways.