Leading up to the start of school in August, a big question among students was whether or not athletes were going to have a fall sports season.
Due to concerns about Covid-19, it seemed high school sports practices and games would be deemed implausible. However, precautions are being taken to ensure Webster Groves High School teams are able to practice this fall and possibly play games.
About the future for fall sports, activities director Jerry Collins, responded “Our hope is that our fall teams will eventually be able to play games this year. We realize that their seasons will be shortened, but at this time that is the preferred option rather than trying to reschedule…. Ultimately it will depend on if and when Saint Louis County deems that it is safe for us to start having competitions with other schools.”
Collins described some precautions the school and teams are taking to ensure a safe practice environment, such as coaches and players wearing masks at all times (unless the players are engaging in “vigorous activity”), daily COVID-19 symptom or exposure screenings, no shared equipment or water, and social distancing.
According to KMOV4, County executive Sam Page declared, “High frequency sports for those over the age of 14, including basketball, lacrosse, wrestling, rugby and football, will face more restrictions. The restrictions include no competitions and a maximum of 30 athletes allowed at practices…Moderate frequency contact sports such as baseball, field hockey, and soccer, will be able to continue practicing with no limit on the number of participants and coaches… Sports like diving, golf, bowling, tennis, and track will be able to compete and practice with a full team. Spectators are not allowed for any of the groups.”
Sunday, Sept. 13, protesters held a rally outside of Page’s private residential street. Students and families from various schools across Saint Louis gathered to protest Page’s recent decision regarding fall sports. Students chanted “Let us play” and “Sam Page has got to go” as they stood at the barricaded entrance to Page’s street.
This will be Addie Palmquist’s first year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year.
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