Announcements and Important Events
By Siddha Shah in Seven Hills Canvass
SEVEN HILLS—Athletics have changed to comply with COVID-19 protocols in ways such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand hygiene. The COVID-19 regulations and protocols for fall sports include wearing masks and maintaining a six-foot social distance when not in a game or practice, sanitizing equipment, and taking temperatures before each practice and game.
COVID-19 protocols affect the spectators as well. Seven Hills is limiting the number of spectators at games to two family members per player. Shravan Sekhar, a freshman and athlete, said, “The limited fans has not affected me personally, but I know that it has affected some of my friends and teammates. Some people like the fans because it gives them adrenaline, and I also like that, but on the field I’m playing the same as before.” Sekhar said he thinks more fans could come to games if they follow precautions like social distancing and wearing masks.
Sekhar said he noticed that some of the coaches are not running as many scrimmages in practices because it involves the players getting too close to one another. “Overall Seven Hills is doing a good job following all the protocols and regulations due to COVID,” said Sekhar.
Brandon Williams, the Associate Athletic Director, said that COVID-19 changed the fall sports seasons and the start times of practice and games. “Non-contact sports, like volleyball, were allowed to start at normal times because they don’t have to be close to one another, but sports like soccer and cross country were forced to start later. It took a little bit to decide what sports are allowed, but now they’re all allowed to play,” said Williams.
Volleyball players wear neck gaiters to put over their faces when they are subbed out. Volleyball teams traditionally switch sides, but that no longer happens this year. Additionally, the temperatures of fans have to be taken because the games take place indoors. This does not apply to outdoor sports, but masks and social distancing are still required.
COVID-19 protocols have also affected cross country. The number of runners is being limited to ten per team. While all runners can attend practices, some may not participate in as many meets as before.