• Luke Leblanc, Anne Christie

The Effects of COVID-19 on School Sports

(Boys Soccer)

It’s safe to say that COVID-19 has had a major impact on the last few months of everyone’s life, from isolating for months to gathering limitations. It's obvious everyone has been impacted by the regulations for COVID-19. However, our school's athletes have an even more difficult time dealing with the changes made to their sports in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Luckily we’ve seen the return of volleyball, hockey and soccer at both the varsity and JV level. We talked to some of our athletes to see how they feel about their upcoming and current seasons.

We spoke to co captain and JV girls volleyball enthusiast Bridget Noseworthy to find out what their Covid season is looking like. Their season, much like many others, was re instituted hastily, nonetheless the players are happy to be back on the court. In terms of Covid restrictions, she mentioned that the players wear their masks when setting up and taking down and take them off to play. The biggest change would have to be that they cannot have spectators. In speaking to BNose, she said “it definitely affects our energy on the court having no one to cheer us on”. Despite that the team has been quite successful, up 3-1 so far in the season. The girls season is shorter than usual, with less games scheduled, but we wish them luck in their games to come!

We got a chance to catch up with 2nd year Citadel hockey forward Benjamin Childs and talk about what his last season is going to look like. Ben remains optimistic about his senior season as the Phoenix are out to a strong 3-1 start. However, many of the players are upset about the lack of fans allowed into the games as many rinks have a one spectator per player policy, which really hurts the support for the team and the players pursuit of puck bunnies. Ben has said that the biggest change that he has seen is that players are only allowed inside the rink 15 minutes before a game or practice. This is a major change from what players are used to, as normally teams would show up about an hour early to get ready. Despite these major changes, Ben and his teammates are extremely excited and grateful to be back on the ice playing the sport they love. We wish Ben and the rest of his teammates the best of luck with the rest of the season!

Next we take a look at the ever infamous JV girls soccer team, you may remember them from their 2019 Road to Regionals. More recently they have been able to get back on the field, discovering that these new regulations have not seemed to hinder their fan turnout. This is a result of luckily being an outdoor sport and as well the reality of being a female athlete. The season, although delayed, has come back strong with games against many different schools in the Metro zone. In speaking to the team the general consensus is that not much has changed due to Covid. Although, one major advantage was said to be “not having to shake hands with the other team” , a notoriously awkward and tense experience.

Despite all the changes put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is obvious that the Citadel athletic teams are as strong and enthusiastic as ever. We wish all the teams the best of luck with their current and upcoming seasons!