By: Peyton Gelinger/Sports Director
The recent Covid-19 pandemic has impacted almost every part of the 2021-2022 school year, including all of the sports programs at Blue Ridge. However, You may be wondering just how much it has impacted fall sports this year. This is how fall sports have had to make adjustments this year for there sports program. Unfortunately some sports had to make more changes than others.
As of September 3rd for Governor Wolf’s phased reopening plan. 25 or fewer people will be allowed for indoor activities. As for outdoor activities there will be 250 or fewer allowed. Before practice and at every game the students will be “screened” which means their temperature will be taken and then they will be asked a series of questions about Corona symptoms. All equipment for all games and practices will be cleaned. They will be only allowing league games, which means that they will not be able to play any exhibition plans ( out of league games ).
During games students will not be able to shake hands with teammates or the opposing teams players. Athletes will also be required to wear a mask when they are not playing and on the sidelines.
Cross country meets will only be having duel meets this year, not clusters. This means that there will only be two teams, our home team, and the opposing team. Normally a regular meet would have around 6-7 schools meet and compete at once.
Volleyball is only allowed 25 people permitted at each game which includes players, refs, athletic directors, and coaches. Therefore, because the gym space is only allowed so many some athletes that are going to be on the bench may have to wait outside of the gym. Also, it’s not allowed to shake hands with teammates or the opposing team players.
As golf is already a distance sport they will keep remaining 6 feet apart. They will not be allowing players handshake at all. The flag pole will have to remain in, the players will not be permitted to take them out.
Susquehanna and Blue Ridge combined together for football at Susquehanna. All practices have been postponed until September 8th. With the season already being off to a late start, they will only be playing five league games this year. They will also be playing with very similar rules and Covid-19 regulations as they would be at Blue Ridge.