The Curveball of Covid-19

By: Amanda DeMouey

Before the global pandemic, sporting events were fun community get-togethers, allowing us to enjoy time with friends and family. Once Covid-19 turned the world upside down, these activities developed temporary setbacks and our lives were forever changed.

In the spring of 2020, many sports leagues were canceled, and those that remained experienced unique seasons. This carried through to the fall, impacting sports such as softball, football, and volleyball. According to Katie, a Lassiter athlete, during the season, “Practices required masks, social distancing, and routine temperature checks.” Moreover, games often limited spectators to low capacities, and, according to Katie, “We were all definitely missing the typical Lassiter enthusiasm.” With these unforeseen restrictions, high-school sporting events instantly sunk to a quieter, lower-intensity atmosphere. What is a game without fans cheering on their favorite team? Although activities were nowhere near as exciting and entertaining, high school teams persevered.

Fortunately, this fall, high-school sports have nearly returned to what we are accustomed to. Practices are no longer surrounded by as many cautionary measures. Though social distancing and face masks are often recommended, these restrictions no longer engulf our everyday interactions. Now, more than ever, fans are encouraged to attend games and support high schoolers; this motivation was greatly missed last year.

How will Covid-19 impact the future of high school sports? Will we ever revert to our old normal? More than anything, athletes and the community are increasingly grateful for the opportunity to participate in activities and social gatherings. Though society naturally has stricter health precautions, this past year has proven that it is possible to return to normal, with little change in our daily customs.