Season B athletics face changes, challenges

Picture taken off of the CHSAA website on December 13. CHSAA updated the dates on December 8.

Season B athletics are the next group of sports that will be in season. They were originally going to start on January 4 but because of the rise of COVID cases, CHSAA postponed the season to February 1. 

   “We received word from CHSAA December 7 that Season B will now start February 1, NOT January 4 as originally planned,” says Jill Schrader, the Athletic Director at HHS. 

   With COVID cases rising, indoor sports aren’t allowed to be held inside. 

   “There are too many counties in the state of Colorado that are in the red dial. This color does not allow for indoor team sports,” adds Schrader.

   Season B involves boys and girls basketball, boys and girls wrestling, girls swim and dive, ice hockey and competitive spirit. Most of these sports are inside.

   With the season being pushed back, this will mean a change of schedule for all of the Season B sports teams. 

   “The season being pushed back may cause us to only have league games, only 10 instead of 14,” says Jentry Byleveld, the head coach of the boys basketball team. 

   With the pandemic still hanging in the air, there will also be restrictions on the numbers of fans and whether masks have to be worn.

   “The pandemic will cause a limited number of fans or maybe no fans in the gym, masks being worn by everyone in the gym, including players, less teams making the state tournament, and fewer practices/tryouts to get ready for the season,” adds Byleveld.

   Teams will also miss out on special experiences that usually would happen during a normal season.

   “We didn’t have camp this summer as well as nationals due to Covid but we aren’t too worried about it because we have other team bonding events planned,” said Allie Roberts ’20, varsity cheerleader.

   All of the athletes who are involved with postponed seasons are keeping their hopes up and staying positive 

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