Fall sport athletes hold onto hope of a potential season
Cedar Crest Cross Country team gathered for a photo after their race at Lehigh University in the Fall of 2019. (Left to Right) Christina Alberici, Gabrielle Sacks, Josie Schwieterman, Saige Sterner, Lillie Jones, Emily Kern, Megan Crouthamel, Carolina Beverage.
Photo Courtesy of Alexandar Duncan
COVID –19 halted the plans of a normal Fall sports season, but the Colonial State Athletic Conference recently announced the potential of a Fall sports season in the Spring.
On July 21, 2020 the CSAC announced the suspension of Fall sports for the 2020 season. When they made this announcement, they also alluded to the potential of Fall athletes competing in the Spring.
The CSAC Instagram posted the announcement stating, “A final decision on the possibility of future intercollegiate competition for Fall sports, including the possibility of conducting Fall intercollegiate competition in Spring 2021, as well as a plan for intercollegiate competition for Winter sports, will be made by the end of September.”
Fall sport athletes are feeling hopeful but are not getting too excited yet.
“Right now, I have not been focusing on the potential for Spring season because it is a little soon and I do not want to get my hopes up,” Emily Kern, a sophomore business major and cross country/ track member, said. “I have been doing some regular conditioning such as core and runs. And, when I am not running, I try and get some type of exercise in with the other members on the team. We also try to eat a lot healthier.”
There is also a lot of planning going on within the athletic department to make it possible for dual sport athletes to compete in both their sports in the Spring.
“The conference is actively working on ways to have Fall sports and Spring sports work together in the Spring to have some type of season,” Alexander Duncan, head coach of cross country and track and field, stated. “Specifically, for cross country and track Coach Lee and I are working on a way to included cross country potentially working in the track and field season. We are looking for ways to keep everyone happy.”
This time has been challenging for everyone in the athletic department.
“The challenge about this whole situation is the unknown,” Kelsee Schouppe, a sophomore nursing major and member of the volleyball team, said. “I am a planner and not knowing what to expect has been super hard.”
“The biggest challenge as a coach is keeping the team engaged,” Duncan said.
Socially distanced strength and conditioning sessions have recently started, and small group practices were set to begin on September 21, 2020.
There is no set-in stone plan for a season in the spring currently, but athletes are reminded to stay active and healthy in this time of uncertainty.