To Return or Not to Return: Remote vs. In-Person Practices

The 2020-2021 school year has been like no other. With the start of the year remote learning, kids are just starting to come back on campus. With the return of students on campus, it also means the return of sports. But it hasn’t been all fun and games, there are many precautions that the coaches are taking.

“During practice everyone has to wear masks, which was very uncomfortable but I’ve gotten used to it, and we have had to sanitize everything we touch in the gym,” sophomore Karley Sledge said. 

Sledge has returned to school along with many other students, but some have still made the decision to remain remote, and safe in their own homes, not risking exposure to the virus. This means that all of their exercising and practicing for the seasons to come has to be done at home, and sometimes it is hard to keep up on it. 

“Like a lot of people around the world, I have had a lot of free time during corona. It is really easy to get distracted by electronics, and I haven’t been the best at keeping up on practicing or setting a schedule for myself. It has been hard to bring enough will to get myself to practice but I have done some exercises and workouts at home,” freshman Truman Householder said. 

Householder is staying remote, so it is hard to practice, but he is also looking forward to returning to school after the first nine weeks. 

“I’m very excited to go back to school and see my friends that I haven’t seen since last school year, and I’m really looking forward to high school sports,” Householder said. “I think that there will be more competition, and I think that it will be fun to go and compete at many other high schools. I can’t wait to get back and meet new people.”

By Brooklyn Hagblom, Staff Writer

Featured photo by Jessica Stamp

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