BC Faculty Sports activities has formally cancelled championships for winter sports activities due to COVID-19 public well being restrictions. Some coaches say they are not shocked.
Native highschool basketball coaches say they’re not shocked BC Faculty Sports activities has pulled the plug on district playoffs and provincial championships for winter sports activities due to ongoing COVID-19 public well being restrictions.
Paul Langford stated his prices on the Riverside Rapids senior women crew “knew when the season didn’t begin, they’d not have a season.”
Greg Schellenberg, head coach of the Heritage Woods Kodiaks senior boys crew, stated “the writing’s been on the wall for months.”
Whereas most applications have continued to apply, Langford stated the passion of the gamers has different with some seniors electing to take a seat out altogether.
“Now we have made up a number of new drills and video games and made one of the best of a crappy state of affairs,” Langford stated. “Some households usually are not comfy with the coaching, however we get some children out and make one of the best of it.”
BC Faculty Sports activities, that administers varsity sports activities throughout the province, introduced its choice Tuesday in a memo to high school directors and athletic administrators. It additionally impacts curling, wrestling, gymnastics in addition to snowboarding and snowboarding.
Whereas the group stated it’s holding out hope that some type of inter college competitors might nonetheless be held within the spring, Schellenberg stated he’s not holding his breath.
“Each time I’ve tried to foretell the course of this virus and the affect it will have on athletics, I’ve been unsuitable.”
Langford stated a web-based problem that encourages faculties to submit their high 5 opponents in weekly pre-determined abilities like three-point pictures and free throws for an opportunity to win a set of recent basketballs hasn’t sated the will of his athletes to check themselves in actual video games.
“Now we have completed a little bit of the net stuff, however I don’t foresee us doing the stuff they’re proposing,” he stated, including the ladies on his crew are tying to maintain their exercises enjoyable.
Schellenberg stated his group would at the very least like the chance to scrimmage amongst themselves in apply.
“If they may compete in opposition to different faculties, they’d be elated,” he stated. “However that doesn’t appear reasonable in the meanwhile.”
Schellenberg stated the misplaced season has been particularly troublesome on the crew’s graduating seniors.
“They might have been a power to be reckoned with this 12 months,” he stated of the Kodiaks’ potential to achieve the provincials on the Langley Occasions Centre. “We’ve talked in regards to the ‘what-ifs,’ and sadly we’ll by no means know.”
BC Faculty Sports activities stated it’s persevering with to work with provincial ministries of well being and schooling, in addition to the BC Centre for Illness Management, to search out a chance for some stage of inter college competitors in spring sports activities like women soccer, rugby, observe and discipline and supreme.
In the meantime, an eight-week trial season of Esports was so profitable, a second eight-week season will start Feb. 26 to provide faculties that missed out initially an opportunity to play.