Spring Sports Require Weekly COVID-19 Testing
After their 2020 season got entirely called off, spring sports are fighting to get their 2021 season. This time, they are told they will have a season, but the question is, how much of it? With the new COVID-19 testing requirements, spring sports are bound to be thrown a lot of curveballs. For instance, if a player of a team tests positive, is everyone out? For how long? Are the games they missed rescheduled? Will the season run into the summer? We just don’t know. The answer is adaptation. Like most of this year, one must go with the flow.
How it works: every member in a sport must report to the school’s gymnasium between certain hours. They will walk in and stand in a line 6-feet away from others while they wait for their turn. When it is their turn a coach, teacher, or staff member will hand them a swab for their nose. Five swipes in both nostrils and you’re off. The authorities then place the swab in a rapid test packet to find out your results. Then, there will be bad news or no news. What I mean by that is if you get a call or text from the school or authorities, you have COVID-19. But, if you don’t hear from them, you’re all clear.
Personally, this is a very hard thing for me to adapt to. The testing itself is not the thing I have a problem with. The thing that troubles me the most is what could happen. Lacrosse has always been a huge part of my life, and now, it’s my last year playing. I’m terrified that it could be taken away from me. From my knowledge, if there is a positive test result, the entire team has to quarantine for two weeks. Two weeks of quarantine means six games cancelled and ten school days missed. Ten out of the 15 school days that seniors have left. Not only are they the last days of my high school career, they are some of the most important. With testing, my chances of sitting at home and watching a live stream of my classmates tossing their caps are much higher than they used to be.