It’s finally time to play ball. Intercollegiate fall sports and some “low risk” club sports are back on campus for in-person practices. For many athletes, it’s a welcome return of normalcy — even if they can’t play against other teams.
Men’s and women’s soccer, tennis, volleyball and cross country all got the OK for in-person practices Sept. 14. All athletes were tested for COVID-19 before practicing. Zero cases were found.
Coaches and the athletic department faced an uncertain summer before the fall semester. Athletic directors met regularly over the break and even had a plan in place that accounted for travel, overnight stays and play between teams. It was scrapped after the cases in the U.S. kept rising.