Beginning the week of September 8th over 100 student-athletes will return to campus for the first time since March to begin preseason, but as much of the rest of 2020, it will be an unusual start to the fall sports schedule. Athletic Director Al Brown and Assistant Athletic Director Whitney Jones have pivoted the program to provide students the opportunities to participate in their sports under the new COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.
Students will not be competing against other league teams; instead, they will be playing within the “Abbey Bubble” squaring off against classmates. The month of September will focus on fall sports. At the start of October, students will begin to play their winter sports and November will round out the year with spring sports, giving students the opportunity to make up for the lost spring 2020 season. On weekends there will be optional clinics dedicated to each season as well. This plan was formulated after the School decided to suspend club or interscholastic sports out of coronavirus concerns.
Coaches Brown and Jones feel the program they have created helps to showcase multisport athletes and allows students the chance to see how exercises and training can be used across a variety of sports.
All sports will have modifications in place to minimize contact and maintain proper distancing. Wrestling and football, for example, are the most highly modified with zero contact in football and solo drills in wrestling.
As with everything else this fall, this is new territory, and the athletic department and coaches are optimistic and flexible as the season opens up.
You can read more about the protocols and see the full schedule here