Affected sports activities embrace badminton, basketball, curling, indoor soccer, and volleyball; ‘We aren’t out of the woods but with (COVID) and we must be cautious,’ says Reid Saxby
The Ontario Faculties Athletic Affiliation (OCAA) introduced at this time that the 2020-21 winter varsity season has been cancelled.
The choice was made in response to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the sporting restrictions in place throughout the province.
Sports activities affected by the cancellation of the winter schedule embrace badminton, basketball, curling, indoor soccer, and volleyball.
Georgian School males’s volleyball head coach Reid Saxby and his crew completed with a bronze medal on the 2019-20 OCAA championships in February and had been trying to proceed their profitable methods.
“It was the primary medal in Georgian volleyball, ever,” Saxby instructed BarrieToday this afternoon. “We actually needed to construct on that this 12 months and I really feel we positively may have as we’ve completed within the high 4 in three of the final 4 years.”
OCAA president Nathan McFadden mentioned in a press release that there are “far too many obstacles” for the OCAA to function whereas offering a secure and high quality varsity expertise for its student-athletes.
Saxby agreed. He mentioned everybody noticed it coming and there is a safety-first mentality all through the crew.
“I’ve spoken to some gamers because the announcement got here down and nobody was shocked,” he mentioned. “Everybody was understanding, as am I. We aren’t out of the woods but with this and we must be cautious.”
The volleyball crew would have been almost by tryouts by now and preparing for the season to start out on the finish of October. The season’s first half is till December and the second half begins up once more in January till provincial championships on the finish of February or starting of March.
“I actually really feel for the gamers essentially the most,” Saxby mentioned. “They put a lot effort into preparing. I’ve been concerned with varsity sports activities for 20 years and it truly is a spotlight for any student-athlete. I wouldn’t doubt that we lose some gamers to this.”
Though there won’t be sanctioned varsity competitors this winter, some OCAA member colleges should enable unofficial sports activities alternatives of their services throughout the parameters set forth by governing sports activities organizations and native well being officers.
These selections will probably be made on the institutional stage, although the Georgian athletics web site has said they’re closed till additional discover.
“The OCAA will return stronger from this on account of our present strategic initiatives which are already underway,” McFadden mentioned. “The long run viability of our sports activities are going to be extra essential than ever earlier than to enhancing the post-secondary instructional expertise and we look ahead to uniting our student-athletes, campuses and communities collectively in sport.”
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