Coaches help winter athletes stay active

Aubrey Fox, Staff Writer

Winter sports practices were originally postponed from Nov. 24 to Dec. 6. This was only for practices and competitions would not start until Dec. 14. This original plan was pushed back even farther, with winter sports not practicing until Dec. 19  and competitions not starting until Jan. 4. 

These decisions have made coaches and athletes take advantage of this time in a different way. Girls basketball coach Joe Leonard has been assigning workouts for the girls to do. They have had a mixture of cardio, ball handling and shooting drills to do at home or a gym if they are available to one. 

“I hope that they stay in shape, work on their game as much as possible, and be ready for our return,” Leonard said.

Sports have also referred to technology, with some are teams hosting Google Meets or Zooms while others share videos from YouTube for their athletes to watch. Bowling coach Scott Krainess has sent out multiple videos and is in the works of planning virtual practices. 

“[It is] really just a chance to get together and check in with everyone, answer questions and share some ideas around the mental prep of the sport that can also be used during these crazy times,” Krainess said. 

Athletes have been required to take accountability and work on themselves at home. Wrestling coach Josh Potok’s expectations for his boys are “that they continue to work hard and keep their bodies in shape.” Sports are planned to pick up right where they left off in the season. 

“I hope all winter sport athletes are staying motivated during this tough time. I understand it may be frustrating but I hope everyone keeps a positive attitude and continues to pursue their goals,” wrestling coach Potok said.