By Danny Cohen
Sports & Layout Editor
Due to state restrictions and the increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the country, Barrack decided not to participate in any winter sports competitions, only holding practices where students were required to maintain a six-foot distance and wear masks at all times. Unlike winter athletics, however, spring sports are held outside. This, along with other factors, such as the ability to social distance while playing, contributed to Barrack’s decision to take part in spring competitions.
With that being said, there are still a number of rules that the participating student-athletes must follow. One fundamental regulation is that students must wear their masks whenever they are within six feet of another student. However, there are different restrictions depending on the sport; for example, in baseball, masks must be worn by everyone in the dugout, but when out on the field, masks must only be worn by pitchers, catchers, and first basemen when there is a player on first base. For lacrosse, though, players must wear their masks at all times. In terms of tennis and track, their seasons should be played pretty normally--competing against other schools--just with masks and distancing. Other schools around the area are participating in spring sports with similar restrictions (masks and distancing), so the Cougars will be able to face off against the teams they usually play against.
While this may not be the most ideal spring sports season, Barrack is trying its hardest to make the best out of a not-so-good situation and allow students to play in the most normal way possible.