It’s already week 3 of the high school football season in Alabama and Tennessee. In Georgia, Florida and more U.S. states, football returned last week, a sign that precautions to lessen the risk of spreading the coronavirus are working.
Pennsylvania is not there yet, but the final hours of the Labor Day weekend also signal a milestone in the PIAA fall sports season. Official practice for football, and actual competition for other fall sports, can finally begin.
“The toughest thing has been, I would say, the natural instincts of sports are to be together as a group. The thing you have to do now is sort of legislate against that,” Middletown boys soccer coach Brian Keyser said.
“It’s sometimes difficult to try and get these guys to remember what they need to be doing but also making sure they enjoy the game and the experience.”
As Keyser noted, making sure coaches put in place all of the school district’s health and safety guidelines was merely half the battle.