For athletes and students everywhere, it has been a hard time to be out of school due to the virus. All of the practices, games, and bonding time that was taken away from all the teams will never be gained back. Especially for the class of 2020 seniors who will not being going back next year. This was a chance for the athletes to shine one last time together before they all go their separate ways off to college. As a senior myself, it's hard to believe we may never walk through the halls of our school again.
But during this time of stress, adults and kids have stepped up to show their bonds have never been stronger than during this time of isolation.
The Coronavirus has impacted people across the city of Houston and in local communities for many weeks now. Local schools are closed at least until May 4th with many people believing that the school year will be cancelled for many Houstonians. For athletes, their seasons are on hold until further notice.
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has suspended all activities across the state of Texas until further notice. This order also states that sports teams cannot hold practices and workouts together.
Spring sports affected by this notice include baseball, golf, powerlifting, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and water polo. For baseball and softball teams, their seasons had only lasted about one month when it was suspended. Meanwhile, soccer teams were approaching the end of their regular season. The track and field and golf teams were preparing for Regional and State competitions in May.
Athletes across the city of Houston are disappointed about their season potentially being cut short, especially seniors. Even though seasons are suspended for now, it does not mean that they are cancelled for good. Many coaches have designed workouts for athletes to complete at home in order to stay in shape and ready for if their seasons are continued.
For now, athletes must be optimistic and remember it is better to be safe than to endanger others.