By: Adam Tarr
When the AUHSD announced the closing of all schools in the district last March, sports paused with it. Now, over a year later, we are finally seeing sports not only start practicing again, but competing against other schools. With that, there comes a lot of questions about the rules and ways to participate. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that are unclear, but there are also a lot of things we know.
For most sports, the regular season has been cut down drastically. In addition, the CIF and NCS championships for most sports have been canceled this year. Some teams have also not started their seasons at the time of writing this article. Those are mostly indoor sports or COVID-risky sports such as Boys Varsity Basketball, which will start playing games soon.
Although sports are returning, it does not change the fact that we are in a pandemic. This means there are strict guidelines that the Las Lomas sports teams must adhere to. One of the common ways teams are handling the virus is the use of ComanyNurse, a daily symptoms screening, and strict mask rules. “As soon as [they] get out of a car in the parking lot, they’re supposed to be masked. And the mask requirement is in place the entire time they’re on campus…” Kurt Adkins, the Boys Varsity Soccer coach, said. Some teams have different ways of dealing with COVID. According to Mr. Attaran, a coach on the Track and Field team, the Track and Field team practices in pods in which each section of the team is divided.
Fan attendance is one of the unclear things about the return to sports at the moment. As of writing this article, most sports are only allowed to have close family members at games. This is subject to change and it’s possible that we see fans back in the near future.
Now that teams are back, they are also competing against other teams. Each of the Las Lomas boys soccer teams have been outstanding so far. The Boys JV Soccer team is sitting at 9-0 to start their season. The Boys Varsity Soccer team has continued their success from the previous season currently sitting at a record of 9-1-1. Kurt Atkins, the head coach of the team, said, “I personally think it’s the best team we’ve had, [at least in the last] nine years…” The Las Lomas Varsity Football team has struggled throughout their first four games, currently sitting at 1-4.