Clinton, NY - For lower-risk fall sports coaches and players, the thought that their season could be over in an instant is looming in the back of their minds every day.
For parents, allowing their children to return to the field comes with concern and hope that they will finish out the season healthy.
About two weeks into competition, for Clinton High School athletics...so far so good.
The Clinton Warriors low risk fall sports season began on October 3 with boys and girls cross country. Field hockey, girls tennis, boys and girls soccer kicked off days later.
The Warriors, who have not experienced a coronavirus threat or outbreak, are among a reduced number of schools who chose to play this fall.
“We are very fortunate that Clinton has decided to go ahead with sports,” said Miquel Grimm, Clinton girls field hockey head coach.
“It was a lot of uncertainty at first, but once you go through the protocols, you look at the guidelines and as long as everyone's being safe and you're doing what you're supposed to be doing, as long as we can have our season you know we're lucky to participate in that. Overall, I'm OK with the guidelines. We weren't sure what it was going to look like, but now that we're here and we're in it, we're feeling comfortable with it.”
Masks are optional for fall sports student-athletes to wear while playing but they must be worn on the sidelines.
Parents, like Stacy Butcher, who attended the Clinton vs. Westmoreland-Oriskany boys soccer game on Thursday night with her daughter Sarah Butcher, had her concerns early on but is happy with what she has been seeing thus far.
“I guess, when they were saying that they have to wear masks while they're running I was concerned how is that going to work for the boys, but they've been managing it OK and they take mask breaks so it's working out all right,” said Butcher.
“But I was more excited to have them together not too many apprehensions because it was an outdoor sport. They are pretty good about not gathering in groups ahead of the games so everybody's really been doing what they need to do to stay healthy with the virus.”
As of Thursday, October 15, Clinton boys and girls cross country, girls field hockey, girls tennis, and girls soccer have opened up the season undefeated.