Football Season, Procedures Altered

Football Season, Procedures Altered
Posted on 10/06/2020
TackleCV Football Season Changes Due to COVID-19
Griffin Huufman; JD Hunter
Staff Writers

Friday night lights are once again shining at Chapman Field, and the CV football program was prepared to undergo several changes with the new coaching staff.

Due to the quarantine, players weren’t able to lift weights together from March 13-June 28, so they lost 15 weeks of training, and the Spring 7v7 league was canceled. The season didn’t officially start until August 17th, so there are fewer games on the schedule.

One of the biggest differences for players and fans is the reduced fan base. Cumberland Valley is only allowing 20%
of the stadium’s maximum capacity of 8,000. This will affect the game day atmosphere.

New Head Coach Josh Oswalt said, [The challenge is] “Planning and organizing the schedules and being cognizant of when we’re indoors and around people.”

In the weight room, players lift in 3 small groups so that they can remain socially distanced. All players, trainers and coaches are required to wear face masks inside the DSF building, locker rooms, buses, and when entering and exiting the football field. Rather than taking two buses to
away games, there are now four buses to allow each player their own seat. The players were also provided four practice jerseys rather than two, which allows them to wear a clean practice jersey every day. Each locker has cleaning supplies to spray down the helmets and pads after every practice. The weight room equipment is disinfected after each use.

According to Head Athletic Trainer Sheila Mueller, “The only changes that we’re making is that kids are wearing masks in the training room and all student athletes are bringing their own water bottle.”

When slings, wraps and braces are used by the players, they have to be washed and returned cleaned. The team no longer uses the team water dispenser because that would increase the risk of spreading germs. The team has been following the guidelines and staying safe. As of today, no one on the football team has tested positive for COVID-19.

The CV football team beat CD East Friday and heads to State College this week. Let’s Go Eagles!
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