‘Setting’ a new normal

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Savannah Hoehn

JV Volleyball huddles together in a timeout during the Beckville game.

When the Lady Hawk volleyball team got the news that they would be starting school in person, their next question was about sports.

“I knew things were going to be iffy this season, so I honestly was just hopeful that we would get to play as much as possible,” junior Sarah Hale said.

The regulations are a little different for every sport but follow the same basic rules. For volleyball players specifically, the game can still be played as normal. While warming up and stretching, volleyball players have to wear a mask, but during the game they can take their mask off. As soon as they come off the court and sit on the socially-distanced seats, they have to put their mask back on. They also can’t switch which side of the court they’re on, which they usually do after every set.

“I felt like the regulations didn’t alter the game as much because the only thing we can’t do is tell the other team good luck while shaking their hands, but we do get to wave to them and wish them good luck,” junior Ann Lindsay said. “We do have to wear a mask on the bench which can be difficult since we’re hot and need to catch our breath when we’re coming out of the games.”

For practices, the girls follow pretty much the same rules. They wear their masks during warmups and in the weight room, but they get to take their masks off to practice. However, when the athletes and coaches are sitting down and talking, they have to be socially distant with their masks on.

“Going into the season, I expected things to feel different because we have so many regulations put in place that we have to follow so that we can play,” sophomore MacKenzie Williams said. “I knew it was going to be weird, but if we wanted to play that’s how it was going to have to be.”

Although the regulations and restrictions can be difficult to remember and follow at times, many athletes decided that they still wanted to play.

“I chose to play because I love volleyball and I wanted to take the risk,” Sarah said. “There are regulations to keep us safe, so I didn’t see why I shouldn’t play.”