Teams play catch-up as fall athletes return to practice
DELMAR, Del. – As the athletes get back to practice in this Covid-19 world this high school fall sports season promises to be unlike any we have ever seen. 47 ABC went to get a glimpse at what practices look like at Delmar High School Tuesday.
Field hockey head coach Jodi Hollamon and her club enter this fall in search of a fifth-straight title. During their practice players were told to bring their own water, took breaks every 15 minutes while keeping a six-foot distance, and wore masks throughout the practice.
Those same rules apply over on the football practice field.
It will be interesting to see what teams are adversely affected by the lack of summer two-a-days, and which teams can rise above.
With that lost time teams are forced to cram in as much as they can before competition begins in three weeks.
“We’ve jumped into it a lot faster. Last year we would probably have taken one week for a whole thing, and now we’re just taking days and doing it fast,” said Delmar senior quarterback Parker Lucas.
Other teams around the state may face some obstacles with the new rules on huddles, but not for the Wildcats who have been working with a no-huddle for years.
The bigger dilemma for Delmar this season will be the leadership vacuum left after over a dozen seniors graduated from last year’s club that won the Henlopen title.
“We’ve done it in the past, so we won’t really have to practice it as much. We’ll still practice it, but most of us know the no-huddle already, and the coaches make it really easy for us to understand the plays that are called,” said senior center Garrett Wright. “Us out there on the field, we have that chemistry where if someone needs help we’re going to put them in the right place at the right time.”