SHEPHERDSTOWN W.Va., – When the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) announced that fall competition was cancelled, athletes were left with little to no answers about what was to come. Now almost two months into the school year, Shepherd athletes have started training again.
All student athletes were given a Rams face mask with their usual gear this year. Gillian Burger, freshman on the women’s soccer team, says the team is, “wearing masks and social distancing as much as possible.”
Along with Shepherd University’s precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19, athletes must also follow steps set in place by the athletic department.
With the numerous steps taken by the athletic teams such as wearing masks to practice, sanitizing equipment, and limiting group sizes, Burger says she is hopeful in seeing a spring season, “if all the precautions are kept up with.”
Frank Moret-Brunet, a sophomore on the football team says that the team now has, “a lot more precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while being able to practice.”
Hailey Bennett, a junior on the lacrosse team, says “yes I do think they’re (the precautions taken by students) working especially because our numbers are so low a month into school.”
According to the Shepherd University COVID-19 dashboard there are currently 0 active cases on campus and 28 accumulative cases.
Teams started practicing in small groups, and just recently moved to medium sized groups.