By: Sam Lopez
OwlFeed Sports Editor
To keep our student-athletes safe and healthy, the Agua Fria Union School District decided to postpone winter season tryouts to Dec. 7 and all competitions to January. It may not seem ideal to have a season pushed back but all decisions made by the district are for safety in the community.
The AIA has set some guidelines for athletes and coaches to follow. Before every practice, a health screening is required to be taken by the coaches and athletes. It’s also encouraged that coaches and athletes stay home if they are feeling sick.
“It was no surprise that tryouts would be pushed. It’s still pretty disappointing though,” said senior soccer player Marlon Acosta. “I’m just happy that we get tryouts. It gets boring being home all day.”
As athletes arrive on campus for practices, they are required to wear a mask when they are not running.
“It sucks that we have to wear a mask for such a long time but if it keeps the season going I guess we can all deal with it,” said senior soccer player Isaiah Flores.
Guidelines are difficult to follow for every sport, especially when sports are in close contact, such as basketball and soccer.
It’s not only up to the athletes to follow the rules but also families. Practices are closed to families and fans in order to manage group sizes.
Since winter sports had to postpone tryouts, athletes hope not to see the same thing happen to spring sports.
We wish a healthy and successful season to all winter athletes as they take on their season! Be sure to follow guidelines and mask up Owls.
Photo Credit: David Espinoza