Simply this week, each the Marquette and Toledo basketball packages have paused actions after gamers examined optimistic for COVID-19.
BYU coach Mark Pope and his workers notice that this season, which suggestions off on the finish of November, might be something however regular. They’re “taking a ton of precautions” whereas making ready for the overall uncertainty, significantly with the schedule.
The Cougars already know how it feels to have a season abruptly cut short, when the NCAA Event was canceled final March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pope mentioned this system is “actually, actually hopeful” about having the ability to play a full season in 2020-21.
However actuality says that not all the things will go easily.
“Based mostly on the historical past of the final 4 or 5 months in each sport, minus the NBA, now we have each expectation there’s going to be hiccups and sideways issues alongside the way in which,” Pope mentioned. “It does look like all people is absolutely, actually dedicated to push ahead with no matter we are able to make of this season. That’s a extremely optimistic factor. We’re attempting to do it as safely as we presumably can. It’s wholesome for our guys. … I’ll be stunned if we get by means of this season with out some hiccups proper now.”
Like each different group across the nation, BYU is scrambling to piece collectively a schedule after the beginning of the season was pushed again to Nov. 25. The Cougars began official practices final week.
Faculty soccer has seen quite a few video games postponed or canceled as a consequence of coronavirus outbreaks this fall. An analogous state of affairs appears probably for school basketball.
If video games must be rescheduled or canceled, or if new opponents must be added to the schedule as substitute video games, the Cougars are making ready for all of these conditions.
“We’re only one domino away from having an entire schedule. That domino retains altering on us,” Pope mentioned. “Hopefully within the subsequent week or two we’ll announce a full schedule. We’re additionally in talks with a number of (nonconference) groups about contingencies even throughout league play, speaking about their bye weeks and our bye weeks. … The way in which we see that is, whoever has taken the time to organize the very best quantity of contingencies might be going to come back out efficiently. Hopefully we come out with a full schedule after which I count on all through the course of the season it’s going to be a dynamic schedule, as sophisticated as that sounds.”
Each program is attempting to determine tips on how to navigate the COVID-19 world, Pope mentioned.
“I don’t know that there’s a universally codified protocol. I feel everybody’s managing it based mostly on their very own circumstances and conditions. You’ve seen folks go all completely different instructions. We’re assembly actually each day to have COVID conversations with my coach and he’s on tri-weekly conferences with the whole well being workers at BYU.”
As for protocols, the Cougars are working to maintain everybody wholesome and secure.
“We’re getting examined a number of occasions per week. We began early on with randomized testing. Now, the entire crew is getting examined. That continues to extend as we transfer ahead,” Pope mentioned. “Together with testing, we’re nonetheless carrying masks within the workplace. We’re attempting to do our workers conferences (outdoors) and we’re nonetheless doing Zoom conferences as a workers. Our guys are carrying masks by means of warmups (earlier than observe). We’re washing our fingers a number of occasions throughout observe and attempting to take each precaution we presumably can.”
The way in which issues are going, plan on a bumpy trip this faculty basketball season.