On My Soapbox: What can we expect?

This column represents the thoughts and opinions of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.

School starts soon, and parents are still trying to figure out how to address virtual learning and going to work and staying sane with kids at home all the time.

In Thrall, students will either go to school virtually or in person. Superintendent Tommy Hooker and his team have worked diligently and seem to have a good system in place that could be a blueprint for other schools. Students who attend school in person will only go to campus certain days, which is based on their last name. Since students will not be on campus every day, this gives custodians an opportunity to make sure the campus is clean.

Other districts have chosen to go completely virtual for the first three to four weeks then possibly transition to in person and virtual. I think what Thrall is doing and what other districts are doing is the right call for the situation.

So, for learning, we kind of know what we’re in for. But what about sports?

I wrote a column a few weeks ago about a possible bubble for athletes, which I still think could be beneficial, but I know it’s not going to happen.

Football players might be required to wear a mask under their helmets. Is that safe?

Not safe to contain the spread of the virus, but safe as in . . . breathing.

Some (but definitely not all) players might have already been wearing some sort of face shield, so they can probably adjust.

Volleyball is the sport that is going to be interesting because players can’t be six feet apart, especially at the net. Masks might make it too hard to breathe. The only other option is to change the rules. That may take away from the game though.

I could go on about how playing sports will be different, but what are we in for when cheering for sports?

If sports are played, it’s likely going to be in near empty gyms and stadiums. No roar of the crowd to pump up the players. No parents telling the coach what a terrible job they’re doing – even if the team is undefeated, it still happens. You’re either thinking about that parent or you are that parent.

This year will be different. What are we in for? Complaining or adjusting? Nobody really knows what to expect.

I’m expecting people to be crowded around Facebook watching live streams of games. I know the Taylor Press plans to stream football games. I’d love to see virtual fans like professional sports.

I’m going to get off my soapbox and finish working on our upcoming 76574 magazine. It includes our sports preview this year.

“If we’ve learned anything from sports, it’s that no matter how far down we may be, we are never too far down to come back.”

- LeBron James

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