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Worries rise as winter school sports begin to return indoors

Posted at 6:49 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 09:15:04-05

BRAZOS COUNTY, TX — School is back in session! With that, means winter sports are in full swing—the athletic director from Bremond ISD shares, they will utilize what they learned from the spring season, to continue to adapt to the new world of sports surrounding the pandemic.

”Based on what was going on at your opponent's school and at your school with the virus, would dictate whether you got to play or not, or whether it was rescheduled, so it’s everybody calls it a fluid situation,” said Jeff Kasowski, the Athletic Director for Bremond ISD.

As they continue to maintain this fluid situation, some students who are experiencing their last season, are simply grateful to play at all.

”Oh, it would have been a bummer for sure, I know that as a senior especially in Bremond, a small town, we play every sport and you know they all mean everything to us,” said Seth Kasowski, a senior at Bremond High school.

Some seniors rely on this last opportunity to impress scouts for college scholarships—so maintaining their health through distancing players on the sidelines is a tactic being utilized.

”Yes, we space between them, and checkerboard them, to where the kids are not within 6 feet of each other, and you know, all those little things," Kasowski added.

The athletic director also shared, another big key component to ensure safety, is being critical to the number of people they allow into a venue.

”We sell tickets on our website, and then when they're done, based on the venue that we’re playing at, and we played Crawford, and played in Robinson, and there was some people who got turned away at that game because it was such a big game,” Kasowski said.

Kasowski acknowledges the difficulties that have come along with the pandemic, but is grateful his students had the opportunity to take advantage of all the possibilities that come along with sports, and athletics.

”There’s so many good things that come out of sports and athletics, I'm really glad that UIL decided to let us go through with this this year,” Kasowski shared.

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has supported these sporting events supplying schools with risk mitigation guidelines.