Local athletes prepare for fall sports remotely

Posted at 7:15 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 20:15:52-04

Springs sports are canceled. Summer leagues are up in the air, but local teams are already preparing hard for fall sports hopeful that at least that season will start on time.

Training remotely definitely has its challenges. Lack of equipment, no teammate to pass you the ball, even a lack of space, but local athletes are making adjustments, both in the game and in life.

“Dropping off sidewalk at all their houses. I kinda do some sneak attacks in there and I give them latter footwork drills where they can draw a chalk latter where they can do footwork drills every single day,” said Sarah Stolley.

“We are doing those workouts that they post, and we are also taking the time out of our day to do our own little thing, whether that be meeting up, running routes, but like working out in somebodies garage,” said Traelen Williams.

Coaches' roles have also evolved. They are now focusing more on encouragement and positivity so the athletes have a source of hope during this time.

“In these uncertain times, it's good to have those positives. Now you don’t have direct hands on that athlete, but for you to show that you care and have that genuine interest in their well being as well as that individual’s home work assignments,” said Jared Shaw.

“We want them to look back and say, "Man I had great coaches growing up," and one of the ways you're a great coach is you're around them. Not being around them and not being around my coaches has been the two hardest things for me,” said Jeff Hulme.

While teams aren't talking face to face, Traelen believes his teammates now cherish the game and their bond like never before.

“I’m noticing like everybody is really hungry right now. They want to get after it because they miss it so much,” said Traelen.

“Its allowed you to put things in perspective. Just waking up everyday, and understanding you get another opportunity at another 24 hours,” said Jared Shaw.