Hurry up and wait. If it sounds familiar it’s probably because it is. Local high school athletic winter sports teams are practicing but still waiting to see when games can be played.
The original date games could begin was Jan. 14, or 10 days after the first day of practice, which was Jan.4 for Tiverton and 11 other schools. Rogers, Middletown and Portsmouth teams officially began practicing Monday.
But at the governor’s weekly meeting on Jan. 8, an executive order was issued prohibiting competition between schools until at least Jan. 19. Now, “we’re just waiting for the 19th to see if the order sunsets or gets extended,” said Rogers High School athletic director Jim Cawley.
Whatever happens, this winter season, like the fall sports season before it, certainly will be different. Wearing masks and social distancing will be enforced. Here’s a look at what will happen if everything goes according to plan.
The local high school gymnasiums have very low capacity limits based on COVID-19 restrictions, which means spectators most likely will not be allowed. Portsmouth and Rogers administrators already have made the decision not to allow fans.
Middletown’s gymnasium capacity is 48 people and Tiverton’s gym capacity is 60. However, when players, coaches and team personnel from the home and away varsity and junior varsity teams are in the gym together,