When Will Sports Return?

When the corona virus hit the world of sports came to an abrupt end. Obviously no one expected this to hit and impact the world as it did. One of the biggest questions is when will the sports world return. There are people on both sides of this question. There are those who think sports should not come back until there is a solid solution to the virus. Then there are those who think they should start to play in some capacity, that being in front of no crowd or with a limited crowd to start.

This has impacted the lively hood of many people and not just the athletes. All the workers such as vendors, ticket sales, merchandising ground crews and many more. So obviously they would like sports to come back sooner than later. Even gambling sites and the casinos are hurting since sports not being played.

What sports are playing now?

Nascar

We have had some sports make a comeback in some capacity.

The UFC has been back at it for a few months now. They started back up on May 9th.

NASCAR returned on May 17th and they have been running races without any crowd attendance.

The Korean Baseball League returned on May 6th and has been televised here in the US.

Horse racing has started up and we recently saw the Belmont Stakes take place on June 20th. They also have the Kentucky Derby scheduled for September 5th and the Preakness Stakes scheduled for October 3rd.

Wrestling has not stopped during all of this. The WWE still shows their Raw, Smackdown, and NXT shows live on TV every week. AEW (All Elite Wrestling) is also still performing their weekly show as well. Although they do not have any fans in the seats yet they are still performing business as usual. It does lose some of its appeal with the empty seats, but for now we will take what we can get.

What Sports Will be Starting Soon?

NBA Knicks

There are many sports where if all goes well will be starting very soon. Some of these sports are:

The Indianapolis 500 was originally scheduled for May 24th, but has a rescheduled date of August 23rd. They will have on-track action with practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12-13. Fast Friday will be on Aug. 14 and then the Indianapolis 500 Qualifications will be on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 15-16. The rest of their races are scheduled through September.

The NBA have agreed on a 22 team playoff format. The scheduled dates are: Training camp: June 30, July 7 travel to Orlando, 2019-20 season: begins July 31 the regular season will be a 16 days with 5 to 6 games per day. The NBA Finals format expected to include games every other day during best-of-seven series.

Some precautions they are looking to take include:

– The players need to be tested every night

– The League is stressing to players that they must remain in Orlando in the bubble.

– They aren’t going to track players, they are going to trust the players to stay within the confines of the Disney World campus. Their goal is to keep everyone in a safe atmosphere.

The MLS owners and players agreed to return in July for a 26-team tournament, but will not have any fans in attendance. Teams that can train in their own market at this point will likely be allowed to conduct full-team training in their home market before traveling to Orlando in early July. Those teams that are located in cities where that is not possible to conduct full-team training will travel to Orlando earlier to train before the games.

The NHL announced a 24 team playoff format to finish up their season that will start no early than July. The 24-team playoff would feature the top 12 teams in each conference, with the remaining teams entering the draft lottery. The league is viewing the play-in qualifying games as a “special set of games” and not the actual playoffs. The also will be tracking the players heath before games.

Tennis canceled Wimbledon but has rescheduled the French Open to September 20-October 4. The US Open is scheduled to open on time August 31st.

Sports That Have no Return Date or Will Not be Returning Soon.

There are also several sports that have not set a return time yet.

College Football does not have any set date to return, but they have also not put a delay on the start of the fall season. In mid-April, conference commissioners told Vice President Mike Pence there would be no college football until campuses are allowed to open back up. There have been some rumors circulating that there will be no D1 sports until 2021. They will asses the situation as it gets closer to the season.


NFL has been very optimistic that they will have their training camps go off without a problem this summer which starts in a bout a month and a half. The NFL is at an advantage given the fact that they are the latest sport to start giving them the most time to make the proper preparations. The bigger situation is that they are trying to figure out the financial cut that both sides could be hit with.

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics have been postponed until July 23 – August 8th 2021. They were originally scheduled to start July 24th 2020. They will still be held in Tokyo.

Breaking News – MLB

MLB

MLB has been affected the most by this pandemic. It disrupted the start of the season and every day that passes it is looking like they will not play this year until today! Players are set report for another version of “spring” training on July 1, and the league’s imposed 60-game season will start either July 23 or 24, the league announced. The exact schedule still needs to be made, but every team will play 40 games against divisional foes. Teams need to submit a 60-player rosters for big-league spring training, the list is due to the league office by Sunday at 3 p.m. ET,

MLB will have at least two rule changes this season. One rule is a universal DH meaning pitchers will no longer hit in the National league. Rule two is that a base runner will be placed on second at the start of every half-inning in extras. MLB will have a trade deadline this year after all. Instead of falling on July 31, it’ll will be on August 31st.

MLB will have a COVID-19-specific inactive list that players will be placed on if and when they test positive or show symptoms. There will be no set amount of time for the player to sit out, unlike the injured list, which requires hitters to miss at least 10 days.

In The End

Sports will make a comeback and we are seeing many sports playing and planning as we speak. They are trying to find ways that are going to keep their players, employees, and eventually fans safe and healthy. For now, I would like to just turn on the TV and watch my favorite sports play.

Youth Soccer

Soccer stadium

As most of you already know Football or soccer as it is known here in America is the most popular sport in the world. It is estimated to have around over half the world’s population is a fan. Soccer has been researched and it has been believed to be created over 2,000 years ago in ancient China and there is also evidence that a form of it was played in Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Soccer is now played in over 200 countries

My personal experience playing soccer

Growing up I was never a fan of soccer. I always saw it as a sport that was mainly running around and kicking a ball into a giant net. My friends and I would play it out on the school grounds during recess. There was no real structure to it, it was usually just 40 kids running around chasing whoever had the ball until someone scored. It was fun for us there was not a lot of skill to it.

I did try playing soccer for one fall season and I did not like it. I had played baseball the previous two years and I loved to run around so I figured I would try something different. I was 7 years old it must have been one of the worst fall seasons. Every day that I had a game it seemed to be below 40 and rainy that combination did not make it an enjoyable experience. So, I stuck to baseball in the spring and summer and basketball in the fall especially since it was indoors.

How did I start to like soccer?

I got into soccer over the past few years. This was mainly because my oldest son started playing. He started playing soccer like most kids I imagine. This is by joining the town league. He initially wanted to play because his friends were playing. From the first day on he has not stopped. As he got older he was starting to try out for more challenging teams playing in morecompetitive leagues. Youth Soccer

 

When he started playing in these higher levels this is where I really started enjoying soccer and started to get more and more involved in the sport. When I saw the amount of work and training that was involved at a higher level I really started to gain a better appreciation for the sport. I really started to see the importance of having the right coach or trainer. The time and practice that the players need to put into the sport is huge. I started to see that it is more than just running fast and kicking the ball. There is a lot of skill that needs to be out on that field in order to be successful.

I always saw soccer as a player oriented sport, meaning that there was not much coaching going on. It is not a sport like baseball, American football, or even basketball where the players are looking to the coaches for guidance and set plays. Soccer is more of a sport where the players are out on the field and it is up to them to take control of the game as it goes on.

Soccer and Covid-19

Due to this pandemic that has recently occurred unfortunately all sports came to an abrupt end. Many kids did not get to finish their school sport seasons and “careers”. My son was extremely disappointed that he and his teammates were not able to play their spring season.

Soccer Field

Youth soccer is trying to make a comeback this summer, but with some guidelines to be put in place. Some of these protocols for general hygiene and safety protocols from the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth soccer website are:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Have hand sanitizer available for all at times
  • No sharing of water, snacks or equipment
  • No shaking hands, high fives, fist bump, etc…
  • Social distancing = six (6) feet apart
  • No player or coach can attend if they are feeling sick
  • Sick players or coaches must quarantine as required by CDC/PA Dept. of Health. Can only return with a Doctor’s approval. Must show notice to the club.
  • Disinfect all training equipment- cones, goals, flags etc. Only coaches can touch or move equipment.
  • Coaches to wear a face mask as per CDC/PA Dept. of Health at all times.
  • Players to wear face mask when not involved in soccer activities or on the bench. Player may wear mask during activity at parents or players discretion.
  • Scrimmage vests washed after every session. Should consider it personal equipment, and provide each player with their own.
  • Each ball sanitized before/after every practice or game.
  • Only one coach may attend to an injured player. Must wear mask and gloves.
  • Minimize contact with other teams before, during and after each session

Phases For Returning to Play

Yellow and Green Phase

They also have a yellow phase and a green phase for coaches and parents. During the yellow phase they are allowed to have virtual training only. They are not allowed to have any organized play of any kind.

During the Green phase coaches must inquire how their players are feeling. If they are ill or appear to be ill, they must send them home. They must have a medical kit or bag with gloves, extra masks, sanitizer, and facial tissues. Social distancing must be adhered to at all times. Each player and their equipment at least six (6) feet from the next player. Coaches wear masks at all times and players may wear masks during training at their discretion They must be worn when not engaged in soccer activity. Only coaches may touch or move equipment not players or parents. Bodily contact in training must be avoided. Coaches must sanitize all equipment after training, and scrimmage vests are not recommended. They must minimize interaction with other teams that train before or after you. Players should go directly to their cars.  

Soccer Equipment

The Green phase for parents consists of the following. Before sending him or her to training parents must make sure their children show no signs of COVID-19 for the past 14 days and no known exposure. Sick players and coaches must stay at home and follow appropriate health guidelines. It is up to the parents to determine if they want their child to wear a face mask during training. Parents must make sure to sanitize and wash all equipment and uniforms after training. They must also pack hand sanitizer and a face mask in his or her bag. Parents and other spectators are not essential to training and not recommended attending. For younger players this may be necessary, if so they must comply with social distancing and mask directives. Parents should speak with their children to never share water, snacks or equipment. Parents must notify club and coach should your child becomes ill. During games if a ball goes off touchline or end line allow players or coach to retrieve the ball. Ultimately it is up to the parent on the decision to allow their children to participate.

Final Thoughts

Soccer (Football) has been around for thousands of years and is stronger than ever. If you have never watched it or never really gave it a chance I suggest that you do. You will find that it is a great team sport and can unite people especially during the world cup or Olympics. I only hope that children are able to get back on the fields as soon as possible and be able to play the sport which they love.

Soccer fans