School restarted its athletic program this week as the summer conditioning
and open gyms opened up.
But, it certainly
wasn’t the same.
No question about it,” CHS Athletic Trainer Bernie Stento said. “But, our
coaches have done a great job of just adapting and going with the new
Stento and the rest
of the Athletic Training staff that includes Kim Stento and Marnee Flinn-Smith,
have tested every player and coach that comes to a team practice.
screen everybody. Screening every kid and coach before every practice. All
coaches are required to wear masks,” Stento said. “It went pretty well. We
had some minor bumps, but each day got smoother and smoother. Our kids and
coaches have done a great job.”
New CHS Athletic
Director Jeff Hamstra jumped right into he fire during his first week on the
job with the “new normal” this year is presenting.
“Things have been
seamless getting kids checked and out to practice. It’s gone as well as can
be expected,” Hamstra said. “Having the kids and coaches back on campus is
the reason we do the job.”
“The kids are
working hard and just about everybody has been there. It’s good to see our
coaches working with kids again.”
The only struggle
off the field has been technology.
really been the biggest hurdle,” Stento said. “The technology is really
good, but with technology there is always a potential problem. All of our
screening is through a database we use for injuries. We had to teach the
kids how to use it and then some internet outage.
“I almost felt like
an IT guy this week.”
For football coach
Mark Peterson, being back on the field is great, even if it’s different as
he deals with a team of about 130 players daily.
“It’s awesome to be
back with the kids,” Peterson said. “It’s just different. Things have
probably changed forever. When we get out there and get ready for drills, we
have to break old habits. We’ve worked hard on teaching the kids to line up
and social distance, but as far as teaching football, that hasn’t changed.”
“Most sports have
been outside these first two weeks to make it easier to social distance,”
Stento said. “Everything is a learning experience, but the kids are getting
better and more used to it. We’re learning everything from team stuff to
basic things like lining up in lines with spacing.”
Hamstra was quick
to point out that nothing would be possible without the Athletic Training
staff, Asst. AD Tommy Berry and the coaches.
“Bernie, Kim and
Marnee, along with Tommy Berry have been unbelievable with the preparation
for this week,” Hamstra said. “All the paperwork and other things that went
into getting our kids back on the fields was incredible.”
For Peterson and
the Trojans who open the regular season on Aug. 21 at home against Hobart,
it’s just day by day for now.
“We’re just taking
things at face value. Work really hard and maintain a certain decorum for
the new process,” Peterson said. “We want to play football and move on day
by day. It’s really revolutionary. We’re trying to do things that keep young
people enthused and excited, but keep the kids safe as well. They have to
understand it goes beyond just when they are here.”