As the highschool soccer season approaches, colleges in Triangle are discovering out COVID logs
PITTSBORO, NC (WNCN) – We are about two weeks from first official practice and about a month from the first week of high school football season.
“At this point it is completely different from last year. I wasn’t optimistic that we would have a football season with COVID and the numbers going up, ”said Cameron Vernon, Athletic Director at Northwood High School.
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Vernon’s doubts were replaced with optimism this year after weathering a full season dealing with the pandemic.
Like many schools in the Triangle, Northwood has introduced online ticketing for games, reduced attendance, forced social distancing, and other COVID protocols.
“We know the attenuation protocols and have followed the process with our student-athletes and parents,” Vernon said.
However, the COVID protocols apply not only to soccer, but also to other upcoming fall sports like volleyball.
At the moment, student-athletes at Northwood High are required to wear masks when indoors and when a group is less than two meters apart outside.
Vernon said they are still awaiting instructions from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
“I assume that we won’t have two meter tall fans. The masks? It may be different, but we may have put some procedures in place, ”he said.
He said one of the biggest changes is participation.
“We see that the number of participants is increasing again. I think a lot of kids were hesitant to come back, and even parents. We’re seeing a change in those numbers, ”Vernon said.
Vernon also said the school will continue to offer online ticketing. CBS 17 has also contacted Durham Public Schools and the district has notified us that they are also finding out COVID logs.