The 2020 spring sports season has fallen to the uncertainty of the times. Just like all school operations, spring sports have been halted indefinitely until an official decision is made by the GHSA. Spring sports include baseball, boys and girls soccer, tennis, golf, and track. This is uncharted territory for these players and coaches, and leaves them all with more questions than answers.
Here is what we do know:
On March 12th Dr. Robin Hines, executive director of the GHSA, said: “We will definitely suspend for the next two weeks, as the governor recommended. By close of the business on Friday, March 27th, we will issue an update. We hate to have to make this call, but we must do what is in the best interest of our student-athletes and fans.”
Governor Kemp announced Monday that, “To keep our students, teachers, and administrators safe and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am ordering the closure of all public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools in Georgia from March 18, 2020, to March 31, 2020.” This will mean that the absolute earliest date that spring sports may resume will be April 1st. While we can be hopeful that this will be the start date, most coaches are preparing for further delays as the coronavirus continues to spread.
In keeping with the direction of GHSA and the governor’s office, Pickens High School will not be opening up their facilities for athletics in any form until it is given the go-ahead from these higher governing bodies. Players should not be on campus or around their teammates in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is the goal of the high school to put the safety of its student athletes and all of its student body, over the importance of their athletic accomplishments.
Here are some things we do not know:
Will games be rescheduled?
Will playoff dates be pushed back?
Will spring seasons be cancelled all together?
At this point, our nation is stuck in a holding pattern. We watch with concern as the outbreak works its way through our country and we pray that it has a limited impact on Pickens County and its residents. As for sports, they will move forward at some point, but for now our young athletes continue to work at home. The true measure of character is how you act when no one is watching, and Pickens High School athletes have always proven to have the highest character. They will be ready when the opportunity is given back to them.