Masks are now a popular topic for the Radnor girls soccer team, writes Matthew DeGeorge for the Daily Times.
Cloth ones don’t work great. Heavy fabric masks and non-adjustable straps won’t stay in place and collect sweat. Surgical masks are OK, as long as you can swap them out mid-game.
In the world of COVID, masks are now part of the game.
When fall athletics was reinstated by the school board Sept. 29, it included a condition that coaches, athletes and officials/event workers had to face coverings.
“It’s definitely an adjustment and we’re getting used to it,” senior captain Tori DiCarlo said. “We’re playing, our heads are in the game, we’re not too focused on the mask. We’re playing a game. … It’s a process that we’re getting through, and we’re just happy to be out here.”
The fall season was initially cancelled by the Central League, than reinstated.
In September, the Radnor players met twice a week for voluntary workouts to keep their skills sharp and their hopes up.
The situation now is described by the players as an abbreviated “semi-normal” month of games, the first on Oct. 17.
Read more about Radnor’s high school athletes adjusting to masks in the Daily Times.
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