Concordia student athletes have begun to prepare for their upcoming seasons during this spring semester.
Due to COVID-19, athletes have to adapt to new guidelines to keep each other safe. Women’s head coach Ryan Middendorf said one of the guidelines is enforcing social distancing.
“We are erring on the side of abundant caution in what we do as a team,” Middendorf said.
Another new guideline for athletes is mandatory COVID-19 testing. According to Middendorf, every player must test negative within 72 hours of each match.
“Our athletic training staff and health staff individuals on campus have been nothing short of awesome coordinating everything,” he said.
Another COVID-19 guideline is wearing face masks.
Middendorf said the women’s soccer team is cautious when it comes to wearing masks. Although the team can be maskless on the field, they are ready to have a mask the second they are in a large group.
According to men’s goalkeeper Mattson Wick, the men’s soccer team also gets temperature checks before each practice.
Despite the changes to their seasons, the teams are prepared and ready to being the 2021 Spring season. The women’s team plans to have their first match against Marian, March 21. The men’s first match is at Rockford, March 10.
Written By Hannah Conger