McDaniel athletics adjust to COVID-19 restrictions

(Molly Sherman / McDaniel Free Press)

McDaniel has allowed sports teams to begin practice. However, they are not your average practices. Regulations have been put into place in hopes of protecting the players and coaches from COVID-19.

I got a chance to sit down with the assistant men’s basketball coach Duane Echols and discuss what actions were taken place in order to keep players and coaches safe. In order to keep these practices going, masks must always be worn and they have divided the team into five sessions.

Echols goes on to say that in the beginning it was very stressful, but everybody adjusted, and it is starting to go smoothly. So far there is no schedule yet for when games will continue, but they are very optimistic and hope that there will be one soon. He also predicted that this season they will go 16-9, which is a major turnaround from last year’s 6-19 team.

There are also some updates being made in student activities. In Gill, the old gym is now open to students starting at 6:00 PM. If you are interested in getting out of your room and shooting some hoops at the gym, feel free to sign up for a slot on the IMLeagues app. There can only be three people in the gym and one person per basket. It is recommended that you sign up for your time slot as early as possible because it could be gone later that night.