Bridgewater College Cancels Sports Activities

Sports Delayed at Least Two Weeks Due to Rise in Covid-19 Cases Amongst Student Athletes

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Photo by Leyton Pullin

Nininger Hall sits empty as activities are delayed another two weeks.

Leyton Pullin, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va.- On Sunday Sept. 6, 2020 Bridgewater College student-athletes were notified that their fall conditioning and practices were postponed for two weeks, due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in the athletic department.

The news came not even a week after student-athletes began their conditioning program led by the Bridgewater Strength and Conditioning staff.

“It’s a sign of the times. It’s definitely frustrating for athletes and coaches but we just have to grin and bare it. We just have to make the best out of our current situation,” said head men’s and women’s golf coach John Rodgers.

The decision means that courts and fields would sit dormant for two additional weeks, which adds to the six months they have already laid dormant since the cancellation of spring sports in March of 2020.

All student-athletes were put through the same conditioning program during their first week and were planning to do the same through the second week prior to the cancellation. Each athlete had been assigned to work out three days a week.

“It sucks, right now that’s a lot of things athletes are looking forward to even without having a [fall] season. I want to be on court with my teammates and doing the thing I love. But I’ve always said to just control the things that I can control,” said junior men’s tennis player Canon Secord.

Conditioning is set to resume on Sep. 21, 2020; however, student-athletes were notified on Friday, Sep. 11, that private workout times are available to those that sign up through the Visibook app.