With schools closing, restaurants shutting down, and shelves’ stocks diminishing, students at Addison Trail have seen another huge change in their daily lives – sports are cancelled.
With the loss of the final sports season of the year, many student athletes have felt a large number of emotions. “The season cancellation was a big upset to us,” said freshman Nikolas Loncar, who was in the middle of his freshman baseball season when the pandemic called off school. “We were really looking forward to this season.”
Students also feel not only a disappointment over the loss of opportunities to compete, but a lost opportunity to have fun as well. “The cancellation has kept me from having fun,” said Rabia Khan, a junior on the badminton team. “I’m no longer able to play badminton with all of my friends,” she said.
Despite the fact that the practice of social distancing has served as a colossal roadblock, preventing students from competing and enjoying athletics with friends, athletes have been determined to stay active and find new ways to practice at home.
“I have been working out everyday to make sure that I stay fit,” said Cristal Moreno Aguilar, a junior.
Khan expressed a similar motivation to stay active. “I continue to do all of our warmups at home and work out everyday,” she said.
Many students also depend on encouragement from coaches to keep going. Coaches have provided both advice and workouts for athletes to practice during the quarantine. “Our coaches have been giving us some workouts to do that will help us stay ready for the next season,” said Loncar. He also spoke about the mental component of readiness. “We’ve been able to watch some of the Korean baseball, which is keeping our minds in the game.”
Despite the impact the cancellation has had on all students, those hit the hardest are seniors, whose last season was cut short by the unexpected outbreak.
Parvathy Nair, a senior on the varsity badminton team, expressed the pain the loss of the season has caused her. “Having to cut the season barely half way through was not an experience I was hoping for my senior year. Being on the team was something I was very proud of and always loved being a part of,” she said.
Nair described the season’s cancellation as a huge loss for her and all of her teammates. “This would probably be the biggest regret we had our senior year,” she said. “The games, the team bonding, the coaches. We are all deeply upset about not getting to have senior night with our teammates and families.”
Despite the huge loss for seniors, who will not be able to return for another season, underclassmen at Addison Trail are optimistic about the seasons to come.
Moreno Aguilar felt that the team would be able to get going again.
“I think most people will probably not be as strong for a few weeks,” she said. “However, we’ll gain our strength as the season goes on and as we become more comfortable with our movements.”
Khan also expressed optimism. “ I think it’s going to be pretty hard to start again next year after being out of practice, but we can overcome that and get much better,” she said.
As students wait for life to return to normal, athletes agree that no matter what the circumstance is, they will be eager to get going.
“We will be ready for anything,” said Loncar. “We just want to play.”