by Chris Hartley, director of athletics
I am delighted to report that the start of practices has been a huge success. Kids and coaches are so excited to be working together, and everyone is paying attention to the safety protocols. I am grateful to everyone in the Athletics Department for the work they have done behind the scenes to safely and effectively launch this first athletics season.
Competitions begin next week! Our junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams will officially kick off the return of Lakeside Athletics as they take on Bishop Blanchet on Wednesday, March 3. Girls soccer will follow on Thursday, March 4, and football and girls and boys golf will compete for the first time on Friday, March 5.
The Metro League has announced that no fans will be admitted to any contest. While I know many of you are ardent Lion fans, I ask that you do not show up to any of our competitions.
I know this is a hard thing to stomach: not being able to watch your athletes compete in person. But it is important that we remember the environment in which our athletes are competing, and the fragility of this entire operation. Safety measures around social distancing and crowd-management must be followed in order to allow our student-athletes to compete. Lakeside, as well as the Metro League, are even going so far as to limit the number of team-representatives allowed at competitions. We’re also asking that on-campus faculty and staff and even other on-campus students and student-athletes do not stop and gather to watch games being played on campus.
Failures, at any level, to comply with those restrictions will almost certainly result in athletics being shut down here at Lakeside, in our league, or even in our state. A safe and healthy environment for our student-athletes, whether or not there are competitions, remains this department’s top priority.
While we know it can never replace the thrill of being in the stands to watch our athletes compete, we are happy announce that there is a happy compromise. We will be livestreaming many of our competitions for remote-viewing.
Livestreams will be completely free to anyone who wishes to watch. A schedule of competitions with links to the livestreams is currently being built, and will be shared by program heads and head coaches directly to families, and via each team’s Twitter feed as competitions begin next week.
Most varsity competitions will also be live-tweeted as they normally would, with regular updates over the course of the game. You can find a list of Twitter handles for each varsity team at www.lakesideschool.org/athletics/teams.
Follow Lakeside Athletics on Twitter at @LakesideLions.