CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — This summer the NJCAA moved fall sports to the spring due to COVID-19, and it’s been quite the adujustment for the Parkland Cobras. The league is still allowing limited practices in the fall, but the Cobras were expting to compete in August. The season was postponed just a few weeks before the season.
“The problem was they had the vision that the fall was happening, and there were no signs that it wasn’t, and so they were planning, and excited, and then, ‘oops’ it was shifted,” says head coach Cliff Hastings. “So that’s tough for teenage girls to process, and there is no right answer during these times.”
Hastings says one of the biggest concerns is managing his sophomore class, since many of them weren’t planning to stay an extra semester. Hastings is also the club director for Primetime, a local volleyball club for high school athletes that also practices in the spring. Right now, the Cobras are scheduled to begin their competitive spring season on January 4th.