BY NOAH SORIA
With the world going back to normal in some ways, and more and more rules and regulations being abolished, so is sports here at Cypress College.
This last season for most college athletes everywhere has been very unusual, and for most, is in the rearview window. This had affected athletes’ schedules, fundamentals, and their overall game. However, 2021-2022 looks to be a promising year for all Chargers athletics.
Wesley McCurtis, the school’s Athletic Director explained what’s next for Cypress College sports this school year.
“Headed into this year, when things started to improve with COVID over the summer, the 3C2A decided to let us have a full season this year. That means 100% of the games will be scheduled, there will be playoffs, and there will be state championships, which there weren’t any playoffs or state championships last year.”, said McCurtis.
McCurtis also touched base on the official guidelines that a student-athlete must follow in terms of the COVID vaccine. “Basically every student-athlete, when they reported to campus, vaccinated or not, had to take a COVID test before their first practice. At that point we had to start tracking vaccinations for all of our athletes, staff, and students. If you’re vaccinated, you are not required to test in order to compete. If you’re unvaccinated you have to take a COVID test once a week to practice, and if you’re playing a game you need to test 72 hours prior to the game.”
In a case of a positive test, or any exposure, unvaccinated players have to quarantine for 10 days. If a vaccinated player is exposed, they don’t need to quarantine, unless they have symptoms.
A new change from last year to this is that fans will be able to spectate games , both indoors & outdoors at full capacity, with a required mask, vaccinated or unvaccinated.
With full capacities in the stands, full scheduled seasons, and a state championship to play for, sports at Cypress College are beginning to go back to normal.
FILE PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN SANDOVAL