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Other youth sports hoping to avoid pause after more youth hockey COVID-19 cases | #sports | #elderly | #seniors

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Spring sports are looking at a five or six-week season, which means athletics in our area are in a race against time which isn’t the only challenge, the game plan now is to complete a season without forfeiting to the virus.

An uptick in cases stemming from hockey has other athletics on edge, but Greece Athena varsity boys soccer and golf coach Michael Butler says fear isn’t keeping them from playing the game.

“It could happen even in the best of circumstances but we don’t want to find ourselves in a situation where we might make mistakes that lead to a COVID outbreak,” Butler said. 

Butler says while they keep up masks and constant sanitizing it’s also about accountability for everyone that steps foot onto a field.

“I emphasized quite strongly with the kids is no outside events, we’re not going to parties, we’re not having sleepovers, we’re not hanging out, because the minute we get a positive COVID test it’s going to blow everything up and the kids were great about it and they took it seriously,” Butler added. 

During a weekly briefing Thursday, Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said in the last two weeks they’ve seen an additional 50 positive cases stemming from ice hockey.

“That is double the amount of times ice hockey has shown up in our exposure report for January and February combined and far more than any other sport,” Mendoza said.

Greece Little Leaguers Head Coach Krysten Kaanana said while the diamond sits on a very large field they’re going the extra mile keeping bleachers empty, spacing out spectators, upping their sanitation routines and more.

“Being a coach and a mom I can understand what our teachers and other essential workers are going through and I just want to do everything with the rest of the board and Greece Little League to make sure that we keep it away from our players and keep everyone safe,” Kaanana said.

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