When the MASCAC league announced two weeks ago that spring sports would officially be returning for the season, athletes and coaches across BSU were ready.
After a growing sense that the season would be played, our spring athletes at BSU started training months in advance despite no guarantee of any playing time.
“They were really excited!” exclaimed Erica Adams after telling her women’s lacrosse team that they would have a condensed season. The women’s lax team is playing a tight 11 game schedule that has all the players excited for any outside competition after having it all taken away last year.
BSU athletic director, Marybeth Lamb, was meeting regularly with other schools AD’s and working with the conference to try and make a safe spring season take place in this wild time. “This is what we’ve been working for all year,” Lamb went on to say after the announcement of a return was made.
The baseball team coached by Greg Zackrison, has not hosted a contest at BSU since May 4, 2019. The team is beyond excited to have a sense of normalcy on the horizon after practicing six days per week since February. “We’ve been practicing as if we were going to play, so the truth is we are ready to go,” the 2018 head coach hire stated.
Monday, March 29, 2021 marked the first day of the spring season for the lady’s volleyball team who will be competing in the coming months. The ladies will have a compact league schedule with multiple weekend contests.
The players and staff must follow a strict, but necessary COVID-19 protocol before competing this spring. A negative COVID test must be reported by the school 72-hours prior for the athlete to participate in the game. Social distancing is enforced in the dugouts and sidelines, and masks must be worn by all players with few exceptions.
BSU is postponing fan attendance at games and the league is only playing games in state to limit the travel of all teams. The ban of out-of-state travel did hurt the scheduling of our men’s tennis team as they rely on multiple out-of-state opponents.
Even with no fans and a strict protocol, the seniors are very thankful to have competition this spring as they were granted an extra year of eligibility after last season cancelations. This does provide a sense of normalcy for the 18–22-year-old student athletes, as well as their great staff and coaches who get back to the games they love.
Stay up to date with all our spring teams at bsubears.com where you can catch schedule updates, standings, and so much more! Congratulations on being granted a spring season Bears, now it is time for all that hard work to pay off!