Frontier Regional winter sports clear another hurdle

  • Frontier Regional High School in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 12/29/2020 7:44:45 PM

The Deerfield Board of Health provided a bit more clarity about the winter high school sports season on Tuesday, though final decisions remain uncertain for the Frontier Regional School District.

The Frontier Regional School Committee voted on Dec. 10 to move forward with winter sports, with boys and girls basketball, and boys and girls alpine skiing offered at the school.

After some discussion Tuesday, the Deerfield Board of Health voted unanimously to move forward with practices beginning Jan. 11. The board said it would wait to see where COVID-19 case numbers were at when they meet again on Jan. 13 before giving Frontier student-athletes the green light to participate in games and meets against other schools.

Frontier Athletic Director Carl Cyr said he would move forward with sign-ups while getting everything ready as if a season will happen so that way if it does, teams will be ready to go should the board of health approve next month.

One of the main concerns posted by the board of health was having spectators at games. Cyr outlined all the protocols to play basketball, which include players and coaches wearing a mask at all times, changing of the ball at each quarter, and spaced out benches. Concerns were raised about having parents in the stands as well, even if they were socially distanced.

Cyr said that one way to accommodate parents not being in the gym involved having games streamed live on FCAT, allowing parents to either watch from their house or outside in their cars on their phones and laptops while not physically inside the gym.

Cyr also said that all skiers will be responsible for getting themselves to Berkshire East for meets, which would prevent crowded bus rides — also a concern for the committee.

While there was general agreement from the board that students getting back out and playing sports would be beneficial, the goal of getting students back in the building for learning in the classroom remained the priority for many.

“I’m not saying we shouldn’t do it, but we can’t have 20 kids in a classroom spaced out with masks on right now,” Frontier School Committee member Olivia Leone said. “So how can we ask them to play basketball?”

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