As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our world by canceling virtually every sporting event, it is important to note just how devastating these cancellations are for high school seniors.
The impact of the emerging health crisis was felt immediately at the high school level as state championships in basketball, hockey and many other sports were canceled all across the country.
Athletics of all age ranges have been cut short as this pandemic has seemingly taken all the fun out of America’s games. Tournaments have been canceled, seasons have been disregarded and players’ careers have ended as most athletes are not blessed enough to play at the next level.
A high school player’s senior year is one of the most memorable seasons they will endeavor as captain honors, seniority and a multitude of other perks are gifted to the eldest players.
On ESPN’s famous TV show, SportsCenter, Scott Van Pelt posted a Twitter thread a few weeks ago to celebrate the seniors with the send-offs they should have received. Many athletes may have played their last games without even realizing it.
As you can imagine, hosting SportsCenter with no live sports airing can be a pretty large task, but incorporating this “Senior Night” segment has boosted the spirits of many seniors unable to play as well as give them the recognition they deserve.
Becoming a high school All-American in any sport is truly the highest honor, but in basketball, earning the honor of being a McDonald’s All American is the most prestigious honor one can receive.
The McDonald’s All-American Game, which has been played since 1977, announced that its events will be canceled due to coronavirus concerns. 24 elite prospects were all selected for this year’s McDonald’s games, which were set to be played in Houston on April 1.
With top high school prospects set to commit this spring in virtually all sports, there has been speculation in recruiting circles that the ongoing concerns over the spread of coronavirus could lead to changes in the spring recruiting calendar.
This affects many senior athletes looking to take recruiting visits in order to get their name out there to the world. This “dead period” will affect them drastically.
During a recruiting dead period, no official or unofficial visits are allowed, nor are contacts or evaluations. Phone calls and text messages are still allowed, however.
It is important to note why organizations and associations are going to such severe measures, as coronavirus spreads between people in close contact with one another or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Spread is still possible before people show symptoms, although that does not stand as the typical cause, according to the CDC.
With the cancellation of all high school sports, there are still many unanswered questions concerning the future of high school state championships, senior recruiting visits, among a multitude of unknown circumstances, but what we do know is that this verdict to cancel high school sports is the correct decision.