Football team tackles COVID-19, plans for spring season to come

Santa Barbara City College center, Jake Tourtillotte, prepares to snap the ball to quarterback Franco De Luca on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at La Playa Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Santa Barbara City College center, Jake Tourtillotte, prepares to snap the ball to quarterback Franco De Luca on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at La Playa Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Dylan Grausz, Staff Writer

Plans for the spring sports season at City College are in place for the near future. The football team is advancing in the meantime by being allowed to practice at La Playa Stadium.

City College has plans to begin their fall sports season starting with the first set of competition on February 5, 2021. According to athletic director Rocco Constantino, this includes winter sports as well.

“The state has a plan to hold fall sports and winter sports such as basketball starting February 5 and running through April 17,” Constantino said. “They are currently tentative plans but the hope is that we are able to start then.”

All sports seasons will be cut down by 30% and no state championships will be held. The football season is going to consist of seven games and one scrimmage due to the cutdowns. 

Football coach Craig Moropoulos is glad to be back on the field with the team for practice.

“We finally have been on the field doing work with balls and equipment,” Moropoulos said. “We have strict protocols for practice that include sanitizing the balls and equipment, but it feels good to be out there.”

The protocols also require everyone be tested before October 19, and again before Thanksgiving.

Constantino further elaborated on the idea of having fans in the stadiums when games resume. He says that fans at games will only be permitted if the state allows it.

“The plan for fans will be determined by the state government and we’ll get further word on it in January,” Constantino said. “If the county gets into [the] orange tier for reopening, then fans may be allowed.”

15 student athletes so far have tested positive for COVID-19, however all except for one was asymptomatic.

Each sport has been very strict with their protocols in the hopes of stopping the spread of the virus amongst the players, in the hopes of starting their seasons in February.

Constantino and Moropoulos are confident that with these protocols in place, sports at City College can resume come 2021.