GDRHS Fall Sports Updates
Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:15am Heraldgroton
The MIAA has created an athletic calendar with four seasons but none of the seasons overlap, so athletes do not have to choose between sports but may participate in all four seasons. The new season is Fall 2 with football, volleyball and cheer starting on February 22, 2022.
“When it comes to the modifications, the game will look completely different,” said girls varsity coach Sean Murphy. “I understand they (MIAA) are trying to be safe but I believe they went too far with the changes. There will be too much for the officials to keep track of,” continued Murphy.
“It will be hard to explain how it will affect the game without seeing it done but I know it’s going to be strange and probably hard to get used to. No throw-ins, no walls being set up on free kicks, no goal kicks or goalie punts that would cross midfield in the air, no intentional head balls. And masks are mandatory. This will be different for sure,” added Murphy.
Practice will start on Friday Sept.18 with regular after-school practices continuing on Mon. 9/20
Boys soccer will begin tryouts on September 18 with the hope that games will start in early October.
Game schedules should be released later this week .The following teams will be competing, Groton-Dunstable, Littleton, Ayer-Shirley, Tyngsborough and North Middlesex. In order to reduce travel time, playoffs will only be local, with no state tournament event this fall.
Soccer will only carry Varsity and JV1 teams, with no JV2 team. Each team will carry 22 players with a total of only 44 kids allowed in the program.
“Lots of rule changes. The kids will have to adjust but we will figure it out,” commented varsity Coach Sean Wisbey, who starts his 11th season coaching at Groton-Dunstable.
“Some new rules include no heading, no throw-ins and a few other rule adjustments. We will manage and adjust. I think we are happy just to be playing and hope we don’t run into any issues with Covid,” said Wisbey.
All varsity soccer games will be on the football field.
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