Fall sports in a pandemic posed many challenges and unpredictable situations for Rectory athletics this year. Could we play sports? Could we travel to play other schools? Would students be able to use the equipment they needed? These were some of the questions we began to ask ourselves in the early summer months of planning. New recommendations were coming out daily on how to approach athletics in school settings. With that information, we spent countless hours sifting through documents to ensure we could provide our students with an athletic experience that was safe and fun.
Challenges come with change, and sometimes that change can be a positive thing. Along with the traditional fall offerings, we created a mountain biking team and a fall tennis team. We added new activities such as a disc golf course, a footgolf course, and an outdoor volleyball net for teams to use. Pickleball became a crowd favorite; pickleball is a cross between badminton and tennis, making it easy for any athlete to pick up. Our coaches continually developed new ways to keep the athletes engaged.
Our cross country team this year participated in virtual races with other schools. Athletes were timed on their distance runs like a normal race, and schools would submit their runner's times. It was a great way to stay connected, even when we were all apart. Boys soccer put a new twist on kickball and made their own version. Instead of catching the ball with their hands, players would have to trap the ball and drill it to the base. Mountain biking cleaned up some of the trails on campus and learned how to do simple bike repairs. Girls soccer used some of the extra tennis courts and played soccer volleyball. Instead of using their arms, they used their feet to keep the ball up.
The fall sports season was another example of the dedication Rectory has to its students. In a time where sports had the ability to be so different, coaches stepped up and created a season full of memories. Students were able to try new things, focus on different skill-building elements, and created a supportive community outside of the classroom.
The Fall Athletic Awards were presented virtually on Monday, November 23. The following athletes were recognized for their sportsmanship, great attitudes, and athletic accomplishments:
● Carson A. ‘21, Coach's Award
● Addison L. ‘22, Coach's Award
● Alexandra R. ‘21, Captain's Award
● Jotham B. ‘25, Coach's Award
● Manuel M. ‘21, Hardest Worker
● Fergus L. ‘22, Coach's Award
● Stanley Z. ‘21, Top Team Player
● Brooke C. ‘23, Best Bear Crawl
● Kate R. ‘22, Best All Around
● Julia Z. ‘21, Coach's Award
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