Patterson eager to start volleyball season
REED CITY - It was practically a nonvolleyball summer for coaches like Reed City's Don Patterson.
The practice season starts on Aug. 12 for volleyball. But there are still many unknowns, especially with a sport where players cannot be inside.
In this area, volleyball is basically the only indoor sport during fall.
Patterson is accustomed to having many summer volleyball workouts. But the restrictions brought on by the COVID pandemic has necessitated some changes.
"We haven't been able to do anything," Patterson said. "We can't be in the gym. There's no place for us to do anything outside."
He met with athletic director Kris Griffin on Monday but noted afterwards it's still unknown if players can be indoors.
"We're pretty limited," Patterson said. "There are no outdoor courts near us. Even then, we're not supposed to be in groups. We're pretty much tied. From Cadillac north, they can be in the gym. We usually do a lot of summer stuff."
Volleyball, soccer and football are considered moderate-to-high risk sports. The MHSAA is set to decide on Aug. 20 how much these sports will be able to have competition.
"There's so many things up in the air we don't know," Patterson said. "We would usually start to play on Aug. 25 (at Northern McBain Michigan Christian). Our plans is to do our normal 5 to 7 (p.m.) on Aug. 12. It's still really up in the air."
Each sport also has various restrictions. Volleyball can only have four teams at an event, which Patterson noted brings into question the feasibility of multi-team invitationals.