NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Some Westminster sports teams will have to change their travel plans as the college notified them that travelling to Florida for competition and training will not be allowed this academic year.
“We have four teams that were planning on traveling to Florida. And you know, through all of this, our focus will always be the health and safety of our students. And whether it's a student athlete or not, we want to make sure that they're always safe. There are some outbreaks down in Florida right now that we just don't think it's in our best interest to send our teams down there. So, we've asked them to find other locations to take their trips to,” said Westminster Athletic Director Jason Lener.
There are other concerns than COVID-19 in Florida such as the Red Tide going on, but Lener assured that the decision was made based on the Pandemic.
“It's purely COVID, we’re still dealing with COVID. We want to make sure that our kids are safe. Anytime you're going to send a group that large to be there for seven days. We want to make sure that they're going somewhere safe. Things can change between now and then, but right now we were asking them to go somewhere else” said Lener.
For the four teams that had plans to visit Florida during their seasons, they have been at work changing travel plans to make the best of the Florida cancellation.
“It's different for all sports, because like for baseball there, they're probably going to go down to South Carolina because there's baseball games down there. Then the men's basketball team will find some games up here versus going down south. Softball is working on some alternatives. Same thing with swimming” said Lener on what the teams plan to do now. “They all have different options, and they're going to try to figure out what makes the most sense for them because the trip is twofold. It's they want to practice, and they want to create some team camaraderie, but they're also going to compete. You've got to be able to find all those elements to find a trip to go to, and you want to be able to find a place that you can go there and in a short period of time play a lot of games. They're working on that right now. But we won't be going to Florida this year”.
The Holcad will continue to follow up with the teams’ travel plans to highlight their new plans instead of a Florida trip.