Harding University indoor club sports began Jan. 12 with new rules for staying healthy and following COVID-19 regulations.
“The sports being played this semester indoors are basketball and volleyball,” Recreation Program Director Tom Ritchie said. “Only spectators come to watch the games. They are required to wear a face mask and social distance as much as possible, and we will be keeping a watch out for anyone not following guidelines.”
Indoor sports look different than outdoor sports, making it more difficult to navigate. Senior Kaitlyn Francois is a student manager in the Ganus Activities Complex (GAC) and said this semester’s rules are not very different from last semester’s.
“I see it as rewarding to how strict we were last semester,” Francois said. “Because we were able to distance and keep cases low, we can now play more sports.
The rules have not changed that much. You must be wearing a mask unless you are participating in the sport … Also, you should be doing your best to stay socially distanced.”
Francois said that she and the other workers are doing their best to implement the guidelines, such as mask-wearing, social distancing and regularly cleaning equipment.
“My opinion on the rules is pretty neutral,” Francois said. “I desire for everything to be normal; however, I understand that there is currently a pandemic, [and] sometimes we have to do things that frustrate us in order to do the things we love.”
Sophomore Maddie Adams, athletic director of women’s social club Delta Gamma Rho, also said she appreciates having the opportunity to play sports with her club.
“I am very grateful we’re getting the chance to play sports,” Adams said. “I hope that students and administrators show