The coronavirus has forced student-athletes across all athletics to adjust to new rules and guidelines for their sport to keep themselves and the university safe.
Many changes have been made to previous routines, including wearing masks at all times, having altered training schedules and following social distancing guidelines.
“The biggest change this fall has definitely been our season being moved to the spring,” women’s soccer redshirt sophomore Michaela Weist said.
In years past, the men’s and women’s soccer seasons have taken place in the fall, as have volleyball and cross-country.
These athletes are used to being on campus over the summer for training and heading right into the season as the school year starts.
Since Weist and her team couldn’t come to campus this past summer to train, she said she wasn’t able to do much of anything in March.
Weist was home in Kansas City when quarantine started. As places started slowly opening again, she would train at her home gym and go to high school soccer fields to keep in practice.
Weist said one challenge was having to motivate herself to practice and stay fit without her teammates by her side.
Other athletes took similar approaches as Weist and self-trained while back home.
Sophomore pitcher Garret Reisz threw at nearby soccer and football fields and even on the street in front of his house before having the chance to play in a summer league.
“I was lucky enough to play from June to August in the Northwoods League in Bismarck, North Dakota,” Reisz said. “They had a YMCA that was only five minutes from the hotel my team stayed at, which was very beneficial.”
When it came to strengthening, Reisz said he was lucky enough to have the necessary equipment at home. The baseball season faced its impacts back in the spring.
“We were 15 games into our season when they canceled it,” Reisz said. “Nobody could believe it at the time, it blindsided everyone.”
Junior volleyball outside hitter Jaela Zimmerman also found her own ways to stay fit this summer without access to the Creighton facilities.
One way was through workouts sent by strength and conditioning coaches during the summer months.
“I would do the workouts at home in the morning, walk my dog in the early afternoon, and later in the day, my little brother and I would do something volleyball-related in our backyard,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman’s fall season was also canceled, and she now eagerly awaits a spring season with a reduced schedule.
“We are just excited and grateful to get the chance to compete,” Zimmerman said.