Middle School Athletes Have Fall in Spring

New Season to Replace Lost Games
Posted on 03/10/2021
Image of Sports ballFall seems like it was a long, long time ago to many -- to no one more than athletes who lost part of a season due to COVID. But now, Akron Public Schools is working to make up for the loss with a special, three-week season this spring for those who had their fall sport canceled. The season will be played only among APS schools. According to Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti, this is in addition to the regular spring sports season already on the calendar.

While APS high school athletes played fall and winter sports, middle school athletes did not. This will be the first time in the last year they’ll have this opportunity. And, unlike winter sports, there will be no COVID testing for spring sports.

Student athletes must have physical exams in order to participate. “The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) does require pre-participation physicals for grades seven through 12,” said APS Executive Director for Business Affairs Debra Foulk.

Innes, Kenmore-Garfield, Litchfield, Firestone, Jennings and North will have doctors scheduled there to administer physicals. Student athletes at those schools are being notified.

Foulk says that for those not using those schools for an exam, Akron Public Schools will pay for any physical done at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Those students should contact the hospital at 330.543.5311 to schedule an exam. They will be done on the seventh floor at 215 W. Bowery St.

“We’re really happy our board chose to bring the fall season back this spring,” said Vassalotti. “These kids are really looking forward to playing.”

Middle schools will have their usual spring sports of softball and track and field beginning April 12.

However, starting next week (March 15), Akron Public Schools will put together what Vassalotti calls a “truncated” season. “This is for volleyball, soccer and basketball since their regular seasons earlier this school year were canceled, and it runs through April 2,” he said.

High school sports for the spring are girls and boys track and field, boys tennis, softball, baseball and boys volleyball.

It has long been known that activity, especially organized sports, improves the social and emotional well-being of young people. Importantly, too, Vassalotti said, are scholarships. "Scholarships are critical to so many APS kids. Student athletes have academic and financial opportunities we want them to be able to secure."
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