GLEN RIDGE, NJ-- While the status of the 2020 spring sports season for New Jersey high school athletics is still unknown, Glen Ridge High's athletic director Rob Hill is holding out hope.
"Of course, it's first and foremost about the kids," said Hill, by phone last weekend. "We all want to see them competing and enjoying the spring season, especially the seniors."
Hill has been speaking with other athletic directors in Essex County to share ideas.
"Right now, we're in a holding pattern," said Hill, a Nutley native who is in his second season as athletic director at Glen Ridge. "At Glen Ridge, we had an exciting winter season and were very excited about the spring, especially lacrosse, for both boys and girls.
"What I have been very impressed about, despite the delay, has been the way our coaches and student-athletes are communicating. Google Classroom is doing well. Our first concern, once the schools closed, was making sure our students were getting the necessary instruction for their classes, and that has gone well. Our coaches are all-in when it comes to the kids having a great experience in athletics. I know how hard they're trying and I want to make sure they're not getting discouraged."
The coaches are providing workouts for the kids to do at their homes, through Google Classroom.
"Many of our coaches are coming up with motivational ideas, and photos, to keep the kids' interest, as well as emotional support," said Hill. "I've been invited to participate in some of the on-line work with the athletes, and it's been fun."
The NJSIAA continues to hold out hope that there will be a spring season.
"The state has done a good job in trying to get the season in," said Hill. "They're really trying."
Glen Ridge is scheduled to have spring sports in baseball, softball, track (boys and girls), boys tennis, golf, and boys and girls lacrosse.
"We're all hoping," said Hill. "Things are going as well as possible. I just hope the kids can get out there soon."