The president of the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association says combating COVID-19 has become a challenge for coaches and athletes all over the state. Terry Sadler also coaches varsity softball and is the activities director at Warroad. He says coaches need to make sure their players are handling the uncertainty of their seasons with an optimistic and positive mindset. Sadler says it will be important to let student-athletes know that they’re not in this alone and players all the way up to the professional sports ranks are sacrificing to make sure the virus does not spread. The Minnesota State High School League has suspended games and scrimmages through at least April 6th, while also banning practices and team training through at least March 27th. Sadler says it isn’t a bad idea to have players working out at home on their own to stay in shape for when or if the season resumes, and also just to keep the players feeling as close to normal as they can. He says students who have busy schedules around the school day with multiple activities will now have to find ways to stay disciplined away from the structure of the usual routine.
Sadler spoke with MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm: