The University of La Verne had 178 student-athletes qualify for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s All-Academic team for 2020-2021.
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It was an afternoon baseball game at Claremont High School in late March. Looking around and taking in the scene, you would not think this was only the third game hosted on campus since the pandemic halted almost every aspect of American life – schools most strikingly.
With restrictions in California starting to lift it also meant that I was finally able to start practicing in person with the women’s water polo team and getting in the water to train on April 5.
La Verne baseball players warm-up before practice by running sprints at Ben Hines Field on Monday. The baseball team returned to in-person practices March 29 after the University lifted its COVID-related restrictions on team sports activities.
University officials announced last week that La Verne athletics will be allowed to conduct limited outdoor training and practices for student athletes starting Monday.
The University of La Verne Athletics Department created the La Verne Athletics Podcast in early February, to help the La Verne community stay connected to sports despite the extended suspension of in-person sports in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that conference competition, including championships, for all fall and winter sports during the 2020-21 academic year would be cancelled.
In-person activities for University of La Verne athletics are currently on hold due to the pandemic, but student-athletes are staying prepared for the possible return of their sports in the spring.
Student athletes at the University of La Verne have been partaking in different ways to remain fit and active, as well as staying connected with fellow teammates and coaching staff, with the campus shutdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aside from figuring out how to keep players in shape for next season, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused University of La Verne coaches to adapt to a new process of one of the most important parts of their job: recruiting.