Bainbridge sports in ‘holding pattern’

Published 4:40 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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Following Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and the GHSA’s recommendations to close schools across the state for two weeks, Bainbridge sports are in a holding pattern until March 27.

That means no games, no practices and no workouts until it is time for the reevaluation. Coaches are encouraging kids to stay on top of their training on their own. Baseball players should keep their arms warm, soccer players should keep their legs moving and tennis players should practice privately during the hiatus.

Unlike college athletics and pro sports around the country, there is a chance that Bainbridge sports will be back in action next month.

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“At least there is a glimmer of hope that high school sports may be able to continue,” said Bainbridge Co-Athletic Director Scott Miller. “They can’t do anything from a team’s perspective right now, but let’s try to stay positive and wait until the two-week period is over, and see what transpires then.”

It is not likely that any of the games missed during these two weeks will be rescheduled, considering the tight window the programs are working within, said Miller. If the schedules are picked back up, teams will finish out the rest of their seasons and prepare for region and state tournaments.

Tennis and track and field both have region tournaments already scheduled, meaning Bainbridge and the other four teams in Region 1-AAAAA will have a chance to determine the seeding going into the state tournament in those sports. Baseball and soccer do not have a region tournament. Their seeding is determined by region records during the regular season, which means there’s a chance that both those sports will need to create region tournaments.

“They might have to do a round-robin tournament,” said Miller. “You couldn’t even take region standings at this point because some teams haven’t played each other yet. It will take some creative planning.”