Long Beach, California 2021-09-26 03:00:00 –
LBCC Viking Sports is back in the fall semester after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic that canceled the 2020-2021 season.
The LBCC returned in a partial face-to-face class this fall semester. This included the resumption of activity for most sports teams.
Teams such as men’s and women’s basketball, men’s water polo, men’s swimming and diving were one of the many LBCC teams that returned this semester with a limited number of spectators.
LBCC Interim Athletic Director Karadon Stewart believes that the athletics department returning to campus has a spirit of hope and excitement.
“We are delighted to be able to serve our students, coaches and staff. We encourage you to see people doing what they love,” says Stewart.
One of the concerns some coaches had about returning to sports was giving them the opportunity to play all athletes in their first home game after more than 18 months of inactivity.
The students returned to good health on April 12, 2021 during the mid-spring semester. Students continue to condition to improve the game, and the results of the LBCC football and soccer teams show that the work put into it is worth it.
“I saw student athletes start working hard. They weren’t as full athletic as they used to be, and it took time to get back to normal in the spring and summer. The effect of proper conditioning in practice and competition. Can be seen, “said Stewart.
The first goal of Stewart’s athletics program is to run as safely as possible during the fall event, and the second goal is to be the champion of competition, class and character.
“I know that LBCC coaches are very competitive and encourage them not only to be competitive champions, but also to be active in the classroom,” Stewart said.
Men’s swimming and diving coach Chris Oeding said, “We’ve made gradual progress towards pre-pandemic fitness and gameplay, and we’ll continue, but we’re happy that everyone can play again. I think. ”
Ading explained that 25% of spectators can participate in home games on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the LBCC Athletics Department.
“Audiences must complete an LBCC health check and wear a mask while sitting 6 feet away,” Ading added.