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No games? Minnesota high school teams and athletes are finding ways to stay busy

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, 03/27/20, 2:15PM CDT


The question on the minds of coaches and athletic directors in the wake of the COVID-19 restrictions is how. As in, how do we keep athletes engaged and active in a time when such activity is limited?

Totino-Grace Activities Director Mike Smith has some thoughts. Smith, who is also the school’s head baseball coach, relayed some of the ideas he’s implemented to keep his players thinking like a team when there’s no baseball to be played.

“The road map is fuzzy,” he said. “You haven’t dealt with this before and you don’t know when this will end.”

The Eagles, like many, turned to the internet to bond as a team. They’ve shared online training videos and the coaches have had virtual meetings via Google Meets. And things have taken a light-hearted turn as well.

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