Back in March when the spring football season started, we all just prayed we’d make it to the final game with only a few bumps in the road.
Now that we are there, given all the latest guidance from the CDC, we can realistically consider having an end-of-season party.
That being said, it’s still incumbent on the party organizers to do it safely, including following any rules that remain in place wherever you live.
Here’s a suggestion to make it as safe as the practices and games you have been attending.
1. Pick a location where the mask and social distancing rules are similar to what you have been following the entire season since families are used to and comfortable with this. Ideally, this might be wherever you practice and/or play. But if that location is not available, maybe a local town, county or state park.
2. Determine ahead of time what the activities will be. Football games? Cornhole? Fishing? This enables you to determine social distancing rules ahead of time. And there might not need to be any depending on the activity.
3. Will parents and siblings be allowed to participate in the activities? If so, the social distancing rules might change since they haven’t been involved in any of the practices or games.
4. Bring your own food and drinks, and nothing to share. This just makes things that much easier to manage. There are no worries about who is dipping what chips into whose dips or someone touching three cookies before picking the one they really want.
5. Lastly, be understanding and don’t make a big deal about it if a family decides they are uncomfortable attending a gathering that is less “formal and restrictive” than the practices and games were all season.
Let’s all hope this is the last season we have to worry about “how” we are going to have the end-of-season party. But at the same time, let’s be thankful that now most likely your team is in a position to at least consider having one.
Jon Buzby has been involved in and writing about youth sports for the past 30 years with perspectives as a parent, coach and board member. Jon is an award-winning writer and his latest book, “Coaching Kids Made Easier,” is available on Amazon. Send comments or future blog topics you'd like to see to JonBuzby@hotmail.com and follow him @YouthSportsBuzz on Twitter.