Susquehannock Livestreams Sporting Events

October 22, 2020

With the pandemic still raging in the country, friends’ and families’ only hope to watch high school sporting events while the pandemic rages is to livestream sporting events.

Anyone in the district can watch sporting events via YouTube.

Junior Fallou Cisse (17) dribbles a ball during a game. Photograph Courtesy of Fallou Cisse

Stands that would be filled with fans to watch fall sports are scattered with no more than 250 people.

Instead, this season leaves fans sitting on their couches watching games on their phones or laptops.

Senior Dereck Ramos is disappointed with the new way of spectating games.

“It sucks not being able to be at games and supporting my guys,” said Ramos.

Not only are fans affected by the new normal, but student athletes are as well.

One common similarity when talking to athletes is how different the atmosphere is.

Serving as the junior receiver on the football team, Ricky Ferguson notes that fellow players are responsible for the support that fans would normally bring.

“This creates a completely different environment on the field,” said Ferguson. “…You have to rely on your teammates to make some noise.”

 

While the new normal has created challenges for sports, athletic director Brad Keeney is ecstatic regarding livestreaming games.

“I am extremely happy with both the number of people watching and the fact that it allows people to watch from anywhere,” Keeney said. “I believe this creates a level of access we previously didn’t have.”

For some parents, the livestreaming of these events allows them to never miss a game.

If a parent has children of different genders who play the same sport, they can attend a game in person and tune into another that is being live streamed.

“Fall sports were in question until August, so we are just excited for the opportunity to play,” said Ferguson. “Honestly, I’m just grateful to play with everything that’s going on in the world.”

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