Like much of the sports world, the Carmel Dads’ Club spring sports season is in a holding pattern because of the coronavirus pandemic.
CDC had set a new tentative date of May 4 to start the season, but President Jack Beery said his club is prepared to delay that date again if need be, especially since schools have been ordered closed through the end of the school year and all IHSAA spring sports seasons have been canceled.
“We take about four months to prepare for a season. That includes registration, getting coaches and doing rosters, ordering uniforms and equipment and field preparations,” Beery said. “We have nearly 5,000 kids registered to play this spring.”
The spring season is the largest for CDC and includes softball, baseball, volleyball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, rugby, aerial football and special sports.
Beery said he stays in contact with Carmel Clay Schools and will follow its lead as far as dates.
“We would be prepared to postpone the season up until the time we can get a full season in,” Beery said. “Based on information we get from the school system, we could again postpone.”
Although Beery said he hasn’t talked with the board, he could see the season starting as late as June 1.
“It’s an ever-changing situation, but as soon as we see things change, people are going to want to get outside and kids are going to want to play,” he said. “It would be the Dads’ Club hope we could still have a spring/summer season.”
Beery said some of the travel sports teams had started training but halted around the same time the schools closed March 16. As of March 31, schools were scheduled to reopen May 1.
“It would make a huge negative impact (financially) on the club like it is on all other businesses,” Beery said of canceling the season entirely. “Our main concern is for the safety of our families and safety of this community.”
Beery said many of the facilities are owned by Carmel Clay Schools or the Carmel Dads’ Club.
“It wouldn’t make sense to start practices before schools are back in session,” he said. “This is the most difficult thing I’ve dealt with in the corporate world.”
The club plans to post suggestions for drills on its website (carmeldadsclub.org) for youngsters to stay active in their house or yard.