VESTAL (WBNG) - This fall, the Vestal field hockey team was prepared to defend its Class B regional title. Now, they are one of many teams shifting their attention to spring.
When STAC made the decision to move all fall sports to the new year, Vestal field hockey coach Vickie Sax said it was disappointing, but the correct decision.
"Academics comes first and it's so ideal to make sure things are going well," said Sax.
The three seasons are expected to run ten weeks each.
"I think it's going to be short and it's going to be intense," said Sax.
Sax said a shortened season should motivate her team to be at its very best.
"They need to come in already in condition because we are going to be playing games right away," she said.
The team will have the chance to that with a continuation of its off-season workouts.
"We've been very careful to make sure all the workouts that we post are ones that players can do on their own individually," said Sax. "Some of that is in their living room some in their driveway."
Sax said once the girls get back on the field the biggest goal isn't winning a championship, but finding some sense of normalcy.
"Getting them on the field and getting them emotionally part of a group and having a role and feeling good about themselves," she said.
Today, the Midstate Athletic Conference followed the STAC and IAC's lead, also postponing all sports to 2021.