With new health measures in place as the Public Health Officer and BC Government respond to the rise of the Omicron variant across the province, one impact that has been felt is that on High school sports, with the path ahead for sports teams now one of more practice and less in the way of game action for many teams.
The new rules for competition were outlined by the BC School Sports organization following the recent changes from Doctor Bonnie Henry from earlier this month.
The new Sports measures one which allows teams to practice and play single game competitions against one other team, but have put an end to the weekend tournaments of the past, for now.
For the Charles Hays Rainmakers, co-coach Ryan Bishop notes for the NCR, that means less in the way of those popular weekend tournaments and more individual games.
The first change to the 2022 plan was the cancellation of plans to go to Prince George and Smithers for tournaments.
In their place, the Rainmakers have replaced those plans with single team weekends.
This weekend they have a game against a team from the Island and then next weekend the Maker's make a trip to Terrace.
Later this month that have hopes that a Prince George team will be coming to Prince Rupert to play them three times over the course of a wekeend.
The CHSS squad also will host Caledonia again before the zones.
Unfortunately for Rainmaker fans, those games are closed to the public with no attendance allowed.
Should the restrictions change at the end of this month fans may be able to cheer the team on from the stands. That is if the Rainmakers are able to host their own tournament on the February 4/5th weekend.
The revision in competition plans is in place for all sports that CHSS student athletes participate in.
More notes on the Sports scene from the city's high school can be explored from our archive page.