He’s been to the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame, he’s made multiple trips to Pittsburgh, Hershey, and State College for championship games, and it seems that he’s seen and covered it all when it comes to high school sports in Beaver County.
But for Beaver County Radio sports director Bob Barrickman–and for everyone else, really–the year 2020 has dismantled tradition and brought many new aspects of life.
The WPIAL recently announced the reconfiguration of the 2020 Fall Sports season, which includes start times for practices and games. Specifically for football, that means pushing back the start date for games to the weekend of September 11-12, and reducing the maximum number of games per team to only 7.
Bob spoke about these new rules and regulations with Matt Drzik on A.M. Beaver County on August 3, and how the WPIAL is planning to move ahead without fans, and possibly without the PIAA playoffs once that is decided upon. He also spoke about how the presence of no fans will have an effect on the mindsets of players and coaches alike, and a COVID-19 quarantine protocol that may provide a lot of confusion and chaos if implemented to any team.
To hear the full discussion between Bob and Matt, click on the player below.