Thoughts on Dealing With COVID-19 from Doug Petrick Upper St Clair HS track & XC coach
Welcome back to another episode of the moving to live podcast and also the fit lad. Pge podcast listeners. Know if you've listened to us before sometimes we cross pollinate or interview. Somebody who makes a great guests for both fit lab? Pga In moving to live. Both of our podcasts. Have Ethos movement is a lifestyle not just an activity fill out. Pittsburgh tries to highlight people who do great movement things in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area moving to live tries to break down knowledge silos. And I think today's guest is well suited for both podcasts. Were in the middle of starting week. Five about halfway through week. Five of the Pittsburgh area. Essentially being in social distancing schools are not in session other than virtually and people across the world probably are very aware. It's very similar in various places. Today's guest is Doug Patrick. He is a cross country track and field coach. Upper Saint Clair high school which is a suburb of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania is also a physics professor. I think from what I've seen is probably the person that I have seen. Who Uses twitter to the best effect of anybody else? As soon as we're done with this I need to find out more twitter. Twitter twitter tips from him. But I think if anybody can talk about the effect that it's had on a career on athletes these coaching and also he somebody who organizes a yearly cross country conference for high school coaches across Pennsylvania and in some cases in other states that he's been I won't say forced but he's had the opportunity over the past couple of weeks to realize this is not going to happen face to face. This is actually going to happen on zoom so doug thanks for taking time to talk to a fit lab. Pittsburgh in moving to live all. Thank some real excited. Kinda talk in connecting share a little bit about what we do like the first thing. That's very interesting to go over because I find it fascinating. I actually have a podcast that came out today where recording today with the physician who is in Italy who has been in quarantine for over four weeks. When did you first find out that your job is a physics teacher and as a cross country coach at Upper Saint Clair that you weren't going to be going into work early morning every day So I WANNA say probably March eleventh was when all this like hit in terms of at the high school and I know earlier that week At students asking. Hey what's going on or we heard. Were not going to be here next week. But I believe the date might the eleventh and our administration had hit said you know the following week we would not in school and I think at that point. It was just sort of a suspension through the middle of April So that being said you know. Uh Sports deathly weren't going to be happening During the suspension academics weren't GonNa be happening and like I wanna tip my hat to the administration at Upper Saint Clair School. Because they were very proactive about like thinking in having a plan in place in not rushing to hurry up and do something to fill time In I had a feeling that we weren't going to go back to distance learning illness after the last three weeks But until we got the official word It are like department meeting which was virtual that you know. We're not going back into the building and you know the state for athletics and activities. Said we're we're down without as well. I don't Wanna Seattle's in disbelief but I just didn't process it. It didn't seem that real so until I think it was like last Thursday That's when we got the official word and you and I were chatting prior to starting recording. I think I mentioned to you that I I started to take it seriously. Maybe four or five days before that and March tenth or eleventh was what I shut everything down to. I'm fortunate in that my real job is I teach online for California University of Pennsylvania so my job per se hasn't changed that much but I'm curious prior to that March eleven. Say a week before that or two weeks before that where was the thought process or was there a thought process about Cova nineteen in the upper Saint Clair School district as far as you as a teacher also as a track coach where you're traveling all over western Pennsylvania. Yeah so I guess we go back to the end of February. We're still in our indoor track and field season. So we're actually Penn state. We had ugly. Three athletes go to the state in so it was the NFL. Or wasn't I don't want to say it wasn't hitting United States but it was something wasn't in the public train were in any of the media and it. Maybe I was naive but I didn't know how it would impact us or if it was going to impact us so I can only speak for myself just in terms of when it. I hate you know that week of the eleventh before the eleven at the beginning of March I would see things come up on on the news. You're in my twitter feed and really. I didn't know the magnitude of what it was in Seoul. The fallen wake you know we weren't school in All the information that kept coming for Nats I just I didn't have a lot of information about the beginning so I didn't anticipate the magnitude. It was GonNa have on everything in everyone's like how long after they March eleventh again just for people who are listening and I know it differs from state to state. Were you aware that the track season was not going to continue score to cease to exist from that point forward. Yes we two leaks in. That was in the sacking leak and the way and the WPA out kind of like two weeks mention of nothing ends. You know on the way home when I got home. Phone's blowing up and local coaches on texting on their taxi. May and I guess different districts were handling it differently summer just doing exactly what the POW said. Some were doing more than what they had said. by I don't WanNA say wasn disbelief but it's sort of as more time went on initially thought we would go back. Maybe we'll just have a district championship or they would modify St Ann's probably about a week and a half ago. I just thought my mocked. It seems like this is just not going to happen. part of that. Is You know a lot. The kids that we have the in college I mean their seasons were cancelled at the beginning of March in. I was thinking you know if college is GONNA CANCEL NOT SEASON. It would make sense to me that a high school. Oscar Cheese Whiz go on. I'm curious I know you have a number of athletes. Go on and run in college. What effect do you think that? This is going to have on high school seniors now as far as getting recruited or getting if they're good enough getting scholarship money to go to college is the fact that they are not going to be able to run their senior year. Run Times they're potentially or PR's right no. It's it's going to impact a lot of kids. I would almost even say kids. That are juniors in terms of if they're track athletes usually their junior year weather guy or girl those the Times that the colleges used the rhythm their junior in spring track. So yeah there are GonNa be at a disadvantage. I'm some seniors. We have that are. GonNa run in college. They were in the process of sort of on being proactive prior to that of visiting schools reaching out schools figuring out if know running is GonNa work in their future with academic so seniors are missing their senior season But I almost want to say maybe juniors. They're going to be track athletes. They're you know they're they will have no times at all. Naturally with colleges. College coaches look at in terms of recruiting.