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Waiting game for Callaway softball team

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

The schedule for the 2020 season is set, and Callaway High head softball coach Robyn McCann is ready to get her players on the field and start preparing for an opener that is less than three months away.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic those preparations are on hold, though, with teams unable to hold face-to-face get-togethers.

Callaway has already lost its spring practice when tryouts would have been held, and when the players and coaches will be able to meet remains to be seen.

Just because the team hasn’t practiced doesn’t mean the players haven’t been working, though.

“The girls can do stuff on their own,” McCann said. “My girls go to the Thread, but it has nothing to do with me. They’re doing that on their own. So they’re trying to do stuff on their own, and I’m proud of that. I’ve told them just make sure you’re practicing, social distancing, and spread out. I just can’t be there.”

McCann has been taking advantage of technology to keep in touch with her players.

Like so many other teams, the Callaway players and coaches have been meeting through Zoom video conferencing.

“We’re getting on Zoom at least one day a week, and we’re about to start two days a week,” McCann said. “I’ll get on there, and we’ll just catch up and talk to see what everybody’s doing.”

Callaway qualified for the Class AA state tournament last season where it lost to Rockmart in a first-round matchup.

Many of the key players from that team are returning as Callaway looks to enjoy another successful season under McCann, the team’s third-year head coach.

Callaway will play in Region 5-AA this season along with Heard County, Temple, Haralson County and Temple.