W.M.S. Athletes have Mixed Feeling about Wearing Masks



Playing sports during the pandemic brings mixed feelings about masks.

Andrew Covino, Reporter

The majority of athletes in Michigan are forced to wear a mask while participating in an athletic game due to the virus. There are a lot of people who are bothered when wearing a mask while playing. 

Alex Wassel, a WMS seventh-grade basketball and baseball player, said, “I do right now because I feel safer but usually I would not if everything was normal.”

Cooper Buck, a WMS seventh-grade soccer player, said, “ It doesn’t really bother me personally but I know people who it does bother.”

 Tyler Regner, a WMS seventh-grade football and baseball player, said, “I do not like to wear a mask while playing sports because it can distract you and it makes it hard to breathe. It’s just not fun in general.”  Tyler added, “ I was doing a workout and I had to do ladder runs and I was running and I felt like I was gonna pass out because I was just breathing in all the air I just breathed out and I wasn’t getting enough fresh air.

Cooper, however, said, “It depends on the material if it’s thin, it’s fine, but if it’s a thick fabric it makes it harder to breathe.”

Referees also have not been enforcing the rule that players have to keep their masks on. Cooper quotes “It feels weird when people aren’t wearing them [their masks].” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quotes, “Wearing masks is most important when physical distancing is difficult.”