For Independent School League athletic directors, the 2021 season included a limited game schedule, weekly COVID testing for all players, the postponement of junior varsity programs in some cases, no postseason awards ceremony and restrictions on fans.
New England Baseball Journal spoke with several ISL coaches to get a behind-the-scenes look at the sacrifices that went into making this season a reality.
"Overall, the most difficult part of the season was not being able to play more games, particularly given the fact that we did not have a season last year,'' said Lawrence Academy coach Chris Margraf. "However, our kids and parents made the most of it, and we were very fortunate to stay healthy."
The Spartans were lucky, as compared to a few other ISL schools, as they were able to play 10 games with a couple of preseason scrimmages.