In spring of 2020, a shocking and disappointing turn of events left all sports seasons (at the high school, college and professional level) cancelled. This unfortunately meant that many seniors whose sports competed in spring had their final season taken away from them. It is a new school year, however, and with it comes many changes to the operations of sports programs here at Dana. An interview with Dana’s own varsity baseball player, Kanoa Perman, provides many details regarding these changes.
From his days in Dana Point Youth Baseball, to the travel team the OC Hawks, to our very own Dolphin Baseball Team, baseball has become an integral and influential part of Perman’s life.
Perman has been playing baseball since he was five years old. From his days in Dana Point Youth Baseball, to the travel team the OC Hawks, to our very own Dolphin Baseball Team, baseball has become an integral and influential part of Perman’s life. In discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, Perman iterated, “we only played about eight games, so that was our first big change.” A typical baseball season lasts for about 30 games. Losing more than two-thirds of a season in which the team practiced so hard for shows clearly the damage COVID-19 inflicted upon this program and many others at Dana.
As the pandemic continues, changes to the structure of practices continue as well. While practice continues, as stated by Perman, “so far we haven’t been able to use equipment, which is a big thing for baseball obviously because we can’t use gloves, balls, bats or anything like that … So far our program has just been conditioning and getting in shape, and waiting for that phase 2 to come in so we can start using equipment.” The several baseball teams at Dana are split into pods of around ten players to minimize the possibility of transmission and to maintain social distancing guidelines at each practice. Practices occur twice a week for each pod.
When asked whether or not he saw himself playing baseball in college, Perman responded, “Baseball is something I’ve done since I was a kid, and I love it, and using it to get me to a good college, or getting into a good college and playing there would be amazing.” Were he to play baseball in college, Perman’s first choice as of now is the California Institute of Technology, as “the coach has expressed great interest in [him] playing for them,” and it fulfills both Perman’s academic and athletic standards. Wherever he ends up, Perman’s limitless dedication to both his performance on the field and in the classroom will take him far in the future.
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