SU student-athletes prep for eventual return to play

SU student-athletes prepare for season restart

Though campus workout facilities are closed, athletes find time to workout – from home.
Published: April 29, 2020 | Updated: May 1st, 2020 at 5:30 pm
An empty soccer field. SU varsity athletes are turning to different measures to stay in shape for their respective sports.
An empty soccer field. SU soccer players and other varsity athletes are turning to different measures to stay in shape for their respective sports.

Following Syracuse University’s decision to move classes to Zoom for the rest of the semester, university buildings closed and many students returned home. The decision not only put a halt to many sports’ seasons, but also to team training.

Student athletes are now in a difficult situation: staying in top-notch shape to defend the Orange while being at home with limited resources, as many gyms around the world are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to SU athletics’ communications assistant, Will Edmonds, athletes received general instructions for the time being, but nothing similar to what off-season usually looks like.

Between the instructed body-weight workouts and cardio, such as yoga and running, athletes have taken their training home, but also to the internet. Many teams have decided to use this time of pandemic to stay home, stay in shape and stay in contact with their fans. As they’ve taken their workouts from their backyards to Instagram – here’s what SU student-athletes have been up to.

By themselves, with friends, family and even puppies, the women’s soccer team has been preparing and focusing on their team’s agility.


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Even though we’re away from Syracuse, we continue to get better! ????⚽️

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Carolin Hoffmann, a player on field hockey team, has shared a home-friendly drill for other players to do while staying safe and socially distancing.

The men’s basketball team has had many players and even Coach Boeheim talk to fans, giving them updates on how they are doing and words of advice. This was similar to what Jessica DiGirolamo from the women’s ice hockey team did.


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Checking in from Glens Falls: @jg3____ Stay home. Stay safe. ????

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Glad to hear @jessdigi22 is doing well in the 6! ????????

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Meanwhile, the volleyball team put together a virtual and around-the-world pepper drill, a volleyball classic.


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Syracuse ➡️ Tennessee ➡️ Israel and plenty of places in between! ????????????

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In addition to these posts, several athletes have done Instagram takeovers for their respective teams. Here, they’ve taken fans on a tour of what their days during quarantine and social isolation look like. All reminding fans to, “stay home, stay healthy, and together we will beat the virus.”

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is a Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism graduate student and a digital producer for The NewsHouse.