NORFOLK, Va. - There's no place like home. It's a saying that certainly rings true for athletes, who welcome having home field advantage.
Although, for the 757 Colts, a local youth travel football organization, they may not get to play a single game on their home turf this season.
"Everything’s kinda closed here," Colts co-founder Redd Jenkins said. "In Delaware there’s an organization who has their own property up there with about two or three fields. Georgia’s opening up and they’re playing ball already, and Florida."
Jenkins says that despite all the travel and playing during the pandemic, the Colts have received more interest from kids than usual, with athletes as far as Richmond looking to join the team.
They typically host tryouts in June, but because of COVID-19 their timeline was pushed back and tryouts will now take place August 30.
"We weren’t sure if we were even gonna have a season at all," Jenkins said. "It's gonna be strange but I'm telling the kids to make sure you keep your hands clean and keep distancing from people because if you show up to practice, or to the bus to travel to a game ,and your temperature’s too high, unfortunately, we just can’t let you travel with us.
"[The kids are] clawing at the moment to get into pads and they’re really excited about the travel, they’re excited about the season now that they have a season and somewhere to play."