Looser DHMs move Shrine Bowl ahead
The Shrine Bowl committee is full steam ahead following Governor Pete Ricketts announcement that contact sport activities and competitions could begin July 1st.
Last week, the Shrine Bowl released health
they would follow if Governor Ricketts approved contact sport activities.
Important new measures associated with the Shrine Bowl are outdoor activities can hold 75 percent of its capacity. This means the restriction limiting only 10-people per player is gone. These measures do not go into effect until July 22 in all but four counties (Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Dakota).
North team assistant coach Rusty Fuller said for most of the spring coaches believed there was a slim chance the game would happen until Governor Ricketts' announcement.
"That kind of solidified, yes we're probably going to have a Shrine Bowl game. I don't think leading up to that any of the coaches on both sides probably thought there was going to be a deal where we could play. So, we're super excited," Coach Fuller said.
Fuller played in the Shrine Bowl in 2002 and knows how special a game this is for the seniors and also what the game represents.
"Being able to play the Shrine Bowl I think is kind of the stepping stone back to normal life. I think that's where people want to get to at some point," Fuller said. "Allowing these kids to be able to play and what the Shrine Bowl represents, all those Shriner hospitals and kids. I think is going to be an amazing experience for everyone involved."
Fuller said they are still finalizing the rosters and schedule for the week leading up to the game. Coaches and players are to meet five days before the game on Monday, July 6. As opposed to when they normally begin activities seven days before kick-off.
He expects the schedule and rosters to be finalized by July 19 or early next week. We will update this article as more information becomes available.