Tips for sports fans and athletes during coronavirus shutdown

The sports world may be at at standstill during the coronavirus shutdown, so now it's up to YOU to make your own sports happen.

Does the coronavirus shutdown have you feeling the no-sports blues? The Altavista Journal has you covered. Here are a few ideas to help sports fans, fitness buffs, and athletes alike to make it through the current sports drought.

On the plus side, the newest Executive Order – 55 – from the governor’s office does allow for “Engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements.”

Of course, be sure to practice social distancing and comply with all federal, state, and local regulations.

Things for sports fans to do during Coronavirus Shutdown

  • Set up an indoor golf/ mini-golf practice. You can even make your own (see the photo). It might be a fun activity for the kids.
  • Catch up on sports documentaries or sports movies.
  • Work on your cornhole skills. Prepare to crush your friends at tailgating cornhole in the fall!
  • Organize a paper football tournament (don’t forget to practice social distancing). Set it up using your favorite bracket system. All sorts of blank brackets are available online.
  • Watch NASCAR virtual races. NASCAR drivers are stuck at home, too, but they have found a workaround for their own speed thrills and for fans of racing. Watch them online from your own home while your favorite drivers compete in virtual racing from their own homes on simulations of real racetracks.
  • Re-watch Altavista Colonels’ state championship contests. Relive the glory and thrill of those moments when all of Colonel Country celebrated the big wins!
    • No need to list the web addresses of those games here: we all know you’ve watched them a time or two (or twenty!) already.
    • Gretna, Rustburg, and William Campbell High School fans: you can likewise watch the Hawks, Red Devils, or Generals winning their place in the VHSL record books.
  • Major League Baseball opening day was to have taken place on Thursday (March 26). Like so many other events, it’s on hold. So MLB teams promoted the social media hashtag #OpeningDayAtHome.

Things for fitness buffs and athletes to do during Coronavirus Shutdown

  • YMCA online or virtual fitness classes
    • Altavista YMCA may be closed, but the staff is staying busy providing opportunities for people to keep exercising from home. Go to the Y’s Coronavirus Updates web page for links to the workouts (
  • Baseball & softball players – hit fly balls, and then go get them yourself (doubles as batting practice and cardio by chasing balls).
  • Soccer players – work on your juggling and ball control skills. Check YouTube for at-home skill building ideas.
  • Virtual reality training is the next up-and-coming thing in sports training, and it has suddenly become incredibly relevant.

For the full story, be sure to pick up a copy of the April 1 print edition of The Altavista Journal. It’s available on newsstands throughout the greater Altavista area and all around Campbell and southern Pittsylvania Counties.