Created: November 25, 2020 10:55 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Rochester Community and Technical College will play winter sports, but the women's basketball team has to wait until January to take the court.
Last year RCTC wasn't able to field a women's basketball team due to numbers. However, Jason Bonde says the free time allowed him more opportunities to recruit, and he is itching to tip-off the season.
However, he will have to wait to play and practice. With the latest restrictions paired with NJCAA regulations, the Yellowjackets won't be able to practice until Jan. 4. But even the chance to get out on the court is enough for Bonde.
"It's such a huge part of their lives that as soon as we were allowed to get in the gym, just their faces perked up. I was happy. I was excited to be in the gym just like they were but just the energy level you could see in them throughout the day had changed," Bonde said.
Just four teams, including RCTC, will be playing women's basketball in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference. The schedule will be limited and untraditional, but the players are grateful they can see the light at the end of the tunnel after well over a year without any games.
Teams are hoping to begin games on or around Jan. 20.
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