By JOSH DUBOW, AP Professional Soccer Author
San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan stated the crew was blindsided by new coronavirus laws put in place by Santa Clara County officers that can pressure the 49ers to discover a momentary new dwelling for apply and video games.
The county introduced the brand new guidelines Saturday that embrace a three-week ban on practices and video games for contact sports activities beginning Monday. The Niners have been on a aircraft on the brink of journey to Los Angeles the place they beat the Rams 23-20 on Sunday when the gamers and coaches heard concerning the new guidelines that can pressure the crew out of its properties.
“We’ve been working with them as a associate, simply making an attempt to determine it out,” Shanahan stated. “For us to be heading out right here yesterday and the connection we’ve with them, for all of our gamers and coaches and everybody on that aircraft and our wives to search out that out whereas we’re getting on a aircraft and nobody to inform us. It was simply extraordinarily disappointing.”
A county spokeswoman didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Together with banning contact sports activities, the brand new guidelines additionally require anybody who has traveled greater than 150 miles from the county to quarantine for 14 days. The 49ers have been set to return from the journey Sunday night time simply hours earlier than the foundations go into impact.
The 49ers will now have to discover a new place to apply and to play video games. They’ve two dwelling video games scheduled throughout this three-week stretch: Dec. 7 in opposition to Buffalo and Dec. 13 in opposition to Washington.
Whereas there are alternatives exterior Santa Clara within the Bay Space, together with the Raiders’ outdated dwelling at Oakland Coliseum, it seems extra possible that the crew will play its dwelling video games at an current NFL stadium out of this market. The Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys don’t have any dwelling video games scheduled on the identical day as Niners dwelling video games the remainder of the season.
“They made that call and we’ve acquired to cope with it,” Shanahan stated. “However to search out that out by way of a tweet or a press convention the place I’ve a complete aircraft coming as much as me, I’ve all wives, everybody’s girlfriends, everybody’s relations, youngsters, saying that what they heard there. Are we going to be gone for all the month of December? Are we going to be quarantined for 14 days once we get again? That’s all we might discuss for the final 18 hours as a result of we acquired no solutions from them. I used to be simply very disenchanted.”
The Niners have just a few days to finalize their choice. With their subsequent sport not till every week from Monday, the crew gained’t begin training till Thursday.
“We’ll see what the longer term holds,” quarterback Nick Mullens stated. “It’s robust for us however it’s extra robust for the households. We’ll see what occurs. We’ll regulate and we’ll be prepared.”
The foundations additionally will influence the San Jose Sharks of the NHL and school groups at Stanford and San Jose State.
Stanford and San Jose State even have a number of sports activities in season. The Cardinal have one scheduled dwelling soccer sport left on Dec. 12 in opposition to Oregon State and might want to discover a place to apply out of the county this week.
The Spartans have dwelling soccer video games on Dec. 5 in opposition to Hawaii and Dec. 11 in opposition to Nevada. San Jose State practiced earlier than the season just a few hundred miles away at Humboldt State due to restrictions in Santa Clara County.
San Jose State officers deliberate to fulfill with county officers on Sunday to get extra particulars after which will formulate a plan.
“We’re in a fluid scenario with our soccer and basketball groups since their seasons are in progress,” athletic director Marie Tuite stated. “We’ll make selections on crew practices and when and the place our contests are being performed together with college administration and the Mountain West.”
Stanford’s second-ranked girls’s basketball crew is not going to play its scheduled dwelling sport Monday in opposition to San Diego. The crew is on the lookout for a spot to apply.
The NHL hasn’t introduced a date for the beginning of coaching camp however the Sharks have stated they’d look into alternate websites if wanted. A number of Sharks gamers have been holding casual exercises on the crew facility in small teams.
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