The Wisconsin women's soccer team was the first on campus to officially hold preseason camp this week as they pioneer their way through COVID-19.
The Badgers held a team meeting on Monday and kicked off their first practice on Tuesday and have practiced all week.
"I said you're the flagship. I said own it," said Paula Wilkins, head coach of the Badgers.
Practice consists of players wearing masks, being spaced out and separated in player pods. Even Wilkins is using an electric whistle.
"We are the ones that are blazing the trail. If something happens we have to go to the administrators and say this is what happened and they have to fix it. At least we are solving it for everyone else."
Wilkins is entering her 14th season at Wisconsin. The Badgers are coming off back-to-back trips to the NCAA, Sweet 16. That or better has become the new standard with the program. This season, it's that, plus beating COVID-19.
"Their awareness and their ability to process that information and adapt on the run has been incredible," Wilkins said about her squad.
Wilkins, her staff and team have yet to learn what their 2020 schedule will look like or when their first game will be. September 5, 15 or 21 have been tentative dates thrown around as season openers.