Play ball! Just don’t get too close.
Practices for school teams in Warren County can resume June 1, but social distancing must remain in place, according to guidelines approved by the Warren County Board of Education on Monday night.
“We are excited to get back to some sort of normalcy,” said Warren County athletic director Todd Willmore, who is also the WCHS girls soccer coach. “I’ve heard from most of our teams and they are equally excited and eager to get started. It will be somewhat different than what we are accustomed to, but it should be fun.”
Coaches can resume practices, but there’s not to be any contact between players so drills will mainly be individual. Team officials will have to follow a number of steps before each practice.
The temperature of each player will be checked before he or she can practice or work out. Thermometers have been ordered.
There must be groups of 10 or less in all areas, regardless of whether the activity is in the weight room, outside on a field, or indoors on a court. Students and coaches must practice social distancing. For example, exercises in the weight room must only include those that will not require a spotter.
Field or court work must not include any competition-style exercises or drills. It will be individual skill work only.
Once a group completes its workout in the weight room or practice in any facility, all equipment used must be cleaned and/ or wiped down with wipes. Another group may enter the weight room 10-15 minutes after the last piece of equipment has been cleaned.
Since football, baseball, soccer, and softball will be outside, they may have multiple groups. However, groups may not exceed 10 and social distancing will be required for individual groups as well as between the groups.
For example, a group of 10 practicing social distancing may be on one end of the field, while a second group of 10 could be using the opposite end of the field.