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As the calendar turned to June, the Scotland County R-I School district unveiled its plan to turn the corner on the shutdown of sports and extracurricular activities.
Summer conditioning and sport-specific workouts were allowed to resume effective Monday, June 1st, barring any significant changes in guidance from the state or county level.
District leadership stressed that parents and guardians ultimately must decide if they feel it is safe enough for their students to participate.
“If you do not want them to attend these voluntary workouts, please let the coaches know,” said the district newsletter. “We are providing these plans to begin the process of getting back to some kind of normalcy and activities for our students.”
The district has established expectations of facilities and sports/activities but also allowed coaches and sponsors the ability to use more restrictive plans.
The district will limit the weight room activities to groups of 10 or less to be allowed to train at any one time. The guidelines call for a limit of one person per the seven rack items and the three core stations. All equipment will be wiped down before another group can enter.
Outdoor/track workouts will be limited to groups of six or less for training on the track, focusing on speed, agility, and conditioning.
Gym workouts will be limited to no more than 24 athletes at one time.
Football workouts will be limited to groups of six or fewer in areas of the field, focusing on non-contact drills, general skill development, pass and running patterns, working on footwork, etc.
Basketball training will be limited to groups of four less will be allowed per basket (6 baskets total), focusing on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, agility, etc. Basketballs, when used, should be wiped down with disinfectant frequently.
Baseball and softball can practice and scrimmage as normal.
Sideline Cheer – Limited to fitness and cheers, no stunting.
Additional precautions include no water fountain use inside the school except for the no touch bottle filling station.
The district notes that special care should be given to ensuring that towels, workout mats, bars, etc., are not shared without thoroughly sanitizing these between uses. Each athlete should bring his/her own towel and any other personal equipment deemed necessary
Coaches will be required to maintain a log of daily attendees with contact information so that in the event contact tracing must be conducted, the district will have an accurate log of participants.
Players who choose not to attend team workouts should have an individual improvement plan (prepared by a coach, if requested) to give them their best chance of success.
Coaches will immediately inform the administration of any illness reports on the team.