Earlier this month, UIL schools in Texas were allowed to begin UIL Summer Strength and Conditioning and Sport Specific Instruction.
Cannon McWilliams, Head Football Coach for Big Spring High School, told KBest News that there are restrictions that must be followed in order to have summer workouts. According to McWilliams, athletes are required to stay 10 feet apart from each other when inside, and 6 feet apart when outside. All workout equipment must be wiped down after use, and hand sanitizer is now readily available. In addition to this, the school cannot provide towels nor workout gear, and students are not allowed to use the water fountain.
Even though there are restrictions and guidelines to follow, Coach McWilliams says he and the staff are excited to get to work with the kids again.
Forsan High School Athletic Director Jason Phillips told KBest News that they only have high school athletes working out at this time and junior high students will begin June 29th. Phillips stated that athletes have been focusing on strength and conditioning.
"We're focusing on strength and conditioning just because we had three months there that we were sending workouts at home. You got some kids that do them, some kids that don't do them but it's not the same [intensity] as being here, around coaches and each other," said Coach Phillips.
When asked how kids were reacting to returning to workouts, Coach Phillips said that kids were excited to get back to a sense of normalcy.
According to Coahoma ISD Athletic Director Chris Joslin, Coahoma saw approximately 179 student athletes in the first week of summer workouts. When asked how it feels to be included in summer workouts and to see that just as much focus is given to female sports and spring sports as there is with fall sports, Mackenley Overton, CHS Senior and multi-sport athlete, stated that it makes female students feel like equals.
"It gives a drive and something to look forwards to, rather than just being someone that goes to games. They actually want to see us succeed," said Overton.
Another multi-sport athlete CHS Senior Julia Cox also added that coaches are allowing them to work on sport specific skills.
"They're allowing us to work on things such as volleyball, softball, and basketball. So, being able to have those times of days to be able to work on our sport really makes us feel a lot more included," said Cox. "Football [athletes] I know last year got to come out here a lot and we really didn't get to work on our sports. So, it's really helping everybody and makes us feel super included."
Summer workouts are set to continue this week for CISD and BSISD. Forsan ISD announced today, 06/22/2020, that due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area, they will postpone summer strength and conditioning workouts until more information can be gathered. The situation will be reevaluated later this week.