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BSGSA Coach recently tests positive for COVID-19.


On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Big Spring Girls Softball Association announced that one of their coaches had tested positive for COVID-19 and that the team had been notified. 

 

The organization also immediately reached out to City of Big Spring staff, Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson, and the Texas Health Department to inquire how to proceed with the season. It was determined that the common areas of the softball complex would be disinfected nightly and BSGSA would provide hand sanitizer. 

 

“We want to provide a good, clean, safe environment for not only the players, but for any of the spectators that are out,” said Johnny DeLeon, BSGSA President and City of Big Spring Parks and Recreation Committee Member.

 

According to DeLeon, all agencies contacted advised that the organization was cleared to continue with the season.

 

Recently, DeLeon addressed concerns in an open letter to citizens, players, parents, and coaches of Big Spring. In it, he reminded that BSGSA is a recreational league and they do not actively recruit players. He noted that parents register and pay for their children to play, and injuries and illnesses are always a possibility.

 

DeLeon also explained why refunds were denied, stating that recreational sports leagues are non-profit organizations and the money charged is just enough for the league to get started. He advised that when the COVID-19 precautions took effect, uniforms, insurance, equipment, and various other fees had already been paid, and a refund would have been minimal. 

 

Ultimately, he emphasized that board members, coaches, and other league personnel are all volunteers who donate their time, attention, and love to their players. 

 

“We are a quality of life program,” said DeLeon of the league. “We want these girls to go out and have a good time, to learn sportsmanship, to learn teamwork, to develop a skill that they may not otherwise know they had. Some of these girls will never play any other sport, some of these girls will go on to play multiple sports, but we want to instill that confidence in them that they are eligible to go out and do things, and that’s the only reason we continue to do what we do.”

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MLB announces 2020 regular season


Players to Report for Training by July 1st Ahead of Baseball’s July 23rd-24th Openers; MLB Plans to Schedule 60-Game Regular Season.


 

Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced today that Major League Baseball anticipates beginning its 2020 regular season approximately one month from today, on July 23rd or July 24th.

 

The announcement follows confirmation today that the MLB Players Association has accepted the health and safety protocols that will guide MLB’s return to play and that players will be able to report for training by July 1st. The health and safety of players and employees will remain MLB’s foremost priorities in its return to play. MLB is working with a variety of public health experts, infectious disease specialists and technology providers on a comprehensive approach that aims to facilitate a safe return.

 

MLB has submitted a 60-game regular season schedule for review by the Players Association. The proposed schedule will largely feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each Club’s games against their opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (i.e., East vs. East, Central vs. Central and West vs. West), in order to mitigate travel. The vast majority of Major League Clubs are expected to conduct training at the ballparks in their primary home cities.

 

Commissioner Manfred said: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon. We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon.”

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BSISD announces Audrey Dunn as new Head Girls' Coach in Track & Field


On Tuesday afternoon, Big Spring ISD named top Lady Steer Assistant Coach Audrey Dunn as the new Head Girls' Coach in Track & Field.

 

Coach Audrey Dunn was recognized in 2019 as the Texas Girls' Coaches Association classes 1A-4A's Track & Field's Assistant Coach of the Year. She has also served the Lady Steers' basketball program as an outstanding varsity assistant. 

 

According to BSISD Athletic Director Mike Ritchey, Coach Dunn has played a major role in developing Lady Steer athletes from Junior High through High School. The Lady Steer track program is respected and tradition rich, and Coach Dunn has been critical in the many track successes the program has celebrated during her tenure as an assistant coach. 

 

He went on to state that BSISD is confident that Coach Dunn will continue to build on what is already one of the top track and field programs in the State of Texas.

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Summer Workouts on hold for CISD and FISD


Coahoma ISD announced yesterday, 06/22/2020, that they are suspending summer workouts for the next two weeks as a precautionary measure because of the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases.

 

Athletic student physicals set for today, 06/23/2020, at the CISD campus have been canceled.  West Texas Injury Prevention will conduct those physicals at its office, 1111 Scurry, for the same price without an appointment tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Coahoma ISD athletics will still be able to continue summer conditioning through the CISD virtual classroom.

 

CISD officials will continue to monitor the on-going situation with the goal of opening back up in July. 

 

“It kills us to do this with the work our kids are putting in, but I feel it is the best decision right now,” Joslin said. “This is only a precaution taken because of the rapid increase of Covid-19 cases across the state, area and country over the last week. We do not have any cases at our workouts and have been cleaning our facilities thoroughly following the rules set forth.”

 

Forsan ISD also announced that they would be postponing their strength and conditioning workouts due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in the area. After more information is gathered, they will reevaluation the situation this week. 

 

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Local school districts welcome back students for summer workouts.


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.

 

 

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Stanton ISD suspends strength and conditioning camps due to staff member testing positive for COVID-19.


Stanton ISD has announced that its strength and conditioning camps have been suspended after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

 

According to a release, school district officials learned about the positive test on Wednesday night.

 

The camps have been suspended Thursday, June 18, and Friday, June 19 as the school district works to determine the extent of the staff member’s contact with other staff and students.

 

The district stated that they will be in close communication with their local health officials to ensure the health and safety of all their students, families, and staff.

 

All buildings and equipment are being deeply sanitized before reopening.

 

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Texas high school sports and marching band practices are allowed to return on June 8, 2020.


The UIL announced last month that high school sports and marching band practices are allowed to return on June 8, along with safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

These guidelines include one coach to every 20 players, only 25% capacity inside gyms, all equipment must be disinfected after each use, no shared water bottles or food, and all practices must be optional.

 

Additionally, Big Spring High School athletes will be screened each day for health and encouraged to take their temperature daily. They’ll also have staggered start times and beginning stations will be spread out to ensure social distancing.

 

Read more at:

COVID-19 Strength & Conditioning and Sport Specific Instruction - 

https://www.uiltexas.org/athletics/covid-19-strength-conditioning-2020

 

Summer Marching Band Practices and Rehearsals - 

https://www.uiltexas.org/music/marching-band/marching-band-summer-practices-rehearsals-2020

 

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