In a time of a pandemic, where every activity outside currently has rules and regulations, coaches and athletic trainers will get a chance to shine.
The UIL allowed the return of summer workout programs last month with Monday being the starting point.
For many coaches, it was a long day coming with three months lost to quarantine.
“I’m excited about it,” said Foster head coach Shaun McDowell. “We’re talking about it and we’re getting a chance to be around our kids again.
“We get a chance to return to some sense of normalcy or at least attack what is the new normal.”
For other coaches, it will be the first major in-person interaction with their student-athletes.
Lamar Consolidated head coach Kiah Johnson was named the Mustangs head coach in the middle of April during the first month of quarantine.
Coaches will follow guidelines laid out by the UIL with the main structure includes a maximum of two hours per day for strength and conditioning with sport-specific instruction 90 minutes per day with only 60 minutes per day per sport.
The sports-specific instruction limits have been increased from two hours per week for non-contact activities. The UIL allowed sports-specific instruction was for the first time last summer.
LCISD added an additional layer of rules with coaches speaking to their students between the procedures for the workouts.
“LCISD athletics is committed to the safety and well-being of our student-athletes and coaches,” LCISD athletic director Nikki Nelson said.
Student-athletes were also required to have a physical and RankOne forms completed online and are also required to bring their own individual water in their own container each day.
LCISD will have designated entry points at each of its five high school campuses.
The sports-specific training will not include competitive drills with an offense and defense going against one another, thus no 7-on-7 football will be allowed.
Outdoor workouts are to have groups no larger than 15. Groups will be no larger than 10 during indoor workouts and indoor workout activities can be conducted up to a maximum of 25% capacity of facilities.
Additionally, contact equipment is not allowed.
The UIL is recommending that schools pre-screening all students for COVID-19 symptoms before coming on campus. The review will include symptoms of cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature at least 100 degrees and/or known contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
The pre-screening can be completed by phone before the first day of workouts, in person or writing. Students and staff must self-screen every day for COVID-19 symptoms for themselves and their family members. Schools should consider taking the temperature of each student each day at the start of the conditioning sessions, if possible.
Students will be expected to arrive on campus in proper workout attire and shower immediately after returning home. Students will not have access to locker rooms or showers.
Attendance at all workout will be strictly voluntary, though coaches will be allowed to track attendance.