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Summer Strength and Conditioning Begins With Safety in Mind

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) allowed summer strength and conditioning to begin this week with the proper health protocols in place.

Schools across Texas are not required to participate, but those that do must adhere to the safety precautions put in place.

“We’re requiring kids to social distance, which is one of the rules that the UIL put out,” said Philip O’Neal, MISD athletics director. “We’re checking temperature. Students have to answer questions regarding their health each and every day.”

The steps being taken are very thorough, including the cleaning of facilities before each workout, no sharing of items and frequent hand-washing breaks.

Summit High School coach Channon Hall said it was an adjustment for his student-athletes.

“The students have been away from each other so long, so of course, they want to gravitate toward each other,” the head football coach explained. “They want to shake hands and cut up and all that good stuff.”

One thing Hall said he is reiterating to his team is to understand the process.

“If you want to play football, if you want to play you’re sport, we’re going to have to get this right,” he said. “Our kids are resilient. They really understand what we’re trying to do and the importance of social distancing, so at this point, they’re going, ‘Whatever we need to do to get back on the field or on the court or wherever, we’ll do it.’”

O’Neal said that the safety protocols being done now may be a precursor for athletics opening back up in the fall. It’s something he is enthusiastic about because he knows the importance of students being involved in school.

“Extracurriculars are so important, whether its athletics, fine arts or anything else,” said O’Neal. “That’s an important component of kids growing up and having the opportunity to learn those values that they learn from being a part of that.”

UIL said it will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC and other federal guidance to determine any potential modifications to summer activities. View the latest information about requirements here.