AISA Schools can begin summer workouts Monday

Published 10:44 am Thursday, May 28, 2020

AISA schools can start having summer workouts on Monday.

The AISA released guidelines with the recommendation of small groups and it strongly recommend schools not make workouts manadatory.

“We are excited for the student-athletes and coaches who have been waiting for this moment for 2.5 months,” AISA executive director Michael McLendon said.

Coaches at Morgan Academy and Meadowview Christian School all welcome the opportunity for student-athletes to workout.

“I am excited to get started back,  I can not wait to be back with the kids to see how they have grown and advanced over the past few months,” Senators baseball coach Stephen Clements. “It is hard being away from them when that’s all you are use to doing.”

MCS headmaster, football and basketball coach Bob Taylor said the Trojans Athletics have a simple formula to follow.

“It is a good thing,” Taylor said. “We just have to follow protocol. We are going to start outside and in a couple of weeks get in the weight room.”

Morgan Academy softball and volleyball coach Taylor Thomas said she’s looking forward to working with the players for the first time since being hired as coach.

Here are some of the other guidelines set by the AISA:

– Screen everyone for COVID symptoms.

– Screen everyone for a possible fever.

– Sanitize often touched surfaces as least every two hours.

-Improve ventilation in facilities.

-Consider limiting workout length.

-Implement social distancing and modified schedule for students.

-Maintain six feet of distance between equipment.

-Close water fountains, common areas and locker rooms where people may congregate.

-Limit accessibility to essential staff and students only.

“There will be some anxiety for all as they ease back into conditioning and navigate all of the safety precautions but we know they are excited to begin preparations for 2020-21 athletics,” McClendon said.

McClendon said the AISA hasn’t ruled out the possibility of summer competitions/play dates and will revisit the possibility on June 14.