Central Texas schools begin summer workouts
Fields and facilities in Central Texas have been empty since mid-march, but Monday athletes returned for day one of optional summer workouts.
"Today is just getting everybody back in shape, back on pace for what we're gonna do in the fall," said Connally senior Kavian Gaither.
The UIL gave the green light to schools as long as certain guidelines are followed, like pre-screening the athletes for COVID-19 symptoms and splitting teams into smaller groups.
"It's hard, you know the kids are wanting to be around each other. Athletics is always about being close together, but you know we've got coaches in there spreading them out, keeping them six feet apart and trying to do everything we can," said Midway head football coach Jeff Hulme.
Schools aren't allowed to provide water to the students, and for now, locker rooms remained closed.
"It was a lot of planning. Now we have to go out and follow the guidelines, and I think everything is gonna be okay," said Connally head football coach Shane Anderson.
The UIL is allowing a maximum of two hours per day, Monday through Friday for conditioning. Extra time is allowed for sport-specific instruction.
Schools will follow the current guidelines until told otherwise, by the fall they hope restrictions loosen to allow for full practices.