Getting back to normalcy

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Jhandi Shears lifts weights during a morning session for the Cassville girls soccer team. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville opens up for summer conditioning

On Monday, Cassville athletes returned to the high school to begin summer weight training in preparation for the 2020-2021 season.

The district made a few changes to ensure they followed proper social distancing guidelines and to create a safe environment.

“We’re glad to have students back at school,” said Doug Martin, Cassville athletic director. “We are following all county recommendations for reopening and making the environment as safe as possible for our athletes and students.”

The district is limiting the size of weightlifting classes utilizing its two weight rooms and a new scheduling format.

“Used to we would allow all the kids to come at 7 a.m. and get started,” Martin said. “We are only allowing 12 kids in each weight room at a time, and have all our athletes on a rotation process coming in about every hour. After every session, we are sanitizing and wiping down all of our equipment.”

The district is using a special quick-drying sanitizing agent that is diluted in water and sprayed onto contacted surfaces.

While they are keeping a tightly regulated schedule in the weight rooms, outside athletes will run at a recommended sprinting distance of 32 feet apart during conditioning drills.

“Kids are to bring their own towels from home and their own water bottles,” Martin said. “There will be no sharing.”

Cassville was also slated to host a summer basketball league. The start of the league has been pushed back to June 15.

“Right now, the plan is for it to start on June 15,” Martin said. “If the lockdown continues, we may need to push that date back. The look of the league will be different. Only coaches, officials and players will be allowed in the gym. No parents or fans.”

Martin stressed that every precaution is being taken to create a sanitary and safe environment for its athletes.

“We have had multiple conversations with county health officials and allowed them to guide our approach to reopening,” Martin said. “Safety is alway first and foremost on our minds. We are excited to get back into action.”

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