Attempting to reinvent the wheel

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Ivan Perez, left, perfects his moves with Jackson Ray during the first week of summer workouts for Cassville’s soccer teams. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville athletes adjust to new workout regimen

It is not quite the honor system, but it is a close cousin when it comes to how some of the Cassville coaching staff has approached summer workouts for their teams.

Jake Forste, Cassville boys and girls soccer coach, is no different than any other coach in Missouri being forced to go back to the drawing board in terms of how to prepare his teams for offseason conditioning and get them prepared for the upcoming falls season.

Jasmine Brown makes a pass while Audrey Goutney looks on during summer soccer workouts at Cassville. Kyle Troutman/

“During the lockdown, I sent out daily workout programs from both the boys and girls teams,” Forste said. “The programs focused on developing strength, endurance and agility. We had a couple of ZOOM meetings, but the athletes were on the honor system in following the program.”

Last week, Cassville schools reopened for summer weight conditioning but added several precautions to ensure that social distancing requirements were met and the the safety of those in attendance was given the upmost attention.

“Originally, we used to have all the soccer teams lift together,” Forste said. “Due to social distancing requirements my boys are split over four different weight classes.”

The boys weight training is largely overseen by the football coaching staff, and Forste runs the girls weight training program.

“I told our players that every team in the state is going through the same thing we are right now,” Forste said. “We stress mental toughness and focus, and this is the perfect time to develop and work on both of those items.”

As for a summer league and team camp, all eyes right now are on Monday, when Gov. Mike Parson is expected to announce the direction Missouri is headed in the coronavirus lockdown.

“We are in a wait-and-see mode right now,” Forste said. “If we move into Phase 2 and open up, I think we’ll be able to keep our summer plans alive. If not, well it is hard to say what will happen.”

Currently the Wildcats soccer team is committed to a six-team 11-on-11 league in Carl Junction. Cassville also plans to host a 7-on-7 league if the state and school district allow.

“I think when we do get back to a normal practice routine, the teams that can put the past behind them are the ones that will rise to the top,” Forste said. “That’s why it is important for our kids to put the work in now and on their own time. We have to make our minutes together count.”

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