Yuma High School student-athletes got back into the weight room this week.
Wednesday morning was the first day for the workouts, after YHS’s plan was approved by the Yuma County Task Force last Friday.
“It’s just going to be nice to get them moving again,” YHS athletic director Michael Dischner said, “get them in a school setting and maybe be a little more normal again.”
YHS is going with three different sessions, Monday through Thursday, at 6, 7 and 8 a.m.
Dischner sent out a request via social media platforms Monday asking students to contact him if they wanted to participate in the workouts, and which time they preferred. He said 47 had signed up as of Tuesday afternoon.
There will be two days of weight-room work for each group, and two days of agility drills and speed work.
The 6 a.m. slot was the most popular, so there are going to be two groups. One started outside at the football field/track, while the other was in the weight room.
There is one group in both the 7 and 8 a.m. slots.
The maximum for any group will be 20, including two coaches per group.
There are certain protocols that have to be taken. Everyone will have their temperature taken and answer health questions when they arrive. Everyone will use hand sanitizer as they enter the weight room or football field/track, and the equipment will have to be wiped down after each exercise. Also, everyone will have to leave as soon as their session is over so the sessions are not overlapping.
Organized team activities still are not allowed. However, Dischner said there is speculation Governor Jared Polis might allow for the reopening of such activities in the near future.
By Ryan Casey, CHSAANow.com
In a tweet Saturday morning, CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green announced that the staff “will begin constructing safety and implementation guidelines to resume ALL athletics and activities, including football, beginning this fall.”
Since the cancellation of spring sports, the CHSAA staff has been laser-focused on preparing to resume all sports and activities in the 2020-21 school year.
The recent relaxation within state and health guidelines has allowed the CHSAA staff to plan more definitively for the 2020-21 school year.