In a hopeful sign for the 2020-21 school year and high school sports, Fort Stockton High School will open its annual Summer Strength and Conditioning program on Monday, June 8.
“The UIL came out and designated June 8 to resume summer strength prgrams,” said FSHS Athletic Director Mike Peters. “It will be nothing near what it looks like normally.”
Among the restrictions in place are:
• athletes will be screened daily.
• athletes must bring their own workout gear.
• no use of lockerrooms.
• athletes must bring a mask to use while in the weight room.
• athletes encouraged to bring their own water.
• all social-distancing guidelines set by UIL will be enforced.
The costs is $20, payable when the student registers at check-in.
Two sessions will be held this summer, with the first running from Monday, June 8 to Thursday, July 2. The second will be start Monday, July 6.
For the first session, which is for incomings students in grades 9 through 12, the girls will workout from 7 to 9 a.m., while the boys will workout from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The second session will include middle school students.
The school is also hoping to have its annual sports camps start in July.
Peters said that the UIL is allowing sport-specific drills with more time with coaches working directly with students.
He said the boys will have football and basketball drills, while the girls will have volleyball, basketball and softball drills.
Peters said getting back with the students will be great, but that managing restrictions will be critical.
“It's two parts,” he said. “One, it's awesome because its been almost 90 days since we had the kids. Improving is all about coaches having exposure to kids so that they can continue to get better.
“The other is making sure we are following all regulations. We want to be as safe as possible so that we will be able to have a season.”
Peters said he is hopeful for a fall sports season, but doesn't know what that will look like as the UIL and state continue to develop plans and guidelines.