Summer training takes off

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Monday marks return of FISD athletics under strict guidelines

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  • Fredericksburg High School coach Dusty Gibbs walks through warm-up stretches with a group of Fredericksburg Middle School students during Fredericksburg Independent School District’s strength and conditioning camp Monday. The camp, which runs until July 30, started Monday with social distancing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney
    Fredericksburg High School coach Dusty Gibbs walks through warm-up stretches with a group of Fredericksburg Middle School students during Fredericksburg Independent School District’s strength and conditioning camp Monday. The camp, which runs until July 30, started Monday with social distancing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney
  • Incoming seventh grader David King works on plyometrics in a sand pit during strength and conditioning camp Monday. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney
    Incoming seventh grader David King works on plyometrics in a sand pit during strength and conditioning camp Monday. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney
  • Jayecee Treibs stretches her legs during Monday’s warm-up at strength and conditioning camp.
    Jayecee Treibs stretches her legs during Monday’s warm-up at strength and conditioning camp.
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A slow march back to normalcy started with opening day of Fredericksburg Independent School District’s strength and conditioning camp.

Monday’s session, the first of the summer camp extending to July 30, welcomed about 240 registered students entering grades 7-12 in FISD.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the whole process,” FISD athletic director Lance Moffett said. “I think it was a huge success all the way around. I think we had exceptional numbers, exceptional coaching. I think our coaches did an excellent job managing the guidelines, and I think some of the guidelines are pretty steep.”

Moffett and FISD staff laid out a number of guidelines coinciding with state mandates and other social distancing practices, including the following principles:

• Limiting personal interaction, such as face-to-face interaction and person-to-person contact;

• Hygiene, like hand washing and sanitizing;

• Routine cleaning and sanitation;

• Safe access to facilities;

• Maintaining a 1:15 or 1:20 staff-to-student ratio at all times;

• Self-screening procedures for student athletes and staff.

To keep capacity within social distancing compliance, sessions were split into three parts.

First came the high school boys’ in the morning, with middle school boys’ and girls’ combined in a following session.

High school girls had their workout in the evening.

Moffett’s plan is to rely on body-weight exercises the first two weeks and open up the weight room starting June 22.

Online pre-registration also allows coaches to control numbers since FISD’s strength and conditioning camp can’t operate with more than 80 students at a time.

“We used to register 50 percent of the kids the first day of camp,” Moffett said. “We changed our narrative in regard to how we do it.”

Coaches are staying cautious when it comes to athletes overheating in the early weeks of camp.

The UIL’s guidelines don’t allow school faculty to provide shared water sources for the kids.

Factoring in temperatures near 100 degrees makes not being able to hydrate the athletes a forefront concern.

“The fact that we can’t give them water, the fact that they have to bring their own water and being able to manage that (is a worry),” Moffett said. “If the kid brings too small of a bottle of water, what do we do?”

The two weeks of body-weight work are one adjustment to the water rules.

“That’s part of the reason we’re doing two weeks of body-weight-only work outside, so we can assess where they are before we jump back into the weight room full on,” Moffett said.