Muscogee County Kicks Off Summer Conditioning
COVID-19 SAFETY CONCERNS PUSHED BACK MUSCOGEE'S START DATE FROM JUNE 8 TO JULY 6
Muscogee County kicked off football summer conditioning Monday, July 6 after holding out due to COVID-19 safety concerns. There are still many questions entering the fall 2020 season, including whether football will be played and if fans will be in the stands. If allowed, fans might have to sit 6 feet apart, wear masks and miss games due to limited seating.
“We are 100 percent hoping that there are fans in the stands,”said Muscogee County Director of Athletics Jeff Battles. “We want parents to be able to watch their kids and come out and support.”
This week, according to the latest COVID-19 GHSA guidelines, teams can workout in groups of 50, throw around a football and have inter squad competitions. Battles made a few adjustments for the counties week one conditioning schedule.
“Most of our teams have gone to the smaller groups and had more sessions throughout the day. One of the things were also not doing this week is having any competition from a football standpoint, so there’s no 7-on-7’s. There’s no 1-on-1’s this week.”
In order for football to have a season, cleaning supplies will be a costly priority.
“We’ve bought them disinfectants, wipes, thermometers. Things of that nature. They need to disinfect after every workout and after every session. It adds up after a while.”
In the entire state of Georgia, masks are voluntary for athletes, locker rooms are currently off limits and social distancing is mandatory. Athletes continue to get their temperature checked at the entrance and asked health related questions.
“Do the things you’re supposed to do. Wash your hands. Wear your mask when you can. I think we’ll be able to make a huge leap in the right direction of having sports this fall.”