“We have a lot of kids who need coaches and a lot of coaches ready to pour into our kids, so it’s very frustrating with all the waiting,” Spence said. “June 15 can’t get here quick enough.”
Some rules in GHSA's initial guidelines for high school sports to resume
The GHSA last month lifted its ban on sports activities and announced that teams could start voluntary conditioning June 8. The GHSA in March shut down sports over COVID-19 concerns.
Metro school districts waiting until June 15 to start conditioning are Atlanta Public Schools and the county systems of Clayton, Cobb, Douglas, Fulton, Henry and Paulding counties.
Cobb made its decision Friday.
“We are optimistic, but we also need to be very careful as we allow athletes to train over the summer months,” Cobb Schools athletic director Don Baker said. “We can’t allow our zeal to return to normal to endanger anyone’s health and safety.”
Buford City Schools is beginning Tuesday. Cherokee County schools will begin Wednesday.
DeKalb Schools officials have indicated they’re aiming for June 15. Decatur City Schools has not announced a return date.
Local school systems starting Monday are Bartow, Cartersville (city), Coweta, Fayette, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall and Marietta (city).
In Gwinnett, Parkview football coach Eric Godfree said he will have workout groups starting at 7 a.m. Monday and finishing at 9 p.m. To reduce the risk of COVID-19, the GHSA is allowing only 20 people on campus at a time for workouts.
“’We have a bunch of protocols, but we are glad to start doing something,” Godfree said.
The number of schools delaying summer conditioning statewide hasn’t been counted, but the larger cities are proceeding cautiously.
Macon schools will start conditioning Monday, but Columbus and Savannah schools won’t start on time. Albany schools haven’t announced a date and don’t expect to begin Monday.
In a typical summer, any high school sports team is allowed to have regular practices, even scrimmages, as long as they are voluntary.
This year, at least initially, summer workouts are restricted to conditioning, which mostly entails strength and agility training, and they come with restrictions that address social-distancing, group size and sterilization.