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Fall sport athletes at Leon County Schools to return to workouts on Monday

Posted at 6:57 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 18:57:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — High school football teams in the state of Florida got the go ahead from the Florida High School Athletic Association to start working out on June 1. However, that only applies if your specific school district gave you the go ahead.

In Leon County, schools get back to work on Monday. Workout groups will be limited to 20 people and equipment will be sanitized between each group that comes in to weight rooms.

Athletes temperatures will be checked each day and they'll be asked screening questions before they're allowed to workout.

Godby head coach Brandon McCray said they plan on having a Zoom call with the team Saturday to fill them in on the guidelines and, although things may be a little different, he's excited to see his team for the first time in months.

"Just for the mental aspect of it," said McCray. "A lot of our kids, they get so much out of being on campus, and being around our coaching staff, and being around each other. It's exciting to get those kids working towards their goals. We know how much these kids care for each other. They're going to be excited to get back around each other, but we're going to have to constantly have to talk to them about staying safe, and make sure we're limiting touching and all of that kind of stuff."

For Leon County public schools, only fall sport athletes are able to return to workouts on Monday.

Leon County director of student activities, Ricky Bell, said with the current guidelines, they wanted to limit the amount of people on campus.

He said if the state moves into Phase Three, they'll work to get more sports back working out.

Currently, they're working on what fall will look like, how many people will be at games, and whether they wear masks. All things they hope to figure out by the end of the month.

"We're anticipating starting school August the tenth," said Bell. "That's what the superintendent wants. I think that's what the Governor wants. If we do, I think we can start our sports seasons. We're not really concerned about the individual sports because you're separated. It's the team sports. Volleyball. Football. Cross Country you can separate. Swimming you can separate. Golf you can separate and keep distance. The team sports are a little more challenging."

Bell said middle school athletics typically don't workout in the summer, but participate in camps. Athletic camps are not allowed at Leon County schools right now.