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McKENZIE (May 26) — The McKenzie High School Rebel football team resumed practice Tuesday with special precautions to help prevent the risk of COVID-19 transmission.According to Principal Kelly …
McKENZIE (May 26) — The McKenzie High School Rebel football team resumed practice Tuesday with special precautions to help prevent the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
According to Principal Kelly Spivey, three groups of approximately ten players and coaches rotate between activities on the two ends of the practice field and in the weight room.
All equipment is cleaned and sanitized between each rotation and when players in a group switch equipment.
In addition to these precautions, incoming freshmen will not join in practices until July 6, after the end of the TSSAA’s summer dead period.
Head Coach Wade Comer told The Banner, “Obviously, this has taken more planning on our part as far as keeping them separated. That’s a little bit different from that standpoint. It makes your groupings and position groupings a little more difficult, but we’re managing it. The kids are doing well with it, and we’re able to work and get some things done. It’s not what we’d like to be able to do at this point in time, but it’s probably better because we want to keep the kids safe from a football standpoint. As much time as we’ve been off, it’s allowing us spend a little more individual time in the weight room, which they definitely need.”
Spivey noted that the basketball and soccer programs have also begun to practice with similar precautions in place.