The Bandera Independent School District has completed its first week of summer strength and conditioning camp at both Bandera Middle School and high school.
It was great seeing some of our student athletes, as well as our coaches, doing what they love to do.
Obviously, the district is in unprecedented times, and unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.
As always, our top priority as an athletic department and school district is the safety and well-being of our students.
The district is following the guidelines set forth by the University Interscholastic League, including only allowing 25 percent of the maximum capacity of the weight room to be used at a time, ensuring that workout stations are 10 feet apart, making sure we have at least one coach to every 20 student athletes, seeing that athletes are at least 10 feet apart when exercising and six feet apart when not exercising, spraying off and cleaning each weight station when a new group enters the weight room and providing lots of hand sanitizer.
When participating in the sports-specific training, we are following the same six and-10-foot spacing guidelines and using hand sanitizer to clean volleyballs, footballs, basketballs and other equipment along with the hands of student athletes.
In order to follow the distancing guidelines, we are not allowed to have an offense and a defense unit participate in the training.
Each day, staff uses use touchless thermometers to take the temperature of every coach and student athlete who is participating in the summer strength and conditioning program.
We also have the students self-scan for COVID-19 symptoms daily as we take attendance.
Any student athlete or coach who is running a fever or who has symptoms will be sent home.
We are also asking that each student athlete bring their own water bottle. The UIL has also given us the directive that student athletes cannot share water.
As a staff, we have gone above and beyond the requirements set forth by the UIL to protect our students and staff to the best of our abilities.
I’d like to take a second to thank Ed Barnes and our entire facilities service crew who have gone above and beyond in terms of serving our student athletes and coaches by providing plenty of cleaning spray, hand sanitizer and even helping us secure thermometers needed so that we can be in compliance with all UIL guidelines.
I’d also like to thank the UIL. It was truly a massive job to create the guidelines for summer strength and conditioning and sport-specific training.
Please know that the guidelines UIL has set forth are fluid and will experience changes.
Based on the numbers we had in Week 1 and the adjustments being made to the guidelines, we changed the start and end times for 9th and 10th grade boys training starting on Monday, June 15.
Boys in those grades will start at 8 a.m. at Bandera High School and will finish at 9:30 a.m.
Please check our athletics website and all social media accounts for updates. BISD’s website can be found at www.banderaisd.net.
The strength and training program is scheduled to run until July 29.
Joel Fontenot-Amedee is the Bandera Independent School District athletic director and head football coach.