High school sports in Texas, including football, is, at the moment, on its way back.
“We’ve got to get these kids’ bodies right and conditioned before we put helmets and shoulder pads on,” said Southlake Carroll high school football coach Riley Dodge.
And that conditioning for high school athletes will begin June 8, according to a memo sent to coaches and athletic directors around the state by UIL Director of Athletics, Dr. Susan Elza.
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The note said high schools in Texas will be allowed to begin strength and conditioning programs June 8, with more regulation details expected to be released later this week.
“It’s about family,” said DeSoto high school football coach Claude Mathis. “We’re missing that family atmosphere right now and I can’t wait to see my guys. But, at the same time, I think they’re going to be more fired up to be on the field again and just be around football, be in the weight room again, and just be able to talk about football again.”
Preparing to talk about and condition together for high school sports seasons that are still very much up in the air, and with other potential challenges looming this summer.
“We’ve got to watch our kids very closely, bring them back slowly, and most importantly, make sure they’re safe and taken care of,” Mathis said. “That’s going to be our number one priority right now.”
Keeping safety a top priority, and believing the UIL’s announcement of a minimal return to action June is on the track to getting high school sports in Texas on its way back in the fall.
“We’ll take whatever we can get right now,” Dodge said. “It’s been very stagnant with waiting and waiting and waiting on when is something going to pop. This was great news. I think we’re headed in the right direction and we’ll get more information in the next week or so. But I think it’s trending in the right direction for sure.”