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Summer Strength and Conditioning and Sport-Specific Skill Instruction 

The DeSoto ISD Athletic Department has developed a plan to offer district student-athletes the opportunity to participate in voluntary strength and conditioning programs and sport-specific skill instruction during the summer of 2020.  The plan complies with the applicable orders and regulations from state and local health and governmental authorities and the guidance from the University Interscholastic League (UIL).  

Click on the link below to view the UIL/TEA guidelines for Strength and Conditioning and Sport-Specific Skill Instruction: https://www.uiltexas.org/files/athletics/Summer_2020_SC-Sport_Specific_Document_FINAL_(10).docx


DeSoto Athletics will follow the recommendation from the UIL and not conduct Summer Strength and Conditioning Camps the week of July 6- 12.  Camps are scheduled to resume Monday,  July 13th.

 

The DeSoto ISD Athletic Programs affected by this decision are: Football, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Cheer Squad. Read more here. 

Information for Parents

DeSoto ISD is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all student-athletes and coaches. We recognize that the COVID-19 health pandemic has created a need for adjustment to our daily lives.  DeSoto ISD wants you to feel confident and comfortable during these uncertain times should you elect to allow your student to attend a voluntary, optional Strength and Conditioning session. 

Each head coach, along with their assistants, has developed a plan and will set the schedule for all strength and conditioning sessions and sport-specific skill instruction sessions on campus.  All schedules will comply with UIL rules and approved by DeSoto ISD Athletics. 

On the first day of strength and conditioning, the coaches will explain all rules and expectations and student-athletes will complete an educational walkthrough of a session demonstration.  Contact activities will not be allowed at this time.

For more information, contact the DeSoto ISD Athletics Department via DeSoto ISD Athletic Director Larry Davis at Lawrence.Davis@DeSotoISD.org or email your child’s coach directly.

Social Distancing During Workout Sessions

During workout activities, student-athletes and staff must maintain at least ten feet distance when actively exercising. Staff may have a brief period of closer contact with a student if a shorter distance is required for safe participation.  When not working out, students and staff must maintain at least six feet distance.

Staff to Student Ratios:

For sport-specific activities conducted outdoors, students may be placed in working groups of no more than 15 total students with one staff member.  For sport-specific activities conducted indoors, students may be placed in working groups no larger than 10 total students with one staff member.  For strength and conditioning activities, there must be one coach for every 20 students. 

Student-athletes will remain in the same workout group throughout the strength and conditioning program and sport-specific skill instruction to the extent possible.  If a participant develops symptoms of COVID-19, all participants in the workout group will be removed until the participant has been cleared to return.

Sanitation:

Student-athletes must report to strength and conditioning in their own workout clothing.  Locker rooms and shower facilities will not be available to students or staff before or after workouts.  

Restroom facilities will be available.  

Student-athletes may but are not required to wear masks during active exercise.  Student-athletes are strongly encouraged to wear masks when not actively exercising.   

Staff will wear masks inside (unless actively exercising or instructing). 

Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the workout facility. 

All participants will be encouraged to wash/sanitize hands throughout the session.

Athletic facilities and equipment will be disinfected before, during, and after work out sessions.  Disinfectant spray and/or wipes will be available.

Only one person will be on a rack at a time. The student-athlete will disinfect the equipment after each use.  All balls used during a sport-specific skill workout will be sanitized after each session.  

Food and Drink:

Students must bring their own water bottles. Water fountains and communal coolers will not be available. 

Coaches will assist in refilling water bottles to ensure the bottle does not touch a cooler or automatic bottle filler. Food or drink may not be shared.  

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