Jul 8, 2020
California HS Conditioning Programs Held In Limbo

Workouts have started, then stopped, and then started again for various high school athletic programs in the state of California.

The continual knee-jerk reaction to the rise and fall, and rise again of the COVID-19 virus is something that the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has tried to avoid, according to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Farmington (MN) High School athletics / Creative Commons

Sherman Oaks resumed workouts following the July 4th weekend after shutting down for two weeks while reevaluating its safety measures. One conclusion was to no longer hold indoor meetings, opting for video conferencing.

The story detailed Sherman Oaks Notre Dame strength coach Nick Garcia spraying down handles on weight bars with an electrostatic sprayer after players were through using each piece of equipment.

Garcia’s spray gun, one of two devices Sherman Oaks has, can cost upwards of $1,595, including five gallons of liquid disinfectant, according to the LA Times.

Now, Sherman Oaks is unsure whether they’ll be allowed to continue to hold conditioning workouts this week, depending on information released from county officials.

Orange County schools received notification from the Department of Education on Monday advising to shut down conditioning drills, according to the LA Times. San Bernardino County informed residents that schools are not permitted to hold conditioning workouts, the story read.

» RELATED: NFHS Releases Recommendations for Reopening School Sports

Santa Margarita High School announced Tuesday it was shutting down its camps “in an abundance of caution” in conjunction with the recommendations of the Orange County Department of Education. Servite, JSerra, and Santa Ana Mater Dei high schools followed in announcing they will follow the same guidelines and halt camps until further notice, according to the LA Times.

The CIF’s decision on when a high school sports season will return is expected to be known by July 20.

To read the full story from the Los Angeles Times on California high schools running into obstacles amid its return to sports, click here

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