NZ workouts commence, then stop

Posted 6/16/20

North Zulch student-athletes were allowed to return to campus last week to commence offseason workouts with a number of state stipulations for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all school activities in March. Operations were once again put on hold this week when a staff member in the district reportedly had contact with an individual who had recently tested positive for the virus.

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NZ workouts commence, then stop

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North Zulch student-athletes were allowed to return to campus last week to commence offseason workouts with a number of state stipulations for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all school activities in March. Operations were once again put on hold this week when a staff member in the district reportedly had contact with an individual who had recently tested positive for the virus.

“I was very pleased with our kids’ first week,” said North Zulch Athletic Director Clay Todd, who took over the position from Matt Kirschner in the spring. “The first week for us was about introducing the athletes to what our summer strength and conditioning program would look like.”

According to Todd, the district workouts averaged about 15-20 boys per day and 20-25 girls per day.

“They did a really good job doing everything we asked of them,” said Todd. “Like every successful program, though, it is about doing it consistently over time. That is what we will be attempting to do when we have a chance to start it back up and continue that process.”

Workouts were scheduled into two different groups with two or three coaches with each to satisfy’s the UIL’s requirement of a specific amount of coaches per athlete. Warmups and conditioning occurred outdoors to give the athletes plenty of room to maneuver. Strength workouts were also held in the weight room.

Sport-specific training was also held for basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball. Only one group was allowed in the main gymnasium at a time.

“For us coaches, it was a situation we have been preparing for along with getting ourselves used to the idea of planning our workouts around the different guidelines,” said Todd. “Our main focus is keeping the kids in a safe environment using this time. Some of the things that we really had to prepare ourselves for as we moved through workouts was keeping our equipment properly sanitized and keeping proper distance during workouts.”

Todd took over the position of athletic director and men’s head basketball coach in the spring and has been dealing with the COVID-19 situation since.

“It has been an ongoing situation since March that we have been making strides to get ourselves used to,” said Todd. “My focus has been following the UIL’s guidelines and then taking plenty of time to prepare in advance. I think that even though it’s been different in many situations, as a coach, the preparation habit stays the same and if we take the time to prepare we’ll be able to find our way with these new guidelines and get the most out of our workouts.”

The district was once again closed down to all visitors last week following the news of a staff member having contact with an inflicted individual.

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