After shutting down strength and conditioning camps on June 16 due to a coach testing positive for COVID-19, Sealy ISD once again canceled in-person workouts from July 3 to 12 after the University Interscholastic League suggested its member schools do so with cases rising again.
Only July 1, Sealy athletics announced it was following the UIL’s suggestion to close summer workouts ahead of the Independence Day holiday to hopefully mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Sealy head football coach and athletic director Shane Mobley said in a July 6 phone interview that female athletes were only planning of having two days of workouts this week anyway with the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s summer clinic that ultimately had its annual in-person sessions transitioned to online-only.
The Texas High School Coaches Association also announced on July 6 that its annual in-person convention and coaching schools moved to an all-online format and the UIL’s previously “dead days” of no summer activity on July 20 and 21 for the coaching school were rescinded.
Mobley said the plan will be to pick back up where the athletes should be on July 13, and only morning sessions will be held with the male high school athletes at the football stadium from 7 to 9:45 a.m. and the female high school athletes at the high school from 7 to 9 a.m.
“We spent the first couple of weeks just getting them back out of the house, doing more injury-prevention type working out,” Mobley said. “But we've got about 20, 25 kids that have shown up regularly, so we've got to get back to the more weight control and conditioning aspect of things. We're going to get back into the normal summertime workout routine when we come back on Monday.”
He also said that although junior high athletes were supposed to resume after the July 4 holiday weekend, there is still time to decide when those athletes return to in-person sessions.
“The game plan right now to bring them up (July 13 but) if we want to hold off another week, we can because they won't go through two-a-days,” Mobley said. “We've got a bit more time for them until school starts and we can start some of them later on if we need to.”
Workouts have reverted to being hosted on Google classroom, but Mobley feels as though the Sealy athletes will be able to react to the change positively.
“They're very resilient; they're going to adapt and overcome,” Mobley said. “Really and truly it's coming from an authority, from higher above so our hands are tied, their hands are tied. … Again, this is not mandatory. A lot more of these questions are answered by our government and the CDC so it's just going to take a little bit of time.”