“We’ve been in constant contact with UIL, and health officials to develop a plan to allow our kids back on campus and resume physical activity in a safe manner” said Athletic Director Illian Martinez.
The Natalia ISD Summer Strength and conditioning is set to begin June 8, 2020 with social distancing measures in place that safely allows student athletes to get back to work in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year.
Coach Martinez and his staff have put together a plan that they feel puts safety first for all athletes. They plan to work athletes in groups of no more than 10, with one coach per group to supervise and ensure social distancing is strictly enforced. All students will stay in the same group to limit contact and strict sanitizing practices will be in place. Athletes and staff will go through a COVID pre-screening inquiry along with daily temperature checks. Students must bring their own water bottles and they will not be allowed to use any school water fountains. Sharing of food and water will not be permitted. Transition routines will be practiced, to prohibit students to congregate and/or mix together between training segments, as well as before or after practice around the practice areas and in the parking areas.
Students and staff will be asked to stay home if they experience a long list of COVID symptoms. They are also encouraged to call 830-663-6800 or 210-279-2438 to let the coaches know if they will be missing due to symptoms, illness, vacation or other reasons.
“These are challenging times and we will adjust as new challenges arise. We couldn’t be more excited about seeing each of our student athletes as we continue to build the Championship Culture here at Natalia ISD,” said Martinez.
The Summer Strength & Conditioning Program will begin June 8th and continue for 8 weeks through July 31st.
High school Football practice will begin on Monday August 3rd. They will have morning practice during the first week Monday-Saturday. The first scrimmage will be on Friday August 14 against Brackettville.
High School Volleyball Practice will begin on Monday, August 3rd. The first scrimmage will be Friday, August 7th, at Three Rivers.
High School Cross Country practice will begin on Monday August 3rd.
Junior High Football, Volleyball and Cross Country practice will begin on the first day of school August 24th as required by UIL rules.
A letter will be sent out to all parents and athletes with details of the summer plans and they are encouraged to call the athletic department or go online at www.nataliasports.net for more details.