ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY)–High Schools across the Cape Fear are still trying to figure out when and how they will return to sports. Heide Trask High School in Pender County however, is ahead of the curve with a detailed plan already in place.
The Titans will resume summer workouts on campus on July 6th. Last week, Pender County schools announced the decision with recommendations for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. The student-athletes are excited for a step in the right direction.
“Definitely ready to just see everybody again and get back in the grove,”says Heide Trask student-athlete Courtney Johnson. “Then hopefully getting back on the court at some point.”
Titan coaches, athletes, and their parents met at the school on Monday to discuss what summer workouts will look like with covid-19 still present in the community. The school says there will be no team practices, instead all of the athletes will be separated into groups of 24. Each group will have one coach on the field to control conditioning and go through exercises with the athletes.
“Doing it this way a student knows they’re going to get the same caliber workout as everybody else,”says Heide Trask volleyball coach Cathy Claris. “It may not be with their coach, but it will be what all their teammates are getting. “Together as a Titan family we’ll elevate our level of play to get ready for the fall.”
There will be two daily sessions that athletes can attend. One will be held in the morning and one in the evening to accommodate everyone. The school-wide workout sessions will all begin with a health screening over every athlete. This includes a temperature check and list of coronavirus related question. The coaches say it will be a learning process for everyone, but they’re more than up for the challenge.
“We have to remain fluid in our plans as they past three months have shown us,”said Titan coach Lance Capps. “So, we are prepared about the best that we can be for right now. We will just go from there.”
Parents at the meeting applauded the school administration for putting in the effort during this difficult time to provide their children with a sense of normalcy.
“Exercise is always good for the kids and having them out of the house and moving around,”says Trask parent Melinda Johnson. “It gives them something to do other than computers and phones.”
Heide Trask High School will hold informational meetings with their rest of their athletics teams later this week. In addition, the NCHSAA says it will announce Phase Two of it’s return to play plan in the coming weeks after consulting with state leaders.