BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Brunswick County School Athletic teams can begin summer workouts on Monday, August 3.
North Brunswick Athletic Director Randy Fennel says that North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) safety protocols will be followed, certified athletic trainers will be on location and the county has provided teams with everything they need to keep everyone safe.
“They’ve purchased the disinfectant, the thermometers that we need and the sanitizers...all the stuff that is so important,” said Fennel. “We have the masks, the shields for the coaches. They were on top of that very quickly and they took care of getting that for us. That stuff...we had a tremendous help from the county.”
The NCHSAA allowed teams to start summer workouts on June 15, but Brunswick County wanted to make sure they had all safety precautions covered.
“What we do know...this is a big decision and if we mess up and we do something that’s not right and that’s not appropriate for the accommodations they made for us, they are going to shut us down,” said Fennel. “We have to make sure that we’re all on the same page and understand what is expected. Keeping the distancing and making sure we’re prepared for every aspect of this thing, so that we don’t get pulled back because we did something silly.”
The summer workouts are optional, and parents need to make the decision if they are going to allow their children to participate.
“They have to use their best judgment for their child and their family,” said South Brunswick football coach Rocky Lewis. “But we, as coaches and as administrators, are going to be within the guidelines and we’re going to do what it takes to get this thing back to the way it needs to be.”
“We are doing everything we can with the knowledge that we have about this COVID pandemic, about what works and what doesn’t work, to make sure they are safe as possible,” added Fennel.
NCHSAA has set September 1 as the first day that fall sports teams can practice.