Bay District announces athletic guidelines for summer workouts

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Bay District Schools announced that schools can start summer workouts on June 1, but following strict guidelines.

Officials released those guidelines on Wednesday afternoon.

In Phase One of the summer workout guidelines, athletes will not be allowed in the locker room at their school, will have to bring their own water bottle and they will be temperature checked before they condition with the team.

The team will have to break up in groups of ten or less people and players will not be allowed to pass around a ball with each other as they have to be sanitized after coming into contact with a player.

“The guidelines are pretty stringent, I’m not gonna sugar coat it. It’s gonna be a challenge for our coaches to enforce, but if they follow the guidelines which I know they will, we are gonna be in good shape,” Bay District Schools Executive Director of Operations Josh Balkom said.

All the athletic directors of Bay District Schools met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the guidelines. Some still have questions and concerns about them, but officials said the guidelines are not set in stone.

“They probably have some things that they have thought of that we haven’t thought of. For us as athletic directors, we’re in competition a lot of the times against each other, but here we’re all on the same team just trying to figure things out and how we can get our students safely returned to activities,” Bay District Schools Athletic Director Kirk Harrell said.

It may be challenging for the first few weeks, but all are glad they are going to be able to get their student-athletes back to their routine.

“It’s absolutely a step in the right direction, we get to get back with our kids and get them back into a structured environment and it’s going to be really structured but it’s really great to get em back here,” Arnold Athletic Director Rick Green said.

Here is the full list of guidelines for summer workouts:

Phase three will allow moderate risk sport teams, like basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, to play games and practice.

Bay District Schools said they do not have a timeline on when they will go to phase two or three, but are following the state’s reopening.

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