A tentative plan is in place for high school and junior high/middle school athletes to begin on-campus workouts ahead of the 2020-21 school year.

Alabama state school superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey told Al.com that athletes ages 13 and up could return to campuses in groups of 10 or fewer for workouts under coaches’ supervision starting June 8. Athletes under 13 and could return July 6.

The plan hinges on how things are going with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, which in March led to the cancellation of all spring sports after schools were closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

Mackey told the web site Alabama is planning for schools to re-open as usual in August.

“I’m confident our coaches will comply with all guidelines thus providing our students the safest environment based on current information,” AHSAA executive director Steve Savarese said in an AHSAA press release.

Savarese said the Summer Practice, Fall Sports and Football Committees, comprised of member school coaches and administrators, will meet again virtually next week.

“Currently, we are collaborating with the ALSDE, AHSAA Medical Advisory Board and our coaches to develop best practices for when our schools are allowed to return. The committees will discuss best practices as well as the latest information from medical professionals regarding COVID-19 issues. Those are not likely to be set until Gov. Kay Ivey’s current “safer-at-home” order expires on May 15,” Savarese said. “I’m confident our coaches will comply with all guidelines thus providing our students the safest environment based on current information.”

In accordance with AHSAA bylaws, summer practices, including workouts and conditioning, are not mandatory and are supervised by the local schools.  While the AHSAA governs all competition and championship play, summer activities are recommended but left up to the local school.

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