Reed City football coach keeping players busy
REED CITY - Area high school sports teams enter the first full week of July continuing to get in whatever type of workouts are possible while waiting for social distance guidelines to be amended.
Reed City football coach Scott Shankel was looking at having tire lifting on two different days during this week and one evening of some camp techniques at the practice field.
There was set to be, on Wednesday, 45 minutes of offense and 45 minutes of defense. Social distancing will be still be enforced.
"We can't have handoffs, we can't use bags or anything like that," Shankel said. "We can still do a lot of footwork stuff. Like for a lot of stuff with our linemen, we can do footwork stuff. Running backs can do a ton of footwork stuff. We can install things and talk about things. But basically what it is is footwork stuff.
"Defensively, it's the same thing, get the kids in the right position, and doing footwork stuff. It's what we can do. It's getting closer and closer. I don't know what we'll have by July 25."
That's the date by which time, or July 20, the MHSAA is set to determine what the fall sports calendar will look like in lieu of COVID-19 restrictions.
One of the discussions centers around the possibility of moving fall sports to the spring to accommodate football. Some football observers are skeptical how it will work but Shankel tended to be someone more open minded.
"The seniors need to have three seasons and if that's what it takes to have three seasons, let's have three seasons," Shankel said. "Starting winter at the end of summer isn't going to be pleasant either. Hopefully, they'll get a little unique with the scheduling, knowing northern Michigan's snow doesn't usually leave until the first of April."