Today, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District athletes will complete their second week of the summer strength and conditioning program.
Last week marked the first time in three months that UCISD athletes worked out in person with their teammates and members of the coaching staff.
Uvalde High School head football coach and athletic director R.T. Gonzales described the first week of the program as a big success.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better first week than the week we had,” Gonzales said. “We had great participation numbers and the weather was not bad.
About 205 students per day took part in the first week of the program.
“It was a consistent number that we would like to keep. We expect to increase the participation number,” Gonzales said. “We have had some athletes who were not here but communicated with us and said they would be participating in the future. We had some other kids who just learned about the program and will be joining us.”
The program is open to high school and junior high athletes. Activities will run through July 30.
“We had about 55 junior high boys, but we need to increase the number of girls participating in the program,” Gonzales said.
New University Interscholastic League guidelines call for 25 percent capacity use of the weight room, while social distancing is observed for workouts inside and outside.
“Face masks are not required, but we recommend them,” Gonzales said. Other UIL protocols call for temperatures taken of those participating, the use of hand sanitizer, and disinfecting of equipment.
“Our custodial staff has done a great job of sanitizing the equipment and the weight room,” Gonzales said. “And the coaches and the athletes have done a good job of following the guidelines.