Things just got a little better for high school athletes and coaches.
On Wednesday, Apr. 8, South Carolina High School League Commissioner Jerome Singleton issued a statement saying that athletes and coaches of member schools can use any media platform to conduct virtual workouts provided it does not require athletes and coaches to gather in one location.
This is in compliance with SC Gov. Henry McMaster’s Executive Order to close all state schools through Apr. 30, thus suspending any high school athletic events.
“We wanted to allow coaches to be involved with their student athletes while following social distancing,” Singleton said when asked for comment. “If the coaches want to work with their student athletes, we didn’t see any harm to it.”
Workouts that are put on paper or workouts that can be distributed to athletes and followed at home are also allowed.
However, there are a few rules to the new procedure.
Workouts cannot be mandatory and must take place after normal school hours. All distance learning workouts must be approved by the local school district after review of all possible health risks and legal ramifications.
Sports that are currently in season (spring sports) may offer sport-specific training in addition to conditioning. Cheer, which is in open season, may do sport-specific training except for stunting and tumbling, as these are a safety risk athletes. Cheer will also not be allowed to have any type of tryout. Sports that are in closed season may offer strength and conditioning activities only. Any sport-specific training or gathering of closed season athletes and/or coaches will be viewed as a violation of closed season rules and regulations.
“That’s what the rule already was,” Singleton said.
SCHSL will have another teleconference on Wednesday, Apr. 22 to reassess the situation.
“We’ll see if any changes have occurred,” Singleton said. “Right now, we’re following the guidelines of the governor and the state Department of Education.”