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Starting the new normal

Football fields across the Metro have been busy this week as high school football teams began the first phase of summer workouts.

In years past the month of June is time for team camps with full contact along with regular conditioning. This year due to the Covid 19 pandemic summer work has a little different look. Using social distancing teams have been focusing on conditioning for their athletes.

While the activities may not be as in depth as in year’s past players and coaches are happy to be back on the field preparing for a football season this fall.

“It’s been exciting,” Shawnee Mission Northwest coach Bo Black said. “Getting off my own coach and finding things to do it’s been a struggle. I think for coaches and kids and even administrators at schools are excited to be back and have kids moving around and have some sense of normalcy.”

Schools in the Shawnee Mission District will continue to hold all activities outside until mid-July. At that point, the weight and locker rooms will be opened, and teams can begin to work toward a normal team camp.

Across the state line in Missouri similar procedures are in place. At Blue Springs South, all the activities are being done on the fields with each sport getting its own time on the field.

South coach Matt Klein said his players are extremely focused on working hard and following the guidelines set forth by the administration and the Greater Kansas City Suburban Conference.

“Obviously, everybody is in the same boat, but the last few days have been really good,” Klein said. “Our kids have done a good job of following the rules and doing these modified workouts. We are all kind of spaced out and doing different things. It’s just really good to get back and see everybody and be able to have a face to face conversation with our kids and our coaches. It’s been an exciting three days and obviously we hope we can keep building on that and keep progressing forward.