The North Dallas coaches and staff welcomed 48 student-athletes for the summer conditioning program Thursday morning.
The athletes filled out the conditioning form and had their temperatures taken. Then they went through the conditioning drills for the next two hours.
“We lost a little bit of momentum, numberswise,” North Dallas Head Coach Bobby Estes said as the athletes wrapped up the day’s work. “The kids we do have are working hard. We got 48 today, we had 46 yesterday. I think the momentum will kinda build back up. When we left, we were averaging 80 with a high of 90. The kids that we’re counting on are here, and we’ll keep on working.”
Asked how long the summer conditioning will continue, and Estes said another week and a half. The athletes will get a few days off before Aug. 3. Why Aug.3?
“Aug. 3 is first day of football,” Estes said.
But Thursday evening, Dallas County officials announced that in-person classes — and school-sponsored events like sports — would be delayed until after Labor Day (Sept. 7).
The order effectively shut down the summer conditioning program and the start of footballseason, volleyball season, cross country and team tennis at North Dallas and other Dallas ISD schools.
“It’s chaos as far as the schedule is concerned,” Coach Estes said Friday afternoon.
So how does the order affect North Dallas?
- For football, the Bulldogs’ first two games against Thomas Jefferson and Fort Worth Carter-Riverside are out. North Dallas was scheduled to play Life Waxahachie on Sept. 11 and Life Oak Cliff on Sept. 18, but those games may be replaced by scrimmages. It is not clear on the dates for homecoming or senior night.
- For cross country, the North Dallas Invitational that was scheduled on Aug. 22 at Jesse Owens Complex is now doubtful on that date. The Bulldogs will also miss the first four meets of the season. The District 12-4A meet is scheduled on Oct. 15.
- For volleyball, the Lady Bulldogs will miss the first month of nondistrict games and tournaments. District play begins in early September.
Coach Estes indicated they will wait for the UIL to determine when the sports seasons will begin. For now, they just hope to start practicing after Sept. 7. But with the rise of the coronavirus cases in Dallas County, the student-athletes’ safety comes first and there could be more delays.
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“I have high hopes for the season,” Coach Estes said Thursday morning. “Every day, you have to have a good day. You have to put good days on top of good days. You have to have good scrimmages. I’ll have a better feel of what the season is going to look like after we have our scrimmages. But I like the way are kids are working…”
He was especially pleased with the coaches and students’ attendence.
“I’m real proud of these kids. This has been an adversarial time for everybody,” he said. “One, I appreciate these coaches being there so these kids can lock on to and we can be a consistent thing. Two, these kids have shown great will. It’s a strong testament to them. They’re coming out and they’re working. There’s no guarantees. This is a great lesson in life that you have to do the best you can. Our kids have reacted accordingly.”
Here are the football and cross country schedules before Thursday’s order placed sports on hold until after Sept. 7.
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