Football lineman Skyler Johnson works out in the weight room.
Before the shutdown last Thursday, North Dallas offensive coordinator Byron Boyd said he was pleased with the summer conditioning program.
“Even with the COVID resrictions, the kids are showing up and working hard,” Coach Boyd said during a break in the drills last week.
“Coach [Bobby] Estes has done a good job of modifying things and making it fit,” he said. “We’re getting same type of work but spreading them out in a different proximity.”
Coach Boyd said the summer conditioning is normal for football athletes but this summer, the conditioning included all athletes in all sports.
“This is what we do every year. This is normal for football. We work out the same,” he said. “Basically, it gets you prepared for August. It gets you in shape. This is nothing new for us.
“Having all sports out here, that’s new. I think that’s a good thing.”
When asked if the Bulldogs were going to play football, Coach Boyd paused for a moment.
“My thoughts don’t matter. I don’t make any decisions,” he said. “That’s up to the UIL and all those people.
“I mean, ‘Can they play?’ Probably. ‘Will they play?’ I don’t know. If you can go to school, you can play football. It’s the same risk.”
Ava Gonzalez, who plays basketball and softball, works with weights.
The girls have been participating in the summer conditioning.
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On Tuesday, the UIL announced it will permit schools in Class 4A and below to start on-time for all fall sports: football, volleyball, cross country and team tennis. State championships for the smallest four classifications will remain in the traditional time frame.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Dallas ISD has seven teams in Class 4A or 3A — North Dallas, Carter, Wilmer-Hutchins, Lincoln, Pinkston, Roosevelt, and Madison — but is under Dallas County’s order to suspend in-person instruction and athletics until after Sept. 7, five weeks into each sport’s season.
In its announcement Tuesday, the UIL said it will work “directly” with schools that have scheduling issues within the frame of the plan “to allow them flexibility to complete as many contests as possible,” the Morning News reported.
Texas’ daily counts for COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to be some of the worst in the U.S. While experts have said younger people have a lower risk for COVID-19 complications, the Dallas Morning News reported that high school athletics present an avenue for potential spread through multi-generational households and across communities when games resume.
Jorge Velez (left) and Alexis Ruiz
DeQuoya Gray (front) along with Alexis Ruiz (left) and Samundrey George.
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