LINCOLN – Along with announcing that baseball and softball teams could begin practice under updated guidelines on June 1, Governor Pete Ricketts also informed NSAA member schools they will be able to open the weight rooms as well.
According to a release from the NSAA, the weight rooms will be for voluntary strength and condition sessions beginning June 1. Prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff must remain the focus of each NSAA member school.
Several requirements must be followed when conducting voluntary strength and conditioning sessions.
Everyone must maintain social distance by being six feet apart; follow gathering guidelines of groups of 10 or less students; these groups must be pre-determined and once set students may not switch from one group to another; interaction between groups shall be avoided as these sessions can only include weightlifting, running and exercise designed to promote physical fitness.
Sport-specific drills are not permitted and sport-specific equipment may not be used. School officials must implement diligent and effective cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces following the guidance of the CDC. It is also the responsibility of each NSAA member school to comply with all of these requirements.
Additionally, NSAA member school sponsored camps, clinics and open gyms are prohibited in any sport at this time. Should the conditions warrant, these requirements will be adjusted.
Any further official updates will be posted on the NSAA website and the NSAA social media platforms as well as waynedailynews.com.
The next Nebraska School Activities Association Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 8:30 a.m. New business items to be addressed include approving the 2020-21 NSAA calendar, a request of an early football game for Homer and Laurel-Concord-Coleridge this fall; district music financial report; softball/baseball organized practice rule waiver request; physicals from 2019-20 to be used for 2020-21; COVID-19 advisory committee and recognize board member leaving the NSAA board and new person joining.