Local high school athletic programs enthusiastically return to activities

Cartersville High School's Weinman Stadium

It was a different kind of opening day for workouts on local high school campuses Monday, but from all indications the local athletic directors, coaching staffs, and athletes made the best of their opportunities amidst the COVID-19 restrictions and requirements.

Monday was the first day the Georgia High School Association allowed weightlifting and conditioning for athletes since the pandemic shutdown of activities in the winter of 2020.

Schools across Bartow, Coweta, Fayette, Forsyth, Gwinnett, and Hall counties were lifting weights, running sprints, and participating in other conditioning activities Monday. Nearby Cherokee plans to begin Wednesday and the majority of schools in Atlanta, Cobb, and Fulton plan to begin next week.

Student athletes and coaches were not only limited to 20 or fewer in their workout groups Monday, but each person was pre-screened with a series of questions. Body temperatures were checked and there were no communal water sources. Athletes were required to provide their own water bottles.

There were also cleaning periods throughout the day allowing weight room equipment to be sanitized between groups of athletes.

Based on social media posts, there was excitement at each of the local schools as altered summer workouts began. The enthusiasm is obvious.

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