Area schools begin summer conditioning

Mark Schnabel
Hesston High School freshman and sophomore athletes work out during a recent conditioning session at Hobbs Stadium.

Monday was the first day under Kansas State High School Activities Association guidelines that high schools could begin voluntary summer conditioning workouts.

Many of those workouts have come with new guidelines set forth because of COVID-19 concerns — including group limits and disinfecting equipment. Many schools are requiring that athletes provide their own water bottles.

Newton, Hesston, Sedgwick, Goessel and Peabody-Burns are among schools that have started workouts. Newton is conducting those for high school athletes only, with the middle school athletes to begin workouts later.

Halstead begins its workouts next week. No announcements were received from Burrton, Moundridge, Remington or Berean Academy.

With the loss of the spring sports season and many athletes unable to work out beyond just running, emphasis on these workouts has turned to conditioning.

Under KSHSAA guidelines, athletes must have 10 days of conditioning before beginning sport-specific drills (15 days for football, although non-contact drills can begin after 10 days).

Beginning June 22, teams may engage in summer competitions and camps.

Fall sports practices may begin Aug. 15.

Hesston Middle School athletes await the start of their conditioning session.