Wildcats Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Greg Owens told KSST Thursday that with the approval of the UIL, The Edge conditioning program would get underway Monday (June 8). As you can imagine in the age of coronavirus, Coach Owens said The Edge would look quite different this year. He said there would be an emphasis on distancing, how many people could be in the weight room and how many people could be in groups and inside. Coach Owens said temperature checks would occur as athletes arrive. Those with fever or COVID-19 symptoms would be encouraged to see a doctor and would not be admitted. More details are available at the school district website at www.ssisd.net. Those with questions may also send email to Coach Owens at [email protected]. Coach Owens said current planning is for June. The Edge will feature summer conditioning, sports training and specific sport skills work. The plan involves lots of different sports at different locations. The Multipurpose Building will be the site for football only. Athletes involved will be from incoming 7th graders to incoming 12th graders. 11th and 12th graders will be at The Edge from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Coach Owens said he expected each day to have about half an hour of both agility and weights and an hour of football skills. 9th and 10th graders will be there from 10 a.m. until noon. 7th and 8th graders will have sessions from noon until 1:30 p.m. Coach Owens said athletes must have a medical physical on file to participate. Incoming 7th graders will need to have a physical. Coach Owens said football players will need to bring cleats, flat shoes and their own labeled water bottles. He encouraged players to keep stuff in a backpack. Players will not be able to drink from water fountains. They can use the fountains to fill their water bottles. Coach Owens said he is excited about seeing the players again. For months now, contact has been limited to phone calls and Zoom sessions. Wildcats Basketball will have The Edge at the High School Gym. There are expected to be three sessions a day. Lady Cats Volleyball and Lady Cats Basketball will have The Edge at the two Middle School Gyms. Sessions are expected to have high school athletes from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and then middle school athletes from 10 a.m. until noon. Wildcats and Lady Cats Cross Country athletes will do The Edge at Gerald Prim Stadium. Wildcats Tennis players will have The Edge at the Wildcat Tennis Center. Wildcats and Lady Cats Soccer players are expected to gear up in July.
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