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High schools hopeful for summer sports training

Pickens coaches posting workouts, meeting with players online

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With the abrupt nature with which spring sports came to a halt, everyone’s immediate attention has been to support those athletes whose seasons came to an end. 

The Dragons baseball, soccer, tennis, and track teams were all showing promise when their year was cut short. Now those senior athletes are preparing to graduate virtually, and the question turns to when will sports return in Pickens County. The most recent press release from the GHSA President Robin Hines shows that maybe there is some optimism growing for a return to action. The statement reads as follows:

“I just want to touch base with everyone although there is no concrete news that I can provide. I am in the process of gathering as much information as possible to narrow down a date that we may be able to begin some type of face to face work with our student athletes. We will be looking at local, state and national information to attempt to make the best

decision going forward. I am hopeful that we can implement a measured return to training with guidance in June. All of the information needed to make such a decision is not available but we are working toward this goal. Social distancing, reduced numbers of athletes and coaches per session, disinfecting facilities as well as standard hygiene practices will certainly be a part of any return to sport training. Again, no decisions have been made at this time.

“I appreciate your patience, I know you are ready to get back to normal and providing for your athletes. Be safe and let me know if I can do anything for you,” said Robin Hines.

When asked about his thoughts on the current status of sports in Pickens County, High School Athletic Director Chris Williams stated, “Our first concern will always be the safety and well-being of our student athletes. We will follow all of the guidelines set by the GHSA, and hopefully we will be back in action soon. Our coaches have been meeting with players digitally, posting online workouts, and continuing to promote our athletics programs remotely. I would just ask that every continue to remain patient and please avoid using all High School Athletic Facilities until we are given the green light from the GHSA.”

While the future of athletics remains up in the air there is one thing that is for certain, the athletes, parents, and fans of Pickens County Athletics will be ready for a return to normalcy this fall.