Pinellas County will start summer conditioning for athletes at public high schools on June 15. The workouts are strictly for outdoor activities and there can be no more than 30 people (players and coaches) per session.
“This is more for the athletes in fall sports, to get them off the couch and back into shape before the start of practices,” county athletic director Al Bennett said.
For weeks, Bennett met with coaches, trainers and risk management officials to formulate a plan for when to start conditioning drills. Athletes will have to answer a health-related questionnaire before each workout.
Pinellas plans to do conditioning in phases. Bennett said the county will determine in the next few weeks if athletes can start working out in weight rooms and gymnasiums can open by June 29.
Pasco County athletic director Matt Wicks said the plan is to start summer conditioning on July 1, which would allow trainers from PT Solutions enough time to return to their assigned public school. Wicks said he is sending out return-to-play guidelines to schools this week.
Hillsborough County has yet to announce when it will start summer conditioning.