By JOSH FRYE
After a long wait, the Escambia County High School football program has been cleared to resume summer training schedule, beginning Monday, June 8.
According to ECHS head football coach and athletic director Scott Mason, the Blue Devils received the all-clear to resume summer football training programs last Friday from school board officials and Superintendent John Knott.
“We were actually cleared to resume on June 1 by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA),” Mason said. “However, coaches and staff were required by ECHS to complete a Covid-19 safety and sanitation training course before being allowed to continue.”
Mason explained that the training helps set daily regulations and cleaning policies for the players, coaches and staff.
“Coaches will be required to wear masks,” Mason said. “Players are encouraged to wear masks when it is applicable to do so. It’s hard to wear masks when running, but we ask that they do so during other times.”
Mason also stressed that players would be required to complete temperature checks and screening upon entering the practice facility every day.
Players will also be required to social-distance in groups of 10 or less to help battle and prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
“We have been waiting for this day for a long time,” Mason said. “We are very excited to get back to work. We have a ton of ground to make up and we are going to need every minute to be able to bounce back.”