CPS Student Athletes Resume Off-Season Training with COVID-19 Precautions

The question top of mind these days is “what will high school athletics look like next year?” While there is still uncertainty surrounding the answer to that question, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) indicated they are planning for fall sports to resume as scheduled. In anticipation of sports returning in the fall (and in accordance with the Governor’s orders), CPS welcomed their student athletes back to schools to work out and train—with new social-distancing measures in place, of course. 

The first phase of returning to training limited students to outdoor workouts, in groups of 10 at a time, all six feet apart from one another.  This past week, CPS approved the move to the second phase, which allows students to return to indoor work-outs and practices, with social distancing measures in place.

New safety measures include:

  • Only groups of 10 student athletes are permitted to train together outdoors and in the gymnasium 
  • Only groups of 5 students can work-out together in the weight room
  • Student athletes must maintain a six-foot distance from one another while training
  • Student athletes are not required to wear a mask while training, but must wear one at all times before and after
  • Coaches and trainers must wear masks at all times
Student athletes work on conditioning at Walnut Hills HS

ABC’s Athletic Directors have been working diligently to ensure that their students and staff strictly follow these new measures. In addition to planning when each team can use the athletic facilities, they personally oversee many of the workouts, and immediately correct any issues that arise. 

Student athletes resume training at Withrow High School
Members of the Hughes basketball team resume training

Supplemental Training at Home

In addition to in-person training, CPS coaches have been encouraging their students to train from home. Coaches from around the district, such as Clark Montessori/Walnut Hills Strength and Conditioning Coach Deontay Kenner, put together videos that lead students in a workout routine they can complete at home. Coach Kenner’s latest video details an upper-body workout, and visually shows how these can be completed using household items. For example, when demonstrating how to perform an upright row, a filled duffel bag is used in place of free weights.

These videos, along with other updates regarding high school athletics at Cincinnati Public Schools, can be found on CPS Athletics’ twitter page: https://twitter.com/iamcpsathletics