Football coaches focusing on summer practices

Baldwin football coach Bob Watkins is anxious to get practices started with his players. (Star file photo)

Baldwin football coach Bob Watkins is anxious to get practices started with his players. (Star file photo)

BALDWIN - Football is starting to enter the summer scene at Baldwin.

Coach Bob Watkins said there was a gathering on Monday and was hopeful of a workout session on Wednesday of this week, provided there was no rain.

Monday's gathering "was more of an introduction, meeting, drills and things they and do on their own," Watkins said. "Next week, we'll go Monday, Wednesday and Thursday."

They'll be on the field, Watkins said, noting COVID restrictions do not allow the team to be inside right now.

He said there were 11 players at Monday's session and he's hoping to have more as time goes on.

"There were some who called and said they couldn't make it," Watkins said. "But I was pleased with the numbers we had (Monday night)."

The MHSAA is scheduled to sometime next week, or shortly afterwards, inform schools and athletic departments on what's been decided in terms of a fall sports schedule. There's been some speculation the MHSAA was looking to move football to the spring at which time it's hoped a COVID vaccine would be available.

Football is considered one of the higher risk sports because of the contact involved, a main reason there's been thoughts of moving it to the spring.

This was a statement released by MHSAA spokesman Geoff Kimmerly on July 1:

"As of today, we are proceeding with fall sports this fall. But if the situation dictates we need to make some changes to have sports at all this fall, switching all of spring for all of fall sports absolutely is a possibility. We aren't ready to make that switch today, but we will announce either adjustments to fall sports with more precautions -- or a possible season switch -- during the third week of July or soon after.

"We plan on having a few similar contingencies ready in case fall sports won't be safe for this fall. For example, we could start sports in the fall and have to stop again -- but will have a plan to pick them back up later. Whatever we do, we will be in lockstep with the Governor's office and the state health department, as we've been since this started in March."