Baldwin players open football practice this week
BALDWIN - Football practices for Baldwin's 8-man team started on Monday with Panther coach Bob Watkins anxiously waiting to see how things are going to work out.
The MHSAA has said football can start working out this week but with helmets only. Players can start with pads on Aug. 17.
The MHSAA is to decide on Aug 20 if sports such as football can proceed with competition. In light of the COVID 19 pandemic, there continues to be restrictions.
"I'm really nervous," Watkins said prior to this week. "They've given us the go ahead to start conditioning but they say it's still subject to recommendations the following week. It's scary because we have the families and all these kids and they're spending money on football shoes and all the other things they need to have and the state has not given us a true understanding.
"I know a lot of the schools are half open and half virtual and a lot of parents saying they don't want to send their kids to school and you're wondering if they want them to play sports if they don't send them to school. I'm trying to be optimistic and am working on the practice schedule for the week of conditioning. I can't discourage the kids or they won't come to practice."
There will also be no scrimmage a week before the season opener from MHSAA action. The Baldwin season opens on Aug. 28 at home with Vestaburg.
"It's nerve wracking," Watkins said. "You want to get them prepared but are you truly going to have the opportunity?"