S.C. public high school sports to resume training this summer

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DUNCAN, SC (WSPA) – Public high school sports teams in South Carolina are preparing to resume training this summer, but dates have not been finalized.

The South Carolina High School League released its guidelines Thursday for phase one of returning to practice. However, the lack of a concrete start date for resuming sports has led to confusion among schools’ athletic departments.

Tony Gillespie, the athletic director at James F. Byrnes High School, plans to meet with Spartanburg District Five’s superintendent to figure out how to bring sports back to the school.

Gillespie and his staff were prepared for the limitations set out by the state’s new guidelines. The group — and other athletic directors and coaches across the state — were expecting more guidance.

The guidelines allow schools and districts to resume athletic practices and training — with limitations — once on-campus academic functions resume.

That is providing a challenge for Gillespie and his team. Under current plans, Byrnes High may begin summer school in July. Even then, there’s no guarantee those classes will resume on campus.

“Everybody now, coaching-wise, is wanting to do something in June,” Gillespie said.

He said on Monday, he and others in District Five will meet to try to figure out a plan about June and if it’s even possible to have a summer school, to have kids on campus and to have workouts.

To read the state guidelines, click here.

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