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Niles High School prepares for athletes to start practicing

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 6:32 PM EDT
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NILES, Mich. (WNDU) -On Wednesday, the Michigan High School Athletic Association announced a phased-in approach in getting athletes back out on the field.

Now, local programs are preparing for a season unlike any other.

Low-risk sports such as golf, tennis, cross country and swimming can begin competition starting August 12.

For moderate and high-risk sports competition is delayed and the timeline will be decided by August 20.

Football practice with full pads won't begin until August 17.

At Niles High School, athletes are undergoing COVID symptom tests before they get their physicals done and the school says that physical distancing and wearing masks is critical for a successful season.

“We’re going to do whatever we can,” Niles Athletic Director Jeff Upton said. “We’re going to educate them, educate them, educate them as much as we can with the proper protocols. I’m sure about one thing. They will change. We’re going to take their temperatures and continue to do COVID tests and do whatever we can to keep everyone safe. They’ve got a great chance. They’ve got a chance the spring athletes didn’t have. They’ve got a chance to start a season and depending on how they react to this, we know so much more know than we did March 15, they’ve got a chance to finish the season. We’re going to give them every opportunity we can.”

Upton says the student athletes are optimistic about a fall season and for parents, the school has a streaming service in place so everyone will be able to watch the games if fans aren’t allowed.

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