Restarting athletics topic of discussion this week for Ohio County Schools officials, educators

Summer conditioning and practices — and how to safely hold them during the current COVID-19 pandemic — was the topic this week as officials with Ohio County Schools and Wheeling Park High School began discussing the start of the 2020 fall athletic season.

The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission has issued recommendations for summer conditioning. Ohio County Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones organized a countywide committee to address the ways in which the school system will proceed with the opening of practices. Committee members decided to allow conditioning workouts to begin on June 10 at Wheeling Island Stadium.

The committee focused on the first two phases of summer practice guidelines, and those involve conditioning and strength training. Ohio County Schools administrators discussed issues such as student athletes re-entering athletic facilities, water consumption and sanitizing facilities and equipment. A major concern was the conditioning of student athletes.

“I’m worried about inactivity,” Jones said. “We are going to make sure they are prepared to compete, but we are going to do it with caution. We are responsible for the safety of these kids, and we are going to keep them safe.”

The nine-member committee was represented by administrators and coaches at the county, high school and middle school levels. Jones, Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller and Operations Director David Crumm represented the Ohio County Schools Central Office. Wheeling Park High School was represented by Associate Principal Meredith Dailer, Activities Director Dwaine Rodgers, football coach Chris Daugherty and track coach Chris Dunaway. Ohio County Schools Middle School Athletic Director John Chacalos and Triadelphia Middle School Assistant Principal Drew Villani served as representatives of middle school athletics.


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