Tips From a Coach: Easley's Sheriff Talks Pandemic, Season

Easley's Braxton Sheriff talks with scrunners about coaching athletes during a pandemic and the season ahead. Sheriff is a former runner at Easley. 

What kind of conditioning are you doing with your track and field team at this point?
We will start next week with track. Normally we start on the first of December but we decided not to this year since they deemed us a closed season and then it was right at exams. We actually had to delay conditioning in January because we had three coaches including myself test positive. We will start on January 11. We will most likely break up into smaller groups so we can have a better way of contact tracing if the school needs to know. 

When we do meet next week, we may do a lot of conditioning of the track on some grass fields, utilize the weight room, and try to stay outside as much as possible. Our kids are wearing masks until we start conditioning and then they can take them off. When we finish, they will have to put them back on.

Anything else that may help other teams navigating these difficult times?

I do believe track will be much tougher to do this season because of all the other spring sports and weather that is going on. If it rains, normally we go inside to the gym or another facility. This year may be tougher to do because it is indoors and limited space with social distancing.