GRAFTON—As multiple Grafton Bearcats’ programs began gathering participation numbers and started their summer conditioning programs, many of the TCMS sports’ teams also began preparing themselves for one or more of the “phases” that has been set forth by the SSAC.
The TCMS wrestling squad began conditioning this past week, as Knights’ head coach Kevin Efaw has scheduled practices from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. twice a week during the earlier stages of the recommended state guidelines.
“We are currently doing Phase I now on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the middle school football field, and we plan on doing all of the phases as they open up,” he said on Thursday.
TCMS football will begin working out during Phase II on Monday, June 22nd, at the middle school and will meet three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in “pods.” Phase II will consist of a two-week period that will incorporate both conditioning and weightlifting. Pod 1 will meet from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Pod 2 will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (if necessary), Pod 3 will meet from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (if necessary), and Pod 4 will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m (if necessary).
“We are excited to get started and hope that we will see football this fall,” stated TCMS head football coach Bobby Beltner.
TCMS boys’ soccer has announced that they will not be participating in Phase I or Phase II. They will, however, be participating during the three-week summer “live” period on the following dates: 7/13, 7/14, 7/15, and 7/20, 7/21, 7/22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Knights’ football field. Student athletes will need physicals prior to working out and will need to bring all their paperwork to the field with them.
“I’m looking forward to this three-week period,” said TCMS boys’ head soccer coach Travis Uhl. “I want to see where the players are after this long time away from organized sports. I’m not extremely worried due to the quality of athletes we have returning. I think they will round into form quickly. We will spend the majority of our time during the three-week period focusing on conditioning. I really hope that this season starts with limited COVID-19 guidelines, but I’m not sure that will happen. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
On the girls’ side, new Lady Knights’ head soccer coach Joey Haddix has set July 6th as the start date for summer training and conditioning, which takes place during the three-week live period. His workouts will run Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the TCMS football field. Any players interested in playing should contact Coach Haddix.
For athletes in the sixth, seventh, or eighth grade who are interested in running for the TCMS cross country team, the Knights will be meeting on Monday, July 6th at 7:00 p.m. at West Taylor Elementary School to start conditioning during Phase III. A parent will be expected to sign a COVID-19 waiver and the on-site facilities will be closed. The first day of the XC season is scheduled to be on August 3rd.
For students in grades 6-8, the TCMS cheerleading squad will be meeting from July 6th-10th and then again on July 20th-24th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. under the pavilion at TCMS. Coaches Jennifer Summers and Jenny Lambert plan on working on conditioning, cheers, and jumps, and anyone interested in more information should contact one of the coaches.
As a reminder, all TCMS athletic teams who will be participating in summer conditioning will be following COVID-19 guidelines that have been set in place by the state.
For more information, contact TCMS directly or each team’s respective coach.