As football programs navigate through summer workouts, some have fallen victim to COVID-19 infections among players.
In Scottsdale, a Chaparral football player tested positive for the virus, as did a player for Desert Vista High.
According to a statement from the Scottsdale Unified School District, the camp was shut down for deep cleaning but has since resumed workouts. Chaparral players participated in small-group team workouts inside D1 Scottsdale.
Kristen Baker, aco-owner of D1, said the player was asymptomatic when inside the facility.
“We suspended all team workouts and closed so a professional cleaning company could come in and sanitize the facility,” Baker said. “This is something we will do every week going forward to ensure the safety of all of our guests.”
Most districts have left athletics and anti-virus protocols up to the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
It initially announced it would send out surveys to principals to gauge how they plan to welcome athletics back on campus. However, after Gov. Doug Ducey pushed back to Aug. 17 when campuses could reopen, the AIA said would go out later. Officials also announced official practices for fall sports would not begin until school is in session.
“We couldn’t be more disappointed about the information that just came out regarding our schools. However, we understand that the most pressing concern is to ensure our student-athletes can return to school in the safest way possible,” AIA Executive Director David Hines said in the release. “We will do everything in our power to make sure that when we get back up and going again, the transition will be as seamless as possible and to create memorable interscholastic experiences. And we’ll be able to accomplish that as long as everyone does their part to stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus.”
Hines told The Progress the association’s Crisis Management Committee would weigh all of its options in regard to the fall season, including shortening the season.
“I don’t believe cancelling games would be necessary but pushing everything back would be beneficial no matter what,” Mountain Pointe head Coach Eric Lauer said. “I don’t think any teams, with the limitations right now and not knowing when we can move into another phase, will be ready to go by August.”
Lauer said if the season was canceled, there should be an option for seniors to be in pads sometime in the winter with college coaches in attendance.