FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence One Schools district's middle and high school athletic teams are set for the transition from SCHSL’s Phase 1 to 1.5, according to a statement on F1S’ website Tuesday morning.
Phase 1.5 starts Monday.
“We’re excited,” South Florence football coach Drew Marlowe said. “We think the district has put together a good plan that will ensure that we stay safe as we move into this new phase, 1.5.”
On Monday, temperature checks will still be held 30 minutes prior to practices, and the same mask protocols from Phase 1 will be used. Athletes showing up late will not be permitted to practice that day with their teams.
As the SCHSL’s letter stated last week, practice groups for fall sports will grow for groups from 10 to 16. F1S’ press release on also said teams won’t use weight rooms won’t be used during this phase.
Sharing of equipment such as footballs also can now happen (with proper sanitation protocols) during this phase, per a letter from the SCHSL last week.
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“It’s a positive step, moving forward,” Marlowe said. “I think any progress right now is good, and that it’s exciting that we’re getting closer to some semblance of what this fall will hopefully look like.”
As for workouts for winter and spring sports, those groups will remain at 10 to a group.
There is currently no timeline or vision for what Phases 2 and 3 will be like in the SCHSL's three-phase plan for a return to regular sports. When sports reach Phase 3, that will designate things have returned to normal.
For the meantime, in the SCHSL, fall sports’ first official practices are Aug. 17 with football games projected to start Sept. 11. But the league retains the option, depending on the number of positive COVID-19 cases, to delay things as necessary.
Football playoffs are currently slated to start Oct. 30, with the state championship games Nov. 20. Girls' tennis and volleyball, meanwhile, are scheduled to start their games Aug. 31 with the state playoffs beginning Oct. 19.
And as for swimming and girls' golf, their seasons are scheduled to start Aug. 31. State swim finals would be Oct. 10 and 12. And in girls' golf, state qualifiers are Oct. 19, followed by state Oct. 26-27.
Cross country, meanwhile, would start Aug. 31, with qualifiers the week of Nov. 2-7. State finals then would be the week of Nov. 9-14.
When it comes to competitive cheer, contests would begin Sept. 12, with upper/lower-state qualifiers the week of Nov. 2-7, and state finals the week of Nov. 9-14.