Central Nebraska coaches meet to discuss football season

Football coaches attend Nebraska Schools Activities Association's meeting to learn details about the upcoming football season.
Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 8:48 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska School Activities Association held its annual meeting to discuss the football season with Central Nebraska coaches in Kearney. This year’s meeting had a lot more information to present because of contingency plans surrounding the season due to COVID-19.

Hastings High football coach Charlie Shoemaker said local health departments will have the biggest say on whether schools in their region can continue to play. Shoemaker said with the pandemic constantly changing, the Tigers are not taking any game for granted.

“If things go bad they could shut it down,” Shoemaker said. “So, whatever games we get, you know, we need to make the most of it. You truly have to look at is as maybe this is the last shot and every game is going to be the most important game. Which is no different than what we teach them anyways but it kind of means a little bit more when that’s a true reality as you go through a season.”

The NSAA said if a health department closes down sports, it only means teams in that region must stop playing. If a team has to quarantine due to positive cases, teams could reschedule that game against an opponent who is available.

“I think you’re going to know who you’re going to play each week and that’s pretty much all you can ask for as far as knowing who you’re going to play,” Shoemaker said. “But if it’s not, you know coaches are pretty flexible. I think coaches and players can deal with a lot of adversity. A lot different things. We’re going to make it work no matter what we have to do.”

Practices begin Aug. 10th with the football season beginning on Aug. 27th. For more information on contingency plans for all fall sports click here.

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