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Coupeville HS/MS Athletic Director Willie Smith. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Three working as one.

The Athletic Directors at Whidbey Island’s high schools have united to guide their schools through spring sports practices as everyone deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Willie Smith (Coupeville), Jerrod Fleury (Oak Harbor), and Paul Lagerstadt (South Whidbey) have done so with the intention all Wolf, Wildcat, and Falcon athletes and coaches will work off the same directives.

The first practices were held while Island County was in Phase Two of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s Reopening Plan.

With the move to Phase Three a few days ago, things will continue to be opened up, as long as guidelines are met.

As they make plans, the trio of athletic directors have been working with guidance from the National Federation of High Schools, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, and the Island County Health Department.

With the county moving to Phase Three, practices, which had been limited to five individuals at one site, can now include 10 participants (athletes and coaches) in each indoor space, or 50 individuals outdoors.

If practicing outdoors, workouts must be conducted in “pods” comprised of no more than 20 athletes.

All participants are required to maintain a six-foot distance from each other at all times, and it is “highly recommended coaches and athletes wear cloth face coverings, if social distancing is not able to be maintained.”

Locker rooms and meeting rooms are not allowed to be used, there should be no shared athletic apparel or shared hydration, and all athletic equipment must be cleaned intermittently during practices.

The return to practices covers “lower risk” or “modified risk” sports which can be done with social distancing, done individually, or with no sharing of equipment, or the ability to clean equipment.

“Lower risk” sports are identified as individual running events, individual swimming, golf, sideline cheer, and cross country running.

“Modified risk” sports include basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, and 7-on-7 football.

Weight training is also allowed, with a limit of 10 participants (coaches and athletes) allowed in the room at one time.

Social distancing must be maintained, with lifters separated (i.e. every other cage), while spotters must wear masks.

Weight equipment has to be wiped down thoroughly before and after each individual’s use of equipment and maximum lifts should be limited.

The AD’s plan includes vigorous attention to sanitization.

Prior to an individual or group entering a facility, touch points/hard surfaces within that facility must be wiped down and sanitized.

This includes things such as door handles, weight room equipment, and bathrooms.

Athletes are instructed to provide their own workout gear, encouraged to shower (at home) and wash their clothing after each workout, and must wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap before participating in workouts.

To be able to practice, Coupeville athletes are required to provide a new note from their parent or guardian each day stating they have a normal temperature and are OK to practice.

Coaches will maintain files with these notes, and the responses to screening questions for each participant, in the case an athlete tests positive for COVID-19.

If an athlete or coach has positive symptoms, they will not be allowed to participate in workouts.

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After extensive planning, CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith has set up a plan for Wolf athletes to conduct spring practices. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Practice?

We’re talking about practice.

With the stay at home order lifted and Island County in Phase Two of Washington state’s plan for reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, Coupeville High School athletes will return to action.

Just with a lot of restrictions and no games.

CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith has been a busy man of late, combing through the various guidelines set down by Governor Jay Inslee and his staff, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

After taking everything into consideration, Smith has established a plan for spring practices, and cleared that plan with the Island County Health Department.

Now, CHS coaches will contact their athletes to set up practice times and sites, and the information will be posted on the school’s website.

What we know:

*No practices/workouts are allowed on Coupeville School District property through June 19, since all state schools remain closed through the end of the school year.

*Coaches are allowed to work with no more than five students per week, and it must be the same students the entire week, with no swapping of coaches or students.

Students/coaches can rotate once a new week starts, but that new group must remain consistent for the remainder of the new week.

*Students may only practice with one sport per week.

*Only five students are allowed on site at one time. Coaches can not have different groups of students gathered at the same facility at the same time.

*For sports such as basketball, each student will have their own ball to use, and there will be no sharing of balls.

*Students may not share water bottles, clothing, shoes, or similar items, and social distancing rules need to be followed.

*CHS will require a signed note from a parent/guardian each day a student is practicing, stating that their child’s temperature has been checked that morning and it is normal.

These notes have to be kept in a folder and with the coach at all times.

If a student does not have a signed note they may not participate that day.

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CHS football players (l to r) Daylon Houston, Dawson Houston, and Ben Smith arrive in Mount Vernon Saturday for their first spring scrimmage. (Deb Smith photos)

A little of that fall football feeling, on June 8.

With their work done, the Wolves head home.

And so it begins.

We’re two-and-a-half months out from the first day of fall practice, but that’s not stopping the Coupeville High School football team from working.

Taking a break from spring practice, the Wolves hit the road Saturday and traveled to Mount Vernon for the first of two scrimmages.

While squaring off with the 4A Bulldogs, Coupeville put the ball in the end zone numerous times.

The details are a little sketchy, but we know Wolf quarterback Dawson Houston netted a touchdown through the air and another on the ground, while Andy Martin and Timothy Ursu crashed in to score while leading the rushing attack.

The Wolves host Concrete 6 PM Thursday, June 13 at Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field in the second, and final, scrimmage of spring.

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Raising their helmets to a new season of success. (Photos courtesy Bob Martin)

Putting in work under blue skies.

The line surges.

Dreaming of fall success.

Helmets in hand, a new batch of football warriors are taking possession of the gridiron.

Or, the practice field, at least.

Led by coach Bob Martin, the newest version of the Coupeville Middle School football squad is hard at work, putting in time and effort during spring practice drills.

The season may still be two-plus months away, but the Wolves are already on the prowl.

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   Damon Stadler is one of several key returning players for CMS football. (John Fisken photos)

Logan Wertz is another battle-hardened veteran for the Wolves.

Things are starting to come into focus.

The start of the season is still months away, and head coach Bob Martin is a lone Wolf while he waits for a staff to be built around him, but middle school football is on the move.

The Wolves, who number 22 strong as of Tuesday morning, have spring practices through June.

During that time, CMS players and coaches will work on everything from proper tackling techniques to learning plays to identifying team captains for the season ahead.

“Our goals for the summer are to increase numbers, learn the basics of football, identify skill-sets, get fit, develop good habits, and have fun!,” Martin said.

The roster as of Tuesday morning:

Reiley Araceley
Lucious Binnings
Isaiah Bittner
Dominic Coffman
Ty Duddridge
Brawn Gadberry
Jesus Garcia-Partida
Ty Hamilton
Scott Hilborn
Kristina Jones
Jacob Kendall
Logan Martin
Caleb Meyer
Xavier Murdy
Zach Murtha
Kevin Partida
Cody Roberts
Gabe Shaw
Damon Stadler
Alex Wasik
Logan Wertz
Hawthorne Wolfe

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