Conditioning for sports a good sign

Mark Martin
Sportswriter

Let the conditioning begin.

While preseason workouts can be grueling at times, they are needed.

And athletes who have been waiting…and waiting…and waiting…for their respective seasons to begin are moving forward this week with the preseason – a preseason which comes while sports campaigns are normally into the final stages.

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission recently released its preseason calendar.

As of Monday, February 8, swimming, wrestling, girls basketball and boys basketball teams were allowed to begin conditioning drills under the guidance of their coaches.

Following the week of conditioning, the actual practice phase in the preseason can get started on February 15.

Game action will begin in early March.

Parents, grandparents and household family members will be allowed to attend wrestling matches and basketball games.

Jackson County’s two high schools – Ravenswood and Ripley – do not offer swimming.

Only schools that are open for in-person or a combination of in-person/virtual learning over a five-day period will be allowed to practice and take part in competitions.

In addition to the three winter sports, the spring sports of tennis, track and field, girls softball and boys baseball will be permitted to begin offseason weight training and conditioning on February 15.

Fall sports of golf, cross country, soccer, volleyball, football and cheerleading will also be allowed to begin weight and conditioning training on that mid-February date.