Like many high schools across the state, the Boonville Pirates and Lady Pirates will officially hit the ground running on Monday, June 1.


Although it will be phases, Boonville Athletic Director Chris Shikles said the district is excited to begin to get the student-athletes back on campus. “The feedback that we have received has been very positive from kids to parents, regarding the efforts to bring some much needed normalcy to their daily life,” Shikles said. “As we begin to move forward, we will continue to put the health and well-being of our students as our number one priority.”


The first phase will be held from June 1-11. Conditioning will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with 6 a.m. and 7 am sessions. (Subject to change due to participation numbers.)


There will be groups of 10 athletes who will work in a “pod” with one coach.


Athletes will also only work out with their “pod” and not cross over to other pods/coaches/times.


All conditioning will take place outside for the first two weeks.


Cancellations due to bad weather forecasts will be sent through EventLink the evening prior to the scheduled workout.


Temperatures and verbal health screening will be taken at the beginning of each session in the athlete's assigned pod.


There will be no shared equipment and water will not be provided. All athletes are required to bring their own water.


No locker room facilities will be available. However, hand sanitizer will be available. Social distancing will be practiced. (No partner activities.)


Shikles said if a student-athlete is showing signs or symptoms of Covid-19 respiratory illness, they should stay home.


Meanwhile, before attending conditioning, Shikles said athletes need to make sure they have not traveled outside of mid-Missouri for at least two weeks prior.


In Phase 2 on June 15-26, Shikles said athletes will stay with the same pod, same coach, same time and same location as Phase One.


He said conditioning will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. sessions. (Subject to change due to participation numbers.)


Along with continued outdoor workouts, the athletes will begin to integrate to the weight room and high school gym into morning conditioning.


Equipment will be sanitized between sessions and sport-specific small group workouts will begin during this phase. Athletes will be contacted by the specific head coach of their sport.


Shikles said Boonville High School will honor dead week from June 27 - July 5, which means no athletic conditioning or sport specific activities.


In Phase 3, which begins on July 6, Shikles said conditioning will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. sessions.


Sports specific group workouts will begin in addition to strength and conditioning.


Group numbers will be dictated by health guidelines.


Social distancing will be practiced.


Decisions to travel to/from any athletic events or competitions will be based on health guidelines and the safety of our students/athletes.


Shikles added that no contact week and no athletic conditioning will be held August 3-9.


Practices for fall sports will begin on August 10.


Health guidelines will be monitored throughout this process, and schedules/activities will be modified accordingly.


Shikles said scheduling for the fall season at this point are going on as planned.


“We have no guidelines or policies from MSHSAA or DESE. “There are recommendations from DESE,” Shikles said. “The recommendations are to modify sports or cancel sports.”


As for the Tri-County Conference, Shikles said everything Boonville is doing in the summer is all the same model from the conference.