HARLINGEN, Texas — The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has reduced training time for coaching amid Texas COVID-19 school suspensions.
According to UIL’s website, “Schools shall limit instruction for UIL activities to a maximum of eight hours per week per activity, in addition to a maximum of sixty minutes per day Monday through Friday. For athletic activities that are out of season, schools shall limit remote instruction to a maximum of sixty minutes per day Monday through Friday.”
The time cut has athletic coordinators turning to Facebook.
“We gotta get creative,” said Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Strength and Condition Coach Danny Cortez.
The 23-year coach is posting workout videos from home, turning the pool area of his backyard into a grab-what-you-can gym.
“Use cans” if you don’t have dumbbells said Cortez in one video, “One day we’ll [be] working on strength. Next day were working on power. Next day we’re working on speed,” Cortez explained. “We don’t throw everything at them. If we threw everything at them, yeah we’ll probably go over that 60 minutes” adding it is difficult to train with the time restrictions.
The 60-minute cap, is less than half of the time training for Roman Nathaniel Huerta.
As Defensive Lineman for Harlingen’s Cardinal football, Huerta spends hours a day in the gym but since Texas has suspended school activities, his weight room is now the driveway.
“He’s also a straight-A student,” said Stephanie Huerta, Nathaniel’s mom.
“I think it just hurts other athletes,” Huerta said. “At our high school they taught us to prepare mentally, so when something like this happens we’re already ready like go for the task and do it ourselves.”
While the team training may be over until next season, Huerta and Coach Cortez are staying game ready.
Cortez offers advice to athletes who may be discouraged “keep your eye on the prize and understand why you’re working.”
For the full statement from UIL click here.