The effects of the coronavirus began to have a major impact on Nebraska high school sports back in March when it was announced that attendance at the NSAA boys state basketball tournament would be limited and closed to the majority of the public. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that all spring sports would be canceled, high school weight rooms would need to be closed, and organized strength conditioning programs through the schools would be suspended. Now, more than two months later, some things are starting to return. On May 11th, Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts announced that high schools in the state would be permitted to open their weight rooms for voluntary strength and conditioning sessions beginning June 1st.
KCNI/KBBN Sports visited with Ryan Wetovick who helps guide the weight and strength conditioning program at Broken Bow high school as athletes have returned this week. Wetovick told us that it has been great to see and interact with the student athletes again. He said that he has seen excitement from the athletes as well as they have been able to see each other again and start to get back into a routine.
As it became more clear that schools would have to close because of COVID-19, Wetovick said they were able to put some things in place to aid students during the time that the weight and conditioning facility was not available.
Following the governor’s announcement back in May that high schools could reopen their weight facilities, the Nebraska School Activities Association released a statement on May 13th issuing requirements for schools to follow which they then updated on May 26th. Wetovick shared how they are working to follow the guidelines that have been put in place.
Listen to our full conversation with Coach Wetovick