SCISA moves on to Phase 2 in return to sports today

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Athletic programs at schools in the South Carolina Independent School Association will be able to move on to Phase 2 in the return to sports from the coronavirus pandemic when their teams gather for practice on Thursday.

Phase 2 was supposed to go into effect on Monday, but was pushed back until Thursday out of caution due to the rise in cases of the virus in the state of South Carolina.

When texted about whether Phase 2 would begin on Thursday, SCISA athletic director Mike Fanning responded, "Yes sir. Introducing football to workouts."

As well as a volleyball, basketball or any other ball used by sports that will be practicing. The second phase involves introducing equipment to the workouts.

Phase 1 was bringing the student-athletes back just for workouts and weightlifting. That phase allowed teams to have as many as 10 practices in a 14-day period done, of course, under strict social distancing, cleansing and disinfecting guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

SCISA originally shut down spring sports for the 2019-20 school year in mid-March at the outset of the pandemic. SCISA announced its schools could start Phase 1 of its return to sports on June 1.

LMA, TSA, Wilson Hall and Robert E. Lee Academy all began their Phase 1 workouts on June 1. Clarendon Hall began workouts on June 8.