Blair-Taylor coach: Offseason protocols gave Dairyland confidence to hold fall sports

Most local high school athletic conferences have not been unanimous when deciding the fate of fall sports. Central and Logan are going to spring while the rest of the MVC stays in fall, and the Coulee Conference is essentially split down the middle.

But the Dairyland Conference had no doubt they would be able to make a unified decision, ultimately deciding to go ahead with fall sports. Cross country is proceeding as scheduled, volleyball begins Sept. 7, and football will start practice Sept. 14.

Blair-Taylor football coach Andy Nehring says the summer workout strategies proved to be an invaluable example to show school officials that even high-risk sports could be played this fall.

“I think we took a pretty slow approach to how we gradually brought kids back,” Nehring said. “They let us lift weights in the weight room, we talked about protocols for a long time and what it was like, and that was successful, so we took the next step. By the time it was time to make a decision, I think they were pretty comfortable with what we’d done and been successful with.”

Nehring expects the conference’s schools to stay in consistent communication as the fall season moves along and deal with any adversity as a whole.