LINCOLN — When high schools begin reopening their weight rooms June 1, the Nebraska School Activities Association will allow multiple rooms to be used for strength training and conditioning, but no more than 10 people can be in each room.

Also, the NSAA will limit outdoor conditioning sessions to 10 people at a time to meet social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

NSAA Executive Director Jay Bellar spoke Tuesday to Matt Blomstedt, the state’s commissioner of education, and aides in Gov. Pete Ricketts’ office to get additional guidance after the governor said Monday that youth baseball and softball could resume on June 1 with practice, followed by games starting June 18 under strict social distancing guidelines.

Bellar said schools can have their gymnasiums open for conditioning work only. No individual or team camps will be allowed at this time. That could be revisited later.

“We’re starting with weightlifting and want to make this work,” he said.

Other rooms in the school can be used for weights and conditioning, but athletes and coaches should not switch rooms and the rooms should be sanitized before use by another group of 10 or fewer. The guideline of 6-foot social distancing between people also applies.

Bellar said the NSAA will notify schools of the new provisions by Wednesday.

Also Tuesday, Ricketts said that youth baseball and softball tournaments including teams from out of state would be allowed as long as participants follow all of the guidelines issued Monday. If Nebraska teams go to other states, he suggested that they follow whatever that state requires.

With June 18 the first day for games, Ricketts said by then he would not expect teams to quarantine after traveling out of the state. The current state travel guidance expires at the end of May. That guidance calls for a 14-day quarantine for people who come into the state or Nebraskans who return from another state, unless the trip is work related.

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