Mount Anthony football holds summer workouts

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BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony football team held multiple social-distance workouts over the past week as the team prepares for their season.

Coach Chad Gordon said the workouts would draw around 15-20 players during a typical summer but with the absence of spring sports, this week saw the best turnout in the decade he's been on the MAU coaching staff. Gordon said players had to sign up the night before the 9:30 a.m. workout to make sure the team was adhering to the limit of 25 people allowed to workout.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott limited outside athletic gatherings to a maximum of 25 people during his June 15 press conference. Gordon actually had 29 of his players sign up for Friday's workout, so the coach decided to hold two workouts to allow every player the opportunity to workout while following the governor's restrictions.

"I don't have the heart in me to say if a kid wants to work out, 'no, I can't let you workout,'" Gordon said. "I said, hey let's do two shifts."

That's exactly what they did. Gordon held an additional workout an hour earlier, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to ensure everyone that wanted to got a chance to get their conditioning in.

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The workouts come with multiple safety precautions. All players are screened with a list of questions prior to them being allowed to workout. Workouts that allow social distancing are prioritized, but if players must be within six feet of one-another, masks are worn. No personal items are shared during the workouts.

The coach said the players who attended the workout are hopeful there will be a football season this fall.

"They're eager to get back at it," Gordon said.

The MAU coach said the workouts brought a sense of normalcy to his summer.

"Every summer for the past 10 years, that's been my routine every morning," Gordon said. "It's good to be back."


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