As West High School football players approached their home field for Tuesday morning’s practice, they stopped at a table for a mandatory temperature check. Then, one of the assistant coaches sprayed their hands with sanitizer, while another handed them a cloth mask with the Rebels logo printed on the side. Once admitted inside the stadium, players sat six feet apart in bleachers until all team members were accounted for.

In cooperation with the Knox County School District guidelines, teams must limit use of any shared equipment during their spring practices and players cannot share athletic towels, clothing or shoes. Students also must provide their own hydration, as water fountains and other hydration stations cannot be used.

“They all want to have a football season and the way we handle this situation will determine if we get to have one or not,” coach Brown said.