St. Francis football coach Jim Bonds finds way to communicate with players – Daily News



Different times call for different measures.

While St. Francis football coach Jim Bonds shelters at place in home like the majority of the country hoping to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), he has found a way to keep tabs on his players, who under normal circumstances would be working out in the school weight room getting ready for the fall season.

But school has been cancelled for the rest of the year, and everyone is improvising.

“We are in constant communication with our team via google classroom,” Bonds said. “We have adjusted workouts for them to check in on and complete at home four days a week and report back on how they are doing. I have spoken to a few players over this time and plan to check-in on more as time goes by.”

The CIF Southern Section cancelled the spring sports playoffs last week, so now the focus turns to the fall sports season, but getting back on the field and preparing is anyone’s guess. And football, more than any other sport, takes a lot of preparation before the games begin in late August.

“As for the possibility of missing out on spring and summer football, that’s a tough one,” Bonds said. “Although there is no hitting (shorts and t-shirts only) during these periods, it is vital for players to master the system on offense and defense.

“The timing between quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers is something that needs practice and repetition over time. If we are shut off until fall and then cleared to play sometime in August, I believe you will see some pretty sloppy football across the valley, especially in the early part of the season.”

Bonds admits, everyone wants to talk about football and when it returns, whether it starts on time or weeks or months later.

But there is always a chance just like the spring season, the fall season could be postponed if the coronavirus pandemic isn’t under control. That will be up to school and government officials to decide.

“At this point, nothing would really surprise me,” Bonds said. “I have not talked about the football season at all with the administration. Their hands are full with way more important issues right now, such as the health of the student body, the continued education of our students online, graduation and much more.

“I hope this is all behind us by the start of the new school year and we are able to play football in the fall.  I feel terrible for all of the spring sport athletes who had their season cancelled on them.  They’ll never get that back.”