LINCOLN — The Nebraska School Activities Association announced Monday that it is preparing to begin the fall sports season as scheduled.

First practices for football, volleyball, cross country, girls golf, boys tennis, and softball are set to begin Aug. 10.

“The health and safety of our student participants, coaches, and officials has been our priority as we work to provide activities for our member schools,” the statement read. “This will not change, and modifications may have to be made. Please be understanding and flexible as we continue to try to navigate through this pandemic. We will continue to work with the Governor’s office, Nebraska Department of Education, and the local health departments to make the best decisions for your students and our member schools.”

The NSAA advised schools to:

-- Keep all activities, practices, and scrimmages in-house to avoid interaction with other teams.

-- Wear masks when not in competition.

-- Keep groups small and attendance recorded.

-- Wash hands regularly.

-- Disinfect equipment regularly.--n Stay home if you don’t feel well.

-- Stay home if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19.

“Our ultimate goal is to return to school to have a full, productive, healthy season and create a great experience for our students,” the statement said.