THE North Tamworth Bears ladies league tag squad has been biding its time since the Group 4 season was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The squad has taken to online training sessions to ensure everyone is ready for the start of the season, whenever that may be.
After going undefeated en-route to a premiership victory last year, the Bears have been challenging each other to reach training goals while self-distancing.
Bears coach James Cooper said he was impressed with the way his charges were handling the lockdown.
"I think the part we are missing the most is the social component of it and being around each other," Cooper told the Leader.
"We are a pretty tight-knit bunch and we are doing all we can while we are not able to be around each other to stay connected."
Cooper said his side's accountability to training would hold them in good stead when the season resumes.
"We are a pretty reasonable bunch as far as holding each other accountable for doing sessions while we aren't able to come together," he said.
"We're finding other ways for both the first grade boys and the league tag girls to stick together.
"The league tag girls have been sending out a work out of the week via social media that everyone has to do, video it, and prove they have done it.
"If someone doesn't do it, they then have to pick the following week's workout, which is proving to be a lot of fun."
As for the first-grade side's chances of winning a seventh-straight premiership, Cooper said the group was doing all it could to be ready for the season.
"The boys are in a similar space to the girls in that everyone is doing their own training, albeit in isolation, which is more challenging," he said.
"Certainly holding each other accountable through things like social media is really helping."