Spring Sports Remain In Balance

Austin, TX – The UIL has amended its most recent announcement concerning the resumption of high school spring sports in the state.  The resume date for a possible return to the field has been removed for the first time since the pandemic began.

The University Interscholastic League had earlier stated May 4 was a possible date for school competition to resume, with practice starting in the weeks prior. Now the UIL is adopting a wait-and-see approach.

Texas governor Greg Abbott announced earlier this week that all schools in the state would be closed through May 4 as the spread of COVID-19 increases, which forced the UIL to reexamine its return date.  Until the state, country, and global community can get a hand on the coronavirus, the “stay-at-home” policy will continue to be advised to all Texans.

In a league news release, it states, “In accordance with the Executive Order issued by Governor Greg Abbott mandating schools remain temporarily closed through Monday, May 4, 2020 due to COVID-19, the UIL is further modifying contingency plans and extending its previously announced timeline for completing UIL activities this academic school year.  As that date approaches, UIL will monitor all available information and provide member schools with more specific guidance on district and post-season date adjustments related to this new extension.”

In conjunction with the now indefinite suspension of play, all practices will remain suspended, along with the closure of all high school athletic facilities for organized use.  The boys state basketball tournament was stopped after four semifinal games, so no championship game to crown the best of each classification happened.

The high school soccer regular season had one week remaining at the time of suspension.  Their playoffs were also put on hold indefinitively.  Baseball, softball, tennis, golf, and track and field have also had their seasons waiting to resume along with academic, music and theater competitions.

The UIL says all students will be granted a proper acclimation period for practice and rehearsals prior to the return to competition… should a resumption were to happen.  All decisions remain flexible and will be consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials.

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