Events, rehearsals, practices, workouts suspended until March 29
AUSTIN–As the entire sports world comes to a stop, to support the health and safety of students and communities, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is suspending all UIL-sanctioned contests due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Texas. Effective March 16, all UIL interscholastic competition is suspended through March 29.
Rehearsals, practices and workouts have also been suspended until March 29.
“We are urging our member schools and their communities to stay vigilant and take every possible precaution to remain safe and healthy,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “We understand there is a lot of uncertainty during this unprecedented time. Please know UIL leadership is working diligently to adjust to this rapidly evolving situation and will share updates as soon as possible.”
Junior High sports are under the same restrictions as high school sports but will not qualify for exceptions to the school week or calendar week limitation upon resumption of play.
At this time all practices and workouts conducted outside the school day, as well as spring football, are postponed until March 29.
During this time, a school shall not conduct practices or use school facilities or equipment. This means that no practices or workouts outside the school day can be conducted during the time period of March 16 through March 29.
School practices include open gyms, open facilities and open weight rooms. All athletic facilities should remain closed until further notice for both non-school and school activities.
In the case that spring football is canceled altogether, football workouts would resume on Aug. 3 and teams would be able to add an additional scrimmage.
If school is not in session for a full calendar week or more, all students are academically eligible.
Once activities resume, UIL will allow for an exception to the school week limitation for varsity district contests in soccer, tennis, softball and baseball.
The District Executive Committee (DEC) is responsible for determining all district schedules, meets and tournaments dates, along with determining procedures for deciding post-season district representatives.
As this is a fluid situation, the UIL will continue to follow the direction of state and local officials to monitor this situation and will make additional announcements as needed.
Please continue to check uiltexas.org and social media accounts for further updates concerning the developing COVID-19/Texas high school sports situation.