UIL extends suspension of athletic events to May 4th

Team practices and workouts intended to resume in advance

The LEE boys soccer team huddles after a victory over Madison in early March.
The LEE boys soccer team huddles after a victory over Madison in early March.

AUSTIN – With all collegiate athletics cancelling spring sports outright, there has been plenty of trepidation around the status of springs sports at the high school level and their respective state championships.

On Thursday, local teams were given some clarity.

After initially announcing that spring sports would be allowed to resume on March 29th, the UIL has decided to extend its suspension of all activities due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now, games will be allowed to resume on Monday, May 4. For context, the UIL State soccer tournament was originally rescheduled for the week prior to that date (April 29 - May 2). No specific dates for the spring state championships -- including the resumption of the boys basketball tournament -- have been released yet.

Below is the full press release from the UIL website.

UIL PRESS RELEASE, March 19th, 2020 -- The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is extending its suspension of all UIL sanctioned activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas. All contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until further notice.

At this time, the earliest games and contests may resume is Monday, May 4th. Prior to this date, the UIL will allow its member schools a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur. All decisions remain flexible and will be consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials.

“We are working diligently on contingency plans to conduct state championships in each of the activities that have been suspended,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “While the immediate future is unclear, we are committed to providing these much-desired activities to all Texas students and will prepare for all possible outcomes, including extended school closures.”

The UIL will continue to provide timely, ongoing updates and is reassessing this ever-changing situation daily. Please continue to check the UIL website and social media accounts for further updates

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