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UIL extends halt to spring activities

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The chances that University Interscholastic League sanctioned spring activities would resume anytime soon were effectively dashed last week with the organization announcing an extension of the embargo that first went into effect March 16.

At the time, the UIL issued a press release stating, “To support the health and safety of our 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 and practices may be held at the discretion of the local school district.”

The release went on to say that adjustments to the initial stoppage could be made due to the fluid nature of the ongoing pandemic. “The UIL will continue to follow the direction of state and local officials to monitor this situation and will make additional announcements as needed.”

Athletic directors, coaches, student-athletes and parents received a promised update March 19 with the UIL announcing that all sanctioned contests would bae delayed until May 4 at the earliest.

The press release issued March 19 notes, “The 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 4. 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.

“UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt noted, ‘We are working diligently on contingency plans to conduct state championships in each of the activities that have been suspended. 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.”