UIL recommending schools to shut down workouts until July 13

Published 10:18 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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With the July 4 holiday this coming weekend, the University Interscholastic League is recommending schools to shut down summer workouts until July 13.

The original strength and conditioning schedule put out by the UIL called for periods of no activity on July 3, July 7-8 and July 20-21.

The UIL released this statement Wednesday evening:

“In anticipation of the July 4 holiday and the potential for increased social interactions that could spread COVID-19, UIL is recommending schools consider closing summer workouts, rehearsals, practices and instruction between July 3-July 12, resuming Monday, July 13.

For schools in areas experiencing community spread of COVID-19, this temporary suspension will reduce risk of exposure and provide an opportunity to review current plans and re-evaluate local context in order to make informed decisions moving forward.

Schools will be allowed to include limited access to locker rooms and drills that include one or more students on offense versus one or more students on defense beginning July 13. Schools should consider their local conditions and plan carefully for allowing these activities. UIL will be posting updated summer activities information related to this in the coming days.

UIL will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC and other federal guidance related to COVID-19 to determine any potential modifications to UIL summer guidelines.

Additionally, UIL is aware of an alternative athletics calendar that was distributed to some UIL member schools recently. Please know that any information proposing alternatives to the UIL calendar have no affiliation and are not authorized by UIL. Any information from UIL will be handled in the same manner as it has been, with official notification first sent to superintendents and school administrators, and then to the media and general public.

We appreciate the diligence shown by our UIL coaches across the state to help mitigate the risks and spread of COVID-19. The intentional and proactive work of school coaches is, has been, and will continue to be, critical as we work to resume UIL activities.