UIL sports suspended until March 31

Tomorrow begins the second week of a suspension of sports activities made by the University Interscholastic League.

On March 13, the UIL announced a two-week ban on activities because of the COVID-19 virus health threat. Under the original suspension period was to last until March 29.

But on Thursday, the UIL extended the suspension period to May 4.

The UIL will allow its member schools a reasonable acclimatization period for practices to occur. According to the UIL, 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 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.”

As of Friday, when this edition of the newspaper was printed, there were no updates issued by the UIL addressing the suspension of activities.

See the Uvalde Leader-News Facebook page for possible updates between now and Thursday’s edition of the Leader-News.

Earlier last week, the UIL had announced schedule adjustments for district certifications and post-season playoff schedules, but with the extension of the suspension to May 4, the schedule will have to be revised.

The district executive committee for each of the districts across the state is responsible for determining all district schedules, meets, and tournament dates, along with determining procedures for deciding post-season district representatives.

At the time that sports activities were suspended, District 28-5A was near the end of the season for soccer, but not quite at the halfway point in baseball and softball.

Golf and tennis were approaching district tournament play, while there were a few pre-district track meets to be conducted.

Under the original district golf schedule, the District 28-5A girls’ tourney was set for tomorrow and Tuesday.

The boys’ golf tourney was scheduled for March 30-31.

District 28-5A tennis tournament action was  set for April 2-3.

Thus far, six District 28-5A softball games have been played, while four district baseball games have been played.

At present, plans for remaining district action for baseball, softball, soccer, golf, tennis, and track have yet to be determined.

It is possible that the remainder of the spring sport seasons could be canceled and that the UIL’s suspension date of May 4 could be further extended.

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