Will they play again this season?
Can the Uvalde High School spring sports season be salvaged?
Late last week, the University Interscholastic League extended its suspension of sports activities until May 4 because of the health threat caused by the COVID-19 virus.
The suspension of activities began on March 16.
Originally, the suspension was to last for a two-week period, but the suspension was increased an additional five weeks.
In the UIL’s press release, it stated that the UIL is extending its suspension of activities because of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Texas.
Under the suspension, all contests, practices, and workouts are suspended until further notice.
“Everything hinges on if and when classes resume,” said Uvalde High School athletic director R.T. Gonzales.
“Right now, I think we are looking at the possibility of classes resuming in a few weeks. If that happens, the UIL would give our athletes some time to prepare for the start up of play on May 4,” said Gonzales. “At this point, the UIL feels optimistic about the possibility of resuming the spring sports season.
“If the suspension is lifted, there will have to be some scheduling modifications for the regular season and for post-season play,” said Gonzales. “The UIL is looking at several possible plans to complete play for the spring sports, including soccer, baseball, softball, track, golf, and tennis.”
While there have been no practices during the current suspension of UIL-sanctioned sports activities, UHS coaches and athletes have been keeping in touch through video apps.
“We have an app that offers a chance for everyone to stay in touch online,” said Gonzales. “Though we can’t have formal practices, our athletes can work out on their own, while staying in touch with their teammates. This has been important from the standpoint of building team spirit and camaraderie.
“Our approach has been to hope for the best, but to prepare for the worst,” said Gonzales. “We have talked to our athletes about the suspension of games as being a learning experience. Life is full of adversity. How we deal with the adversity is what helps us grow as human beings.
“At this point, the worst-case scenario is that the remainder of the spring season is completely canceled,” said Gonzales. “For the seniors, this is the last chance for most of them to participate. Though some of our kids will go on to play college ball, the vast majority of our senior athletes will wind up their play when this school year ends.
“But at this point, the physical health and well-being of our athletes and coaches is priority one. We want what is best for everyone,” said Gonzales. “We hope to resume school soon and get back to some sort of normalcy, but that all remains to be seen as the coronavirus threat plays out.”