Texas high school football spring practice is officially in jeopardy

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Thursday, the University Interscholastic League announced that all Texas high school sports contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until further notice with the earliest a game resuming on May 4th because of COVID-19. This announcement now officially puts spring football practice in jeopardy.

Under UIL rules, 6A and 5A schools can hold spring practice with no more than 18 practice days over a 34 day period. If teams don’t hold spring practices, they can get an extra week of practice in the fall.

With everything being very fluid, it’s very likely that teams will stay on the sidelines until the fall.

Here’s the full news release:

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. 

UIL news release

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