The University Interscholastic League continued to update its response to the outbreak of the coronavirus on Monday, mandating that all athletic practices and workouts conducted outside of the school day be suspended until March 29.
The UIL announced last week that all official contests sanctioned by the organization would be postponed until March 29, but the latest statement extends that to formal team practices, as well as activities such as "open gyms, open facilities and open weight rooms."
Furthermore, all athletic facilities should remain closed until further notice for both non-school and school activities, the UIL said.
With spring football practices scheduled to begin shortly, the organization also addressed that issue. According to the UIL, in the case that spring football is canceled altogether, football workouts would resume on Aug. 3, and teams would be able to add an additional scrimmage.
The suspension of athletics has already created some ripples for winter and spring sports.
The soccer bi-district playoffs, originally scheduled for March 26-28, have been pushed back to April 14. The state championships are now scheduled for April 29-May 2. The deadline for golf and tennis to determine regional qualifiers was also changed. Golf is now April 14, and tennis is April 18.
The Centers for Disease Control, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommended Sunday that for the next eight weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.
Here is the full statement from the UIL:
Athletic Directors and Coaches,
Thank you for your patience as we work to navigate this ever-changing and unprecedented situation. As the situation stands, all UIL contests are suspended through March 29 due to COVID-19. As new information is released, we will continue to make informed decisions and provide amended plans as we have them.
We have received several questions concerning practices and spring football. At this time all practices and workouts conducted outside the school day, as well as spring football, are postponed until March 29. During this time, a school shall not conduct practices or use school facilities or equipment. This means that no practices or workouts outside the school day can be conducted during the time period of March 16 through March 29. School practices include open gyms, open facilities, and open weight rooms. All athletic facilities should remain closed until further notice for both non-school and school activities.
In the case that spring football is canceled altogether, football workouts would resume on August 3rd and teams would be able to add an additional scrimmage.
As this is a rapidly changing situation, please look for future correspondence from UIL. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or contact a UIL athletic staff member.