AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University Interscholastic League is expected to meet on Monday to further discuss the plans for fall athletics and extracurricular activities in Texas. The conversations among UIL officials have been happening throughout the summer, yet a concrete plan hasn’t been announced as officials monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Friday, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) announced it would push the start of fall sporting events until late September with current conditions of coronavirus in the state.
In a release, TAPPS says players will be allowed to return to practice on Sept. 8. Volleyball and individual sports can start play on Sept. 21. Football and fall soccer is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 28.
Last week, with rising COVID-19 cases in Texas, school districts, athletic directors and health officials jumped ahead of the UIL, calling for a pause on fall sports plans. An Austin-Travis County health order mandated all schools to remain 100% virtual for at least the first three weeks of the fall 2020 semester — until after Sept. 7.
Within that announcement, health officials are requiring extracurricular sports and activities for Austin-Travis County schools to be suspended until school systems re-open for on-campus instruction, the order states.
The health order essentially covers all of the Austin, Westlake, Pflugerville and Lake Travis schools — along with a portion of the Round Rock and Leander schools. The UIL allowed athletic programs to resume summer strength and conditioning workouts in June as long as health protocols were in place. Restrictions were eased last week, allowing students to participate in one-on-one drills and locker room access.
After local health officials issued the order, Round Rock ISD decided to stop its summer workout programs until further notice.