Fall sports 4A and below remain on schedule

Posted 7/21/20

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has postponed the start of Class 5A and 6A football, volleyball, cross country and team tennis for five weeks, but Classes 4A and below will remain on schedule.

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Fall sports 4A and below remain on schedule

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The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has postponed the start of Class 5A and 6A football, volleyball, cross country and team tennis for five weeks, but Classes 4A and below will remain on schedule.

Madisonville CISD and North Zulch ISD compete in Class 4A and 2A, respectively, and there are currently no deviations from their planned schedules for any of their fall sports.

“These adjustments reflect the public health situation at this time and the varying numbers of COVID-19 cases across different geographic areas of the state,” said the Tuesday press release. “This plan provides a delay for schools in highly-populated metro areas, primarily conferences 5A-6A, given the challenges with COVID-19 those communities are facing, while providing schools in other areas, primarily 1A-4A, an opportunity to start seasons on schedule.”

State championship events for Class 4A and below currently remain on their traditional schedule. Class 5A and 6A fall sports will still participate in full seasons, but will extend through January rather than ending in late December prior to Christmas.

The UIL acknowledges in the press release that not all schools will be able to start on time, stating the plan allows schools to make playing decisions at the local level. The UIL will work directly with schools that have scheduling issues not addressed in their plan to allow flexibility to complete contests.

“Our goal in releasing this plan is to provide a path forward for Texas students and schools,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “While understanding situations change and there will likely be interruptions that will require flexibility and patience, we are hopeful this plan allows students to participate in the education-based activities they love in a way that prioritizes safety and mitigates risk of COVID-19 spread.”

Madisonville’s first football game is scheduled to take place Aug. 28 in Diboll. The Lady Mustangs volleyball team is scheduled to open with an Aug. 7 scrimmage with their first official game coming Aug. 11 at home.

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