UIL recommends workout stoppage

Posted 7/7/20

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) recommended July 1 that all schools postpone workouts and practices from July 3 until Monday (July 13) in order to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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UIL recommends workout stoppage


The University Interscholastic League (UIL) recommended July 1 that all schools postpone workouts and practices from July 3 until Monday (July 13) in order to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Here is the UIL’s statement in full:

“In anticipation of the July 4 holiday and the potential for increased social interactions that could spread COVID-19, UIL is recommending schools consider closing summer workouts, rehearsals, practices and instruction between July 3-July 12, resuming Monday, July 13. For schools in areas experiencing community spread of COVID-19, this temporary suspension will reduce risk of exposure and provide an opportunity to review current plans and re-evaluate local context in order to make informed decisions moving forward. UIL will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC and other federal guidance to determine any potential modifications to UIL summer guidelines.”

Madisonville athletes returned to campus for training under strict stipulations June 8, but will follow the UIL’s recommendation.

“We are honoring the UIL recommendation and will return on July 13,” said MCISD Athletic Director Rusty Nail. “The coaches and our trainer, Bridget Chandler, have done and excellent job with planning and carrying out the protocols for checking in and social distancing. We are excited to return and plan everyday for tomorrow until they tell us otherwise.”

North Zulch ISD athletes also returned to campus to resume activities last month, but halted the workouts on their own accord after just a week when it was learned a staff member in the district reportedly had contact with an individual who had recently tested positive for the virus.

The district revealed June 29 that a second staff member was also exposed to an individual who tested positive. District officials determined their 14-day incubation period for anyone possibly exposed to the individual on campus is July 13 in the June 29 press release.

“We have deeply sanitized the campus and buildings,” said Superintendent Alan Andrus in the June 29 press release. “At this time, facilities will be closed until further notice, and all athletic workouts will be canceled until further notice. District employees and students are instructed to continue to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations and to practice social distancing.” 

The UIL also announced last month during its legislative council meeting that it will lift temporary lift is ban on broadcasting live Friday night football games live because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is time for us to stand down our Friday night broadcast rule, but not permanently,” said UIL Executive Director Charles Breithaupt during the legislative council meeting June 17. ““It’s just a one time venture because we know there will be many people who stay away because they are fearful, particularly our elderly and our senior citizens. We want to give them a chance to see the game.”

This will allow schools to broadcast their games via livestream or television, as long as both sides agree. All other sports were already allowed to be streamed live, up until the UIL Championships.

MCISD was already in possession of necessary equipment and will livestream their games through the NFHS Network.

“We have the Pixellot cameras in our gym and stadium already and streamed some of our basketball games last spring,” said Nail. “We used the stadium Pixellot camera to film the graduation ceremony (in May), so we are set with (NFHS) to live stream volleyball and football games next year.”