While Texas high school athletes continue to stay at home, athletes in Louisiana will be able to begin workouts for the fall in a few weeks.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association announced this week that high school athletic teams in the state can begin summer workouts on June 8.
Under Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Phase 2 plan to reopen the state, it would allow beginning on June 5 for groups of 25 to begin training. This includes limited physical activity sports such as baseball, cheerleading, volleyball and softball. Football players can conduct weight-training and other non-contact exercises.
The LHSAA’s executive committee unanimously approved the summer programs to begin in June.
Meanwhile in Texas, the University Interscholastic League is still in a holding pattern after cancelling all activities for the spring semester.
While Gov. Greg Abbott has reopened much of the state, the UIL has remained silent about when it will allow student-athletes to begin organized workouts.
Earlier this month, the UIL did approve to allow relaxing some restrictions on coaches to allow them to have contact with players over the summer.
UIL executive director Charles Breithaupt said in a meeting on May 1 that he is hoping to allow summer workouts, but is also preparing for other plans if schools are forced to delay opening past August.
“We are hoping beyond hope that we can start resuming starting this summer,” he said. “We’re also preparing if we have to start and stop again. God forbid if that happens, but if it does, our staff will be up to the task.”
Breithaupt also said that he will look at how the professional sports leagues will plan to resume their workouts and games before he will make plans for UIL fall sports to begin its workouts.