The University Interscholastic League has made changes to its strength and conditioning guidelines dealing with COVID-19.
The UIL eliminated the 20-to-1 student to staff ratio, effective immediately, and raised the indoor capacity of students from 25% to 50%, effective on June 22. Group size can be increased from 15 students to 25 after June 22.
Any equipment used in workouts “should” be thoroughly disinfected before and after use, when the UIL earlier said that it “must” be disinfected in the earlier guidelines.
Also beginning on June 22, students working out indoors may work in groups no larger than 15 people.
The guidelines currently say that groups may be no larger than 10 students.
Also, guidelines were also changed for marching bands, allowing an increase of indoor capacity to 50% and removing limits on group sizes, effective immediately.
But the UIL has kept the basic rules of social distancing, no shared equipment or towels to be used and plenty of hand sanitizer must be available.
“The UIL continues to work closely with state officials as we consider appropriate further revisions to our plans. We will communicate any changes in these plans as they are available,“ a statement from the UIL said.
The changes come as the Texas Education Agency also updated its information on non-UIL activities for cheerleaders, drill teams and non-marching band music groups.
Those guidelines are available at https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/covid19-Training-and-Conditioning-Guidance-for-Non-UIL-Activities.pdf.
Meanwhile, Fort Bend ISD students can begin its summer conditioning programs on Wednesday.
Chief of Schools Joe Rodriguez said at Monday’s board of trustees meeting that the district wanted to wait a couple of days to begin restarting athletic activities.
Rodriguez said the two-day delay was to get further clarification from the UIL and align the district’s recommendations with those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
FBISD guidelines include having a 15-to-1 student to staff ratio, 10 feet of distance between people when outdoors and exercizing, a 25% indoor capacity and daily screening of students for symptoms.
While FBISD athletics will begin summer conditioning, marching band activities will return in phases beginning on July 16.