Multiple outlets reported that the UIL would be announcing its plans for high school sports in Texas on Monday.
UIL Director of Athletics Dr. Susan Elza had the stage on Tuesday during the Texas High School Coaches Association’s annual coaching school and convention, but no announcement came.
Elza opened her segment by saying there would be no major announcement made. The annual convention is being held remotely in light of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier in the day, one of the largest governing bodies outside of Texas announced it would be pushing back its athletic calendar.
The California Interscholastic Federation will have a modified season of sport schedule with a start date that will commence in December 2020 or January 2021.
The CIF added:
“Our calendar reflects the season for each CIF sport and the last date for Section Championships and Regional/State Championships in those sports where a Regional/State Championship is currently offered.”
California joins New Mexico and Washington D.C. that have moved football season to 2021 while Mississippi, Washington, New Jersey and West Virginia have already planned to have a delayed start.
Louisiana’s governing body will not allow football games to happen until the state has reached phase four in reopening.
The Bayou State remains in phase two by order of Gov. John Bel Edwards until at least July 24.
One detail did come out of the THSCA’s virtual convention.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine editor Greg Tepper is reporting that UIL told coaches “they may need to be creative to ensure district contests get played.”
“Creative” could be an interesting concept with multiple districts with Fort Bend County teams not starting the year athletically.
Fort Bend ISD has already said it will start the 2020-21 school year remotely without extracurriculars. The Texas Education Agency will allow districts to start with four weeks of online instruction and up to eight with a waiver.
District games traditionally start week four for the majority of districts with eight teams. Week four falls on the weekend of Sept. 17.
Schools that start online in early August could be returning to practice by that time but won’t be ready with proper practice time for a game.
On top of that, there are teams in Fort Bend County with more than eight teams like District 10-5A DI.
The nine teams in the district start play in week three.
The district features Lamar Consolidated ISD (Foster and Terry), Fort Bend ISD (Hightower and Kempner) and Houston ISD teams that could all have different athletic start dates.
The information provided today appears the UIL is leaning toward playing a season but it will likely not start at the end of August.
At this time there is no timetable for the announcement of the UIL’s plan.