The University Interscholastic League modified several schedules for athletics to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, but also moved the marching band schedule for all schools in the state.
Marching bands will have to wait until Sept. 7 to begin working on their shows, as most schools will be delayed in on-campus learning.
The regional contest for 2A, 4A and 6A schools must be completed by Dec. 3. The area marching contest for local 2A, 4A and 6A schools, scheduled to be on Oct. 24 at Alvin Freedom Stadium, has been moved to no later than Dec. 10.
Meanwhile, the area contests for 3A and 5A schools must be done by Dec. 10 and the area contest must be done by Dec. 12. Local schools would have had their area contest on Oct. 31 at Katy’s Legacy Stadium.
The state marching band contests, originally scheduled for early November at the Alamodome in San Antonio, now will be held in December on a date to be announced later. Foster’s marching band qualified for the state contest last year and Fulshear qualified in 2018.
The UIL also announced new mitigation guidelines for practices in performance areas, band halls, locker rooms and other settings. It includes making hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes available, social distancing as much as possible, cleaning and disinfecting all equipment in storage, wearing face coverings in all areas except the showers, and discouraging sharing food and other items.
The UIL will allow fans, bands, cheerleaders and drill teams to athletic games, but they must remain separate from the participants and fans throughout the game and they must also wear face masks. Also, band members must be 10 feet away from fans and spectators in the stands.
Concession stands will also be allowed to operate, but they should be regularly cleaned and disinfected after each person leaves. Also, stands should avoid leaving condiments and silverware unattended. The UIL recommends providing them by request and individually wrapped.