Strategy session

(l-r) Foster coaches Kevin Tinnin, Kenneth Johnson, Wesley Hines, Shaun McDowell and Ryan Tatum talk during a timeout.

By Ryan Dunsmore

The new normal for Texas student-athletes is life without athletics at least until May under the University Interscholastic League’s suspension of actives as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

The UIL has continued to evolve with the ever-changing situation and remained fluid with its rules including instruction.

The UIL announced Monday that it would allow remote learning/coaching of UIL actives through electronic, video or teleconferencing type methods.

On Monday, area schools in Lamar Consolidated ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Needville ISD started an online curriculum to continue education in a classroom structure.

On March 13, the UIL suspended all sanctioned actives and extend that suspension until May 4.

The measures of the suspensions included all contests, practices, rehearsal and workouts during this period, along with closing call campus for activities.

Coaches will be allowed to directly interact and instruct with student-athletes remotely with these new rules.

Schools shall limit instruction for UIL activities to a maximum of eight hours per week per activity, in addition to a maximum of sixty minutes per day Monday through Friday.

For athletic activities that are out of season, schools shall limit remote instruction to a maximum of sixty minutes per day Monday through Friday.

The UIL is still dealing with an abbreviated schedule that will require district certification and postseason for boys basketball, boys and girls soccer, golf, tennis, track and field, softball and baseball. The governing body has not indicated any direction off action toward abbreviated seasons or extending play beyond the traditional academic calendar for the 2019-20 season.

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