Be prepared for more wild twists and turns in the coming days as fall sports are set to begin here in Atascosa County and Texas.
I don’t necessarily mean just the coronavirus pandemic. No, I mean a fall sports season that none of us could’ve imagined as the season ended last year.
Because of the coronavirus, we’re likely going to see schools and districts utilize the littleknown rule in the UIL that allows competition every five days for football. In District 14-3A DI, where Jourdanton, Poteet and Lytle reside, they’re anticipating that.
Because of the coronavirus, schedules have already been changed and teams are having to play opponents they haven’t had on the schedule in a while, if ever.
Pleasanton, Jourdanton and Poteet, for example, are set to play each other in the same season for the first time in this millenia, and for the first time in well over half a century.
Because of the coronavirus, stands won’t be packed to the brim for marquee matchups. Games like Pleasanton vs. Jourdanton at the newlyrenovated Eagle Stadium will have, at most, half of the listed 5,500-person capacity and others will have to stream games online, if it is available.
Because of the coronavirus, you’re likely going to see teams forfeit games or maybe even seasons based on orders handed down by local governments.
Teams like San Antonio Randolph and Somerset are rumored to “go rogue” and train outside of their schools in Bexar County so they can play a full season this year, rather than have to miss the front half of their seasons. However, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Tuesday that counties can’t give “sweeping orders closing schools for the sole purpose of preventing future COVID-19 infections.” That means it will be up to individual school districts to make the call of closing their schools or not.
I, for one, am happy about high school sports returning after being gone for 140 days. However, it’s cautious optimism.
We’re still navigating through uncharted waters and it’s an everevolving situation we’re living in. Wash your hands, please wear a mask, keep your distance and let’s get back to sports for good.