UIL allowing small schools to start competition on time

Pleasanton’s Alonzo Duran fights off a Beeville Jones tackle during their meeting on Nov. 1, 2019. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The University Interscholastic League announced on Tuesday, July 21, that schools classified as a 4A or below can begin their athletics on time this fall.

The plan says schools in Conferences 1A-4A can begin practices on Aug. 3 and start games on Aug. 10 for volleyball and Aug. 27 for football. Team Tennis and Cross Country can begin matches and meets on Aug. 17. Pleasanton, Jourdanton, Poteet, Charlotte, Lytle and McMullen County all fall under those categories. Conferences 6A and 5A will begin practice on Sept. 7 and games on Sept. 24.

The UIL said in a press release that their plan “allows for local flexibility and encourages districts to plan for possible interruptions in order to complete district seasons.”

“Our goal in releasing this plan is to provide a path forward for Texas students and schools,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “While understanding situations change and there will likely be interruptions that will require flexibility and patience, we are hopeful this plan allows students to participate in the education-based activities they love in a way that prioritizes safety and mitigates risk of COVID-19 spread.”

The UIL also added the plan gives authority to local school districts and District Executive Committees to move forward with any plans should there be any interruptions in the season, noting the fluid situation that is the coronavirus pandemic.

The scheduling difference between 4A-1A and 6A-5A, and the delay from TAPPS, the state’s largest governing body of private schools, creates a challenge for local schools, though.

Pleasanton was scheduled to play San Antonio Edison (5A) in week 1 and Antonian Prep (TAPPS). Jourdanton was slated to face Eagle Pass Winn (5A) in week 5. Charlotte was scheduled to face Texas Military Institute and St. Gerrard, both TAPPS schools, in their final two non-district games. Jourdanton is looking for a game to fill their non-district finale and it’s believed Pleasanton and Charlotte will look for the same.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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