UIL cancels spring activities, state championships

AUSTIN (FanstandATX.com) — Following Friday’s announcement from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that Texas schools will stay closed for the remainder of the school year, the University Interscholastic League is canceling all of its remaining activities for the season.

“Our staff had been working hard on plans to resume activities this spring, but without schools in session, interscholastic activities cannot continue,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “Our highest priority during this challenging time is ensuring the health and safety of our students and communities and making progress in the containment of COVID-19 in Texas. We are now turning our attention to the 2020-2021 school year.”

Friday, Gov. Abbott said that based on consultations with medical advisors, it would be unsafe for the state’s schools to resume in-person classes any time in the foreseeable future.

Per the UIL’s guidance, practices, rehearsals, and workouts remain suspended until further notice. The UIL says it will continue to follow the direction of state authorities and will work closely with member schools to navigate this unprecedented time.

“I am grateful to the UIL staff for their leadership and dedication to students,” said UIL Legislative Council Chair Curtis Rhodes. “Together we will get through this and we look forward to the day students are once again able to participate in education-based interscholastic activities.”