UIL extends sports hiatus until May 4

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The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced Thursday that it is extending its suspension of all UIL-sanctioned activities until Monday, May 4, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas.

All contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until further notice.

Fredericksburg Independent School District’s soccer, baseball, softball, track, tennis and golf seasons will be on hold until UIL gives word of a return to play.

This also includes Harper Independent School District, which had the Longhorn Relays scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and are currently competing in baseball, softball, track and field and golf. Academic and music compe

Academic and music competitions are also included in the extended suspension.

Prior to May 4, the UIL will allow its member schools a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur.

Fredericksburg Independent School District athletic director Lance Moffett thinks there’s a chance UIL will allow sports competitions to continue and finish out the seasons through the summer.

“I’m glad they’re not jumping the gun like the NCAA did,” Moffett said. “I’m glad that they’re extending it out and giving us some hope. The think the hope is that we can actually get these school and business closures done and we can hunker down for a period of time so we can flatten the curve (of COVID-19’s spread). By nature, at my position, we have to be more optimistic than pessimistic. I think that gives me hope.”

This means events the district planned on hosting will not be made up, including the Billie Invitational golf tournament, Hill Country Invitational tennis tournament, Carlin Wicker Relays and the middle school district track meet.

The opportunity for district play and beyond for high school and middle school sports is still on the table as of press time Tuesday.

All other UIL decisions remain flexible and will be consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials, a spokesperson for the organization said.

“We are working diligently on contingency plans to conduct state championships in each of the activities that have been suspended,” UIL executive director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said. “While the immediate future is unclear, we are committed to providing these muchdesired activities to all Texas students and will prepare for all possible outcomes, including extended school closures.”

Moffett’s familiarity with the UIL’s decision makers leads him to think they’ll resume play as long as kids can head back to class this semester.

“I think they’re doing the best they can with the most current information,” Moffett said. “I know they’re committed to (playing again) if there’s some form, fashion or way we get to back to school this school year, we’re going to have some form or fashion of competition to finish out the school year on a positive note.”