The University Interscholastic League acknowledged Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott’s May 18 press conference where sporting events can return on May 31 without fans and released an update that will allow …
The University Interscholastic League acknowledged Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott’s May 18 press conference where sporting events can return on May 31 without fans and released an update that will allow team activities to resume on a limited basis.
“UIL is aware of Gov. Abbott’s May 18 announcement and is actively working with appropriate state officials to allow schools to begin limited summer strength and conditioning and marching band activities on June 8,” a tweet from the UIL account said Tuesday afternoon.
UIL Director of Athletics Susan Eliza also released a statement to athletic directors and head coaches saying communication with more details will be coming, hopefully in the next few days.
“As soon as we have the details of that plan, we will release them to schools to allow time to plan and prepare for bringing students back to campus for these purposes,” said Elza later Tuesday afternoon. “We hope to have those details released to you this week.”
The UIL previously canceled all remaining spring activities and winter championships on April 17 and have said they have been working diligently toward a resumption plan. The next UIL Legislative Council meeting will be held on June 16 and 17 via zoom and live streamed on the UIL YouTube page.
Tompkins head football coach/athletic coordinator Todd McVey said he felt encouraged by the UIL’s announcement but remains cautious until the rest of the plan is released.
“All I heard today was they’ll look at it and now we wait on the details,” McVey said in a May 19 interview. “I’m not making any plans until we get some details and tell us what we can do, because then you’ll just start overthinking things. We’ve been patient for how many months now? We can be patient a little longer and get the details and make sure we’re doing right by the kids.”