High School Sports

UIL permitting remote coaching of activities

By DENNIS SILVA II, Times Sports Editor
Posted 3/23/20

The University Interscholastic League, the state’s governing body for high school athletics, announced Monday evening it is permitting remote learning/coaching of activities through electronic, video or teleconferencing methods.

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High School Sports

UIL permitting remote coaching of activities

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The University Interscholastic League, the state’s governing body for high school athletics, announced Monday evening it is permitting remote learning/coaching of activities through electronic, video or teleconferencing methods.

Schools are to limit instruction for UIL activities to a maximum of eight hours per week per activity, in addition to a maximum of sixty minutes per day Monday through Friday.

For athletic activities that are out of season, schools are to limit remote instruction to a maximum of sixty minutes per day Monday through Friday.

On Monday, most school districts, including Katy ISD, initiated online learning programs so students could resume classes. The programs last between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

On March 19, the UIL extended its initial suspension of activities, which had been March 16-29, because of precautions for novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. The earliest games may now resume is May 4. Coaches are not allowed to be in close physical proximity to student-athletes during the suspension and campuses are closed.

With Monday’s announcement, coaches will now be allowed to communicate and instruct student-athletes remotely.

Because of reduced calendar dates, there are expected to be modifications in qualifying structures and timelines for district and postseason events for the sports seasons that have yet to be completed at this point (boys basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, baseball, softball and track and field).

The UIL staff is working to confirm regional and state facility availability.

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