UIL announces new plan for 2020-2021 calendar

by | Jul 23, 2020 | Sports

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) came out with a revised calendar and COVID-19 guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday.

The new plan differs depending on the activity and conference. The changes are meant to follow the health situations across the different geographic areas of Texas.

Conferences 1A-4A will start activities on time, with volleyball and football practices beginning on Aug. 3. Volleyball games will start on Aug. 10 and football will commence on Aug. 27. Tennis and cross country will both start on Aug. 17.

It’s a different case for 5A-6A. Schools in these conferences will suffer a significant delay in fall athletics and activities. 5A-6A volleyball and football practices will not begin until Sept. 7 with volleyball games not starting until Sept. 14. Football will have to wait even longer—Sept. 24 is the set day for games to begin.

Marching band also experiences a delay as they will have to wait until Sept. 7 to begin contest preparation.

Additionally, new risk mitigation guidelines for the 2020-2021 calendar were released. Under Executive Order GA-29, face coverings will be required for all employees, parents, visitors, and students ages ten and older when not participating in any activity or athletics.

Health screenings will be required before attending or participating in activities. Staff must self-screen for any symptoms of COVID-19 before participating or entering any event. Parents are to not send any student that exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 to UIL activities until at least three days have passed since recovery.

“Our goal in releasing this plan is to provide a path forward for Texas students and schools,” UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said in a press release on Tuesday. “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.”

For more stories like this, see July 23 issue or subscribe online.

From Staff Reports • [email protected]

 

0 Comments

Related News

Lady Panthers improve to 3-1 in district

Lady Panthers improve to 3-1 in district

The Princeton Lady Panthers continued their hot start in district competition after beating The Colony 48-39 on Tuesday night. Both teams kept it close through the first two quarters, with Princeton leading 14-12 after one quarter. However, it was The Colony who took...

read more
Princeton edges out The Colony

Princeton edges out The Colony

District 10-5A competition resumed after its brief hiatus for the holidays. After losing their opening district contest to Lovejoy, Princeton bounced back and edged out a 50-48 overtime victory against The Colony on Tuesday Jan. 4. Princeton had to mount a comeback...

read more
Princeton sports year in review

Princeton sports year in review

Princeton High School experienced highs and lows during the 2021 sports season. PHS teams recorded several district titles, postseason awards, state medalists and long playoff runs despite a year peppered with cancellations due to the pandemic and unforeseen...

read more
Panthers fall to Lovejoy

Panthers fall to Lovejoy

The Princeton boys basketball team lost their district opener to Lovejoy 69-54. They kept it close early on, leading by two points at the end of the first quarter. Lovejoy outscored Princeton 19-12 in the second quarter and led 31-26 at halftime. The Leopards extended...

read more
Princeton pushing for growth in 2022

Princeton pushing for growth in 2022

After two seasons without an experienced roster, the Princeton boys soccer team is growing and maturing. Now with a team packed with junior and senior players, this year may be different. PHS coach Kent Ackmann said he is excited to see that maturity lead to more...

read more
Lady Panthers defeat Lovejoy

Lady Panthers defeat Lovejoy

In their final game before the holiday break, the Lady Panthers defeated Lovejoy 51-38 to earn their second straight district win. They got off to a slow start early on, trailing 10-8 at the end of the first quarter. Princeton tied it up at halftime 21-21 after...

read more
Lady Panthers ready for playoff push

Lady Panthers ready for playoff push

The Princeton girls soccer team enters the 2022 campaign with renewed confidence despite their recent struggles. They will begin play Jan. 3 at Farmersville in the Battle of 380. Pre-district tournaments on this year’s schedule include the Princeton Cup Jan. 13-15 and...

read more
Lady Panthers lose to McKinney North

Lady Panthers lose to McKinney North

In their district opener, the Lady Panthers can't overcome a slow start as they lose 61-47 to McKinney North Tuesday night. Princeton struggled to score in the first quarter, being held to nine points. Meanwhile, McKinney North led by 10 points at the end of the...

read more
Lady Panthers lose to Krum

Lady Panthers lose to Krum

The Lady Panthers lost their final pre-district game in overtime Friday night. They built a 27-23 lead at halftime after finding success with their transition defense. Krum bounced back in the third quarter, outscoring Princeton 12-4 to build a four-point...

read more
Lady Panthers finish third in national tournament

Lady Panthers finish third in national tournament

The Lady Panthers traveled to El Paso last weekend to compete in the McDonald’s Classic Tournament. Unlike their previous tournaments, Princeton (7-7) had the opportunity to face teams from across the nation, including the top girls basketball recruits. They opened...

read more