AUSTIN — The University Interscholastic League is extending its suspension of all UIL sanctioned activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas.

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

At this time, the earliest games and contests may resume is Monday, May 4th.

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

All decisions remain flexible and will be consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials.

“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 much-desired activities to all Texas students and will prepare for all possible outcomes, including extended school closures.”

The UIL will continue to provide timely, ongoing updates and is reassessing this ever-changing situation daily. Please continue to check the UIL website and social media accounts for further updates.

(The UIL website is www.uiltexas.org)

In an email to school superintendents earlier Thursday, UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison stated the organization’s desire to complete the competitions already begun.

“We will be providing more guidance on district and post-season date adjustments related to this extension in the coming days,” Harrison wrote in the email. “We will be as flexible as possible to help you complete district competitions and provide your students with all of the benefits that come from competition. Please do not begin to make plans for district competition prior to receiving this additional information.”

Harrison said the UIL will continue to closely monitor developments and should further adjustments be required, the UIL will develop plans and communicate them to school administrators “as quickly as we can.”

The UIL announced last week it was suspending activities until March 29, and later included practices Monday.

The UIL had completed the girls basketball state finals, with the boys tournament having played just four of 12 semifinal games — Class A and 3A — and all six state title games still to be played when the UIL reschedules them.

Other sports still needing to finish before the school year is complete include: soccer, tennis, golf, track and field, softball and baseball.

NOTE: Carthage High School is currently second in Class 4A in the Lone Star Cup Standings, 10 points behind first-place Argyle.

Argyle had 44 points and Carthage and Canyon are tied for second with 34.

UIL competitions completed through Jan. 8 — team tennis, volleyball, marching band, cross country, robotics BEST and football — are used to determine the leaders.

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