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UIL to expand summer strength-conditioning window

The University Interscholastic League on Monday passed an amendment that will allow schools to expand their summer strength and conditioning programs from six weeks to an entire summer, pending approval of the Commissioner of Education.

Under the new policy, schools can conduct two hours of skill instruction per week with a one-hour limit in one given day. The policy, if approved, will take effect May 1, 2019.

The UIL’s legislative council also approved a measure that would require schools to create Emergency Action Plans specific to each venue, report catastrophic injuries during UIL practices and competitions, report when an Automated External Defibrillator is used and require all 6A schools to report concussion incidents to the ConTex quality improvement project.

Also Monday, the UIL:

  • Approved a rule to require marching band participants to complete a medical history/pre-participation physical examination form prior to the first and third years of participation, with the medical history portion to be completed annually (this measure is similar to those for UIL athletes); and
  • Approved the expansion of A+ Music Memory from grades 3-6 to 2-8.

— I.C. Murrell


About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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