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UIL: Competition suspended until further notice

The University Interscholastic League announced on Thursday that competition, practices and rehearsals for all UIL-sanctioned programs that had been suspended until March 30 will now remain suspended until further notice.

The earliest that competition may be allowed to continue is Monday, May 4. The UIL will permit a reasonable “acclimatization period” before May 4 to allow for rehearsals and practices to occur.

UIL director of athletics Susan Elza stressed in a letter release Thursday to school superintendents that information is limited and that the UIL is following directives and orders from federal and state governments closely.

“Please know that we realize you are looking for clarity in this uncertain time,” Elza said. “Unfortunately, we simply do not have enough information at this moment to provide you with a detailed plan for moving forward with UIL activities. As soon as we have more information on when schools will resume operations, we will quickly respond with a detailed plan for resuming UIL competitions.”

Elza said that the UIL remains committed to allowing all competitive seasons currently in suspension to complete their seasons.

“While the immediate future is unclear, we will continue to develop contingency plans and prepare for all possible outcomes, including extended school closures,” Elza said. “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.

“We will continue to closely monitor developments as they occur. Should further adjustments be required, we will develop new plans and communicate them to you as quickly as we can.”