The largest public high schools in Texas had their football schedules pushed back by a month, the University Interscholastic League announced with a revised schedule on Tuesday.
Initially scheduled to begin practicing Aug. 3, https://sites.google.com/view/comptiacs0-001dumpspdf/home schools in the 5A and 6A classification will now begin on Sept. 7. Those schools can have their first games starting Sept. 24, and championship games will be pushed back into January.
Schools in smaller classifications can begin practicing Aug. 3 and playing games Aug. 27, with championships in mid-December.
The focus on larger schools is aimed at those in metropolitan areas where coronavirus cases are surging amid the pandemic.
Texas has seen a spike in cases over the last month-plus, including several days last week with more than 10,000 new cases. As of Monday, the state said it had more than 330,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths.
UIL executive director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said in a statement: “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.”
The state of California, which is mostly limiting schools to online classes, has already indicated it won’t begin fall sports until December.