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High school athletes return under new UIL schedule and guidelines

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The UIL today released its updated schedule and guidelines for high school sports this upcoming season. 

As athletes prepare to return, games will be played -- just at a later date than expected. 

"My first thought today, is we're excited we get to play. And that's been our whole goal from the very beginning, you know, when this happened right after spring break," Executive Director for Lubbock ISD Athletics Mike Meeks said.

5A and 6A schools will start practicing after Labor Day. First matches for volleyball are set for September 14, and first games for football on September 24. State championships have also been pushed back by a month. 

Meeks says scheduling and planning for the fall season normally takes place during the spring semester, with ample time. But the pandemic has now delayed the process. 

"We're going to have to do the same in a shorter period of time, but that's okay," he said. "Everything's pretty much done, we just need to adjust some dates with the start times and the certification dates for each sport."

As for small districts, they'll be on a normal timeline with games slated to start in mid-August. 

Slaton ISD Superintendent Jim Andrus says students have been receptive to the changes. 

"We've got great kids. We haven't had any backlash from that at all. Our students are saying 'hey, if that's what we gotta do, we gotta do it.' We're just ready to get back to some sense of normalcy, I think everyone is," he said. 

CDC guidelines and recommendations will still be followed by athletes and coaches. 

"We're going to have to have masks. You know when we're not participating, just like we're doing right now in our summer strength and conditioning all our kids have masks. All our coaches have masks," Meeks said. 

Fans can attend games, with stands limited to 50% capacity. Guidelines for team travel have not been outlined as of yet. 

An outline posted by Texas UIL can be viewed below: 

 

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