UIL issues guidelines for summer conditioning, marching band practice
The University Interscholastic League released Friday guidelines that allow limited summer strength and conditioning and marching band practice beginning on June 8 as restrictions ordered to stem the spread of COVID-19 are eased.
“Schools may use discretion when considering whether or not to offer in-person programs, and areas of the state facing COVID-19 related challenges should consult with local health officials to determine what additional restrictions, if any, should be added to these guidelines,” the UIL said in a press release.
Schools that do decide to offer in-person activities should proceed “carefully and with vigilance, ensuring safety requirements outlined in this approach are closely adhered to in order to mitigate risk,” the UIL said.
“We are cautiously optimistic about beginning summer strength and conditioning programs and marching band practices that safely allow students to get back to working with their coaches and directors in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year,” UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said.
“While we are eager to resume UIL activities, we must do so carefully, deliberately and with an understanding that major adjustments are needed to ensure safety. The requirements outline an approach designed to help schools mitigate risk while ensuring students are physically prepared to return to activities in the fall, should state and federal guidelines allow.”