VISD football, volleyball seasons start delayed

UIL delays start of 6A, 5A football seasons

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The VISD football season gets delayed for the second time in two days.

On Tuesday, the University Interscholastic League announced Class 6A and Class 5A schools – the state’s two largest classifications – will have the start of practice pushed back from Aug. 3 to Sept. 7. The first week of games will be Sept. 24-26, instead of the originally scheduled Aug. 27-29.

That means the playoffs won’t start until Dec. 3 and the state championship games will be pushed to a date to be determined in January.

“The bigger areas are the ones that are harder hit,” said VISD Athletic Director Spencer Gantt, addressing the changes. “So, your 5A, 6A schools are generally the cities that are hardest hit by COVID. Their hands were tied.”

Volleyball teams will also start practice Sept. 7 and the first day of games will be Sept. 14.

“Our goal in releasing this plan is to provide a path forward for Texas students and schools,” UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said in a press release. “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 schedules for the smaller schools in the state remains unchanged.
In a press release, the UIL said it “will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC and other federal guidance to determine any potential modifications that may become necessary.”
The UIL’s plan also allows for fans to attend games and events with a maximum 50 percent capacity and a requirement that all spectators older than 10 must wear a face covering.