UIL postpones start of Texas 5A-6A high school football season to end of September

The University Interscholastic League has pushed the first games of the Texas high school football season to the end of September due to the coronavirus.

The modifications to the 2020-2021 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines are set to take effect August 1st.

UIL's updated plan provides a delay for schools in highly-populated metro areas, primarily conferences 5A-6A, given the challenges with COVID-19 those communities are facing.

The first day for practice for those schools is September 7th. The date of the first game is September 24th--a month delayed.

Meanwhile, schools in other areas, primarily 1A-4A, have an opportunity to start seasons on schedule.

Their first day of football practices is on August 3rd and its football season will begin on August 27th.

“Our goal in releasing this plan is to provide a path forward for Texas students and schools,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “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 change also affects other fall sports, including volleyball, tennis and cross country.