May 21, 2020Strength & conditioning programs for Texas high school football may return in June
Football activities on the high school level may return as early as June in the state of Texas. Two state high school sports governing bodies announced on Tuesday, May 19 that strength and conditioning programs can begin in early June, according to a story from MaxPreps.com.
The decision comes in the same week Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reintroduced a plan to reopen most professional and youth sports in the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University Interscholastic League (UIL), the organization that leads all state public schools, reportedly notified its members via email that limited summer conditioning sessions can resume on June 8.
In a tweet from the organization’s account on May 19, the UIL state it “is actively working with appropriate state officials to allow schools to begin limited summer strength and conditioning and marching band activities on June 8. Once finalized, details will be released to schools.”
The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) also announced a football webinar that will kick off its summer conditioning sessions on June 1.
Though the reopening of football activities is certainly a positive sign of moving through the COVID-19 pandemic, teams will still have to adhere to social distancing requirements, and groups would be limited in size and scope.
The decision from Texas falls in line with other states like Indiana and Louisiana that announced some sort of summer athletic activities. On May 8, Indiana became the first state to announce school-sponsored activities returning, but not until July 1. The Louisiana High School Athletic Association also announced its summer workouts would begin on June 8.
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