The University Interscholastic League released a modified calendar with updated COVID-19 guidelines that will allow some smaller schools to start athletic practices in just a few weeks, while bigger schools will have to wait longer.
In a statement from UIL, the league said COVID-19 is affecting "every community differently," and this schedule will allow "local flexibility."
Many larger schools are in the urban areas where COVID-19 is most prevalent.
"This 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, while providing schools in other areas, primarily 1A-4A, an opportunity to start seasons on schedule," the UIL statement reads.
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UIL also included risk mitigation guidelines, including required face coverings and health screenings before attending or participating in UIL activities.
Schools in Travis County must wait until at least Sept. 7 to begin sports due to local orders.
Despite the modifications, many coaches and football fans seemed happy the season will take place.
"We are happy and excited for our student-athletes. So many kids have worked so hard to prepare for this season, and we are glad there is a detailed plan in place to complete the 2020 Season," Tony Salazar, assistant coach and defensive coordinator for the Westlake High School Chaparrals, told Austonia. His team was last season's football champions.
For those wondering the UIL did reiterate the message today that the intention is to have a #txhsfb season this yea… https://t.co/NqEU06xgvW— Matt Stepp (@Matt Stepp)1595274794.0
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