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Director of Athletics:
Dr. Susan Elza

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Department Phone:
512-471-5883

Department Fax:
512-471-6589

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Darryl Beasley:
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Brandy Belk:
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Brian Polk:
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Hurricane Harvey Information

CLICK HERE FOR ELIGIBIlLITY INFORMATION REGARDING STUDENTS DISPLACED BY HURRICANE HARVEY.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS HURRICANE HARVEY WAIVER

Superintendents and Principals

For those of you impacted by Hurricane Harvey, please know UIL is here to support you as you work to help your communities recover. In the aftermath of the storm, we have received questions from several schools about UIL rules related to practices when a school is not in session.

Schools that are not in session due to Hurricane Harvey may have practices for UIL academic, athletic, and music programs, with local school administration approval. During what would normally be the school week, Monday through Friday, practices shall be limited to a maximum of 13 hours. This includes the eight hours normally allowed by law outside of school, plus sixty minutes per school day that would be allowed during the activity period.

If you have questions about this, or any other UIL questions related to the storm, please feel free to contact the UIL staff at (512) 471-5883.

 

Athletics

For those of you impacted by Hurricane Harvey, please know UIL is here to support you as you work to help your communities recover. In the aftermath of the storm, we have received questions from several schools about UIL rules related to practices when a school is not in session.

Schools that are not in session due to Hurricane Harvey may have practices with local school administration approval. During what would normally be the school week, Monday through Friday, practices shall be limited to a maximum of 13 hours. This includes the eight hours normally allowed by law outside of school, plus sixty minutes per school day that would be allowed during the athletic period. As a reminder for football, during the regular season and post season, football players are not allowed to participate in more than ninety (90) minutes of full contact practice per week.

As a result of the challenges created by Hurricane Harvey, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) has received many inquiries regarding schedules for UIL activities, specifically for volleyball, team tennis and football.

JUNIOR HIGH CROSS COUNTRY, FOOTBALL, AND VOLLEYBALL

With local school administration approval, schools may begin practices and games in these junior high sports prior to resuming classes. For football, the same acclimatization guidelines apply. Schools are allowed to practice a maximum of 13 hours per week. This includes the same 300 minutes per week typically available during the athletics period and the eight hours available outside of the normal school day allowed by state law.

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL / TEAM TENNIS

For schools in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the UIL and the Texas Education Agency will allow an exception to the school week limitation and the calendar week limitation in volleyball and team tennis for varsity district matches only. As such, varsity district matches may be played as an exception to the school week limit and the calendar week limit.

The exception to the school week limit does not apply to any non-district matches, or to any sub-varsity or junior high matches.  Non- district varsity matches, junior high and sub-varsity matches, may be rescheduled as an exception to the calendar week limit with local approval until September 30th.

It is not expected that exceptions to both the school week limitation and the calendar week limitation will be extended beyond September 30th.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

For varsity football games impacted by Hurricane Harvey, UIL will offer an exception to the five-day rule between a scrimmage and a game for varsity games only.

This means varsity teams could play their first game with as little as four days between a scrimmage and their first game. Teams are allowed to participate in a scrimmage until they have played their first game.

This exception to the five day rule does not apply to any sub-varsity or junior high games.

If you have questions about this, or any other UIL questions related to the storm, please feel free to contact the UIL staff at (512) 471-5883.

 

Band

For those of you impacted by Hurricane Harvey, please know UIL is here to support you as you work to help your communities recover. In the aftermath of the storm, we have received questions from several schools about UIL rules related to Marching Band practices when a school is not in session.

Schools that are not in session due to Hurricane Harvey may have Marching Band practices with local school administration approval. During what would normally be the school week, Monday through Friday, practices shall be limited to a maximum of 13 hours. This includes the eight hours normally allowed by law outside of school, plus sixty minutes per school day that would be allowed during the band period.


For those of you impacted by Hurricane Harvey, please know UIL is here to support you as you work to help your communities recover. In the aftermath of the storm, we have received questions from several schools about UIL rules related to Marching Band practices after schools are back in session.

For each calendar week that a school was not in session for 3 or more days due to Hurricane Harvey, UIL is permitting a one week waiver to the UIL rule that limits marching band practice to 8-hours per calendar week outside the school day. This waiver would place affected marching bands under the state law limitation of 8-hours of rehearsal per school week (12:01 AM on the first instructional day of a calendar week through the close of instruction on the last instructional day of the calendar week, excluding holidays). Therefore, with local administration approval, an affected marching band could have practice time on the weekend that is beyond the 8-hours allowed by state law during the school week.

If you have questions about this, or any other UIL questions related to the storm, please feel free to contact the UIL staff at (512) 471-5883.