What the High School Football Season Could Look Like
SAN ANGELO, TX – The University Interscholastic League still has failed to shed any light on what the upcoming fall sports programs will look like and what high school football in particular will be.
The UIL was expected to make a statement Monday following the Texas High School Coaching Associations virtual conference but hardly anything came out of it.
It doesn't look like football will be canceled yet. Athletic Director for the UIL Dr. Susan Elza reiterated the intention is to have a high school football season.
With two-a-days scheduled for August 3 the UIL is running out of time to prepare teams on what they will expect in the upcoming season. Some schools are deciding not to return to class until mid-September but many small rural schools in West Texas plan to start on time.
Currently, the UIL has a rule stating players practice a minimum of 11 days before any inter-school play. In football, this means five days for an Acclimatization Period where it is not full contact and then the remaining six days full contact.
Houston ISD will start school on September 8. After the 11 day practice period the district would not be eligible to play their first game until September 24. This is why many expect the UIL to follow the large ISD and suspend the all games except for district play.
For San Angelo Central and The Little Southwest Conference, district play is scheduled to kickoff on September 25 which sets up the Bobcats against the Frenship Tigers. It's all speculation until schools know if they will continue to get pushed back.
If schools played only a district schedule the playoffs could start on Thanksgiving weekend and the State Championships could be on New Year's Day, making the start date for High School Football around Mid-October.
With the NCAA football season looking more doubtful every day this may be the only way football is back for the holiday season.
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