UIL Calendar Changes - July 21 2020

UIL Pushes Start Of Athletics/Fine Arts Fall Activities For 5A/6A
Posted on 07/21/2020
This is the image for the news article titled UIL Pushes Start Of Athletics/Fine Arts Fall Activities For 5A/6AThe University Interscholastic League announced changes Tuesday to the 2020-2021 extracurricular calendar that has a direct effect on Marshall ISD Athletic and Fine Arts programs.

Due to the ongoing pandemic with COVID-19, the UIL announced that the starting dates for schools in the Class 5A and Class 6A classifications will be pushed back for all fall sports and fine arts programs. As of Tuesday, schools in the smaller classifications of 1A-4A will be unaffected and are approved to begin their seasons as previously scheduled.

The modifications to the 2020-2021 UIL calendar affect Marshall directly. The official first day of practice for football and volleyball is now September 7, which is Labor Day. Volleyball can begin playing games a week later, on September 14, while the official UIL-starting date for football games is pushed back to September 24.

Lady Mav Volleyball was originally scheduled to begin August 10, while Maverick Football's first game was scheduled for August 28. Volleyball state championships for 5A-6A will be December 11-12, while Football state championships have been pushed back to January at a date to be determined.

Marshall Athletic Director Jake Griedl was meeting via Zoom with other district ADs and coaches Tuesday afternoon to discuss modified schedules. The Mavs' scheduled non-district football games with New Caney, Longview and Carthage will either be rescheduled or cancelled according to the new calendar.

For marching band, the first day the Big Red Pride can begin their Contest Show Visual/Marching Curriculum is September 7. Region Contest deadline is pushed back to December 10, and Area Contest deadline is now December 12.

A UIL press release said the following regarding the changes:

"The modifications to the 2020-2021 calendar differ by activity and conference and can be found on the UIL website (www.uiltexas.org). These adjustments reflect the public health situation at this time and the varying numbers of COVID-19 cases across different geographic areas of the state. 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. Acknowledging the situation is not always clear-cut and that COVID-19 affects every community differently, the plan also allows for local flexibility and encourages districts to plan for possible interruptions in order to complete district seasons."
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