Bulletin Staff Report
On the recommendation of Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, and in consultation with Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott, the University Interscholastic League is altering its schedule of events due to the outbreak of the swine flu in Texas. Effective Wednesday, all UIL interscholastic competition was suspended until May 11.
“The health and safety of our student activity participants is of the utmost importance, ” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “Taking every possible precaution to prevent the further spreading of this disease is an important contribution to the welfare of our great state, and altering the schedule of our events is a way to keep our participants safe. ”
As this is a fluid situation, the UIL tentatively released the following schedule for UIL regional and state events affected by this situation:
Regional Track Meets
All UIL regional track meets originally scheduled for this weekend, May 1-2, have been cancelled. The state track and field meet will be extended to a three-day format to include semifinal heats. The meet is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 14 through Saturday, May 16.
Semifinal qualifiers will be based on the district track meet results. Each region will be represented at the state meet by the top four performances in each event for all conferences. Hand-held times will be converted to fully automatic times as defined by the National Federation of State High School Association rules.
A revised track and field state meet schedule will be posted on the UIL Web site no later than Friday, May 1. Qualifiers to the UIL state track and field meet will be posted on the UIL Web site on Wednesday, May 6.
The UIL golf state tournament will take place at the previously scheduled times beginning May 11.
Tennis State Tournament
The UIL tennis state tournament will take place at the previously scheduled times beginning May 11.
Baseball and Softball
No interschool games will take place until May 11 for either softball or baseball.
Below is the revised schedule:
District Certification - April 28
Bi-District Deadline - May 16 (one game or 2 out of 3)
Area Deadline - May 19 (one game only)
Regional Quarterfinal Deadline - May 23 (one game or 2 out of 3)
Regional Semifinal Deadline - May 26 (one game only)
Regional Final Deadline - May 30 (one game or 2 out of 3)
State Tournament - June 4-6
District Certification - May 19
Bi-District Deadline - May 23 (one game or 2 out of 3)
Area Deadline - May 26 (one game only)
Regional Quarterfinal Deadline - May 30 (one game or 2 out of 3)
Regional Semifinal Deadline - June 2 (one game only)
Regional Final Deadline - June 6 (one game or 2 out of 3)
State Tournament - June 10-13