After months of wondering about when or if fall sports would be played in 2020, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced that classifications from 4A and below would be allowed to play. Schools in classes 5A and 6A will be pushed back one month.
“Our goal in releasing this plan is to provide a path forward for Texas students and schools,” said UIL Executive Director Charles Breithaupt. “While understanding situations change and there will likely be interruptions that will require flexibility and patience, we are hopeful this plan allows students to participate in the education-based activities they love in a way that prioritizes safety and mitigates risk of COVID-19 spread.”
For all the schools inside the Wharton County coverage zone, teams will practice as planned in August.
“It’s great that we know we’re going to be able to play and we know a start time,” Wharton ISD Athletics Director Chad Butler said. “At least we can all focus on August 3rd and not be in limbo anymore.”
Summer workouts at Wharton ISD were paused while Wharton High School awaited more guidance. Now that the Tigers have a direction that they can return to the field next week in advance of August to ready themselves for the upcoming football season.
“We’re pretty much getting prepared for August 3rd and making sure we have everything in place and everything we need to carry out all the guidelines,” Butler said.
While the UIL moved 5A and 6A, it also left it up to individual local governments. The Houston Independent School District has said it won’t have athletics until October which would cancel the Tigers’ week three game with the Yates Lions. However, Butler said he hasn’t received official confirmation from Yates about what the athletics department has decided.
Sports will be here soon. Despite COVID-19 still being a constant concern in the county and state, Butler said WHS staff members will do their best to keep athletes as safe as possible.
“We’re going to have all the protocols and safety measures in place to keep (parents’) kids safe the best that we can,” Butler said.
WHS football schedule
8/28 (away) Navasota, 9/4 (home) Columbia, 9/11 (home) Yates (up in the air), 9/18 (away) El Campo and 9/25 (home) Stafford. District: 10/9 (away) Bellville, 10/16 (home) Sweeny, 10/23 (away) La Marque, 10/30 (away) Sealy and 11/6 (home) Royal.
All the hard work during offseason strength and conditioning hasn’t been for naught. The Boling Bulldogs will have their first football practice Aug. 3 as originally planned.
Boling ISD Athletics Director Kevin Urbanek told the students who attended a recent morning summer workout, that come August they’ll be playing again.
“They were excited,” Urbanek said. “Everybody from freshmen up are excited. You could see it in the seniors’ faces, ‘Thank God we’ll be able to play.’”
While the Bulldogs aren’t hurt with the move of 5A and 6A schools, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which is the governing body for private schools in the state, said it is going to move the season back one month. The move will cause the Bulldogs to cancel a week one game against Fort Bend Christian if BHS can’t find a replacement.
BHS football schedule
8-28 (home) Fort Bend Christian, 9-4 (away) Van Vleck, 9-11 (home) East Bernard, 9-18 (away) Danbury and 9-25 (home) Brookshire. District: 10-9 (away) Yoakum, 10-16 (home) Hallettsville, 10-23 (away) Hitchcock, 10-30 (home) Hempstead and 11-6 (away) Columbus.