The University Interscholastic League which oversees high school athletics in Texas has announced that they have pushed back the start of the fall sports seasons for 5A and 6A schools while the season for schools in division 1A-4A remain unchanged.

The football season for Conference 5A-6A can now start on September 24 while the volleyball season can begin on September 14.

For Conference 1A-4A, the start of the football season remains August 27 and for volleyball it stays as August 10.

For parents of students in band, the first day a campus can begin their marching curriculum is September 7 according to UIL, although that will be need to be pushed back a day to September 8 for El Paso schools so they can adhere to the local health order.

This is a bit of a head scratcher because UIL is basically buying bigger schools more time to practice and start their season while “small” schools are being asked to keep their schedule as is.  Most high schools in El Paso are in either 5A or 6A, but Riverside High School is now in a position where they might have to forfeit some of their early season football games since the soonest those students can be on campus and begin practicing in El Paso is September 8.  Other area schools that might be affected in a similar manner include those in the Anthony, Tornillo, Fabens, and San Elizario districts.

As has been the case with lots of things lately, make sure you write down all of your plans in pencil because you never know when or how they might change.

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