UIL, TAPPS cancel all Texas high school sports, activities for the rest of the school year


AUSTIN, Texas (University Interscholastic League) – With the announcement from Governor Greg Abbott that all Texas schools are to remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of this school year, and in an effort to help protect the health and safety of Texans, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) is canceling all remaining 2019-2020 spring activities and state championships.

“Our staff had been working hard on plans to resume activities this spring, but without schools in session, interscholastic activities cannot continue,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “Our highest priority during this challenging time is ensuring the health and safety of our students and communities and making progress in the containment of COVID-19 in Texas. We are now turning our attention to the 2020-2021 school year.”

Practices, rehearsals, and workouts remain suspended until further notice. The previously communicated information allowing remote instruction remains in place. The UIL will continue to follow the direction of state authorities and will work closely with member schools to navigate this unprecedented time.

“I am grateful to the UIL staff for their leadership and dedication to students,” said UIL Legislative Council Chair Curtis Rhodes. “Together we will get through this and we look forward to the day students are once again able to participate in education-based interscholastic activities.”

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) has also canceled all of its activities for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

Below is a letter sent out by the executive director of the organization Bryan Bunselmeyer.

Thank you for your interest in TAPPS. As the executive director of TAPPS, I appreciate the
efforts of our schools, staff members, students and their families to continue preparations to
return to our spring activities.

The Executive Board and TAPPS staff have been communicating via conference calls weekly
and as needed to review our status and the plan to resume activities. As the COVID 19 situation
continues today, we have reached our final Spring phase. With the presidential plans shared
yesterday and Governor Abbott’s address this afternoon, all schools are effectively closed
through the end of the school year.

In keeping with this order and the health interests of all involved, TAPPS moves to the
conclusion of our Spring activities.

The TAPPS leadership will continue our development of guidelines and parameters for our
return to activities over the summer months and into the fall of 2020. We will share those plans
in the next few weeks through webinars, Rank One notifications and posts on the TAPPS

Thank you to our seniors who have worked hard for not only this Spring, but over the last four
years. While we can no longer provide an avenue for your senior season to progress to its
normal conclusion, we do wish to recognize you as you move to your next opportunities.

To our parents and fans, thank you for your support of TAPPS, our member schools and our
students. We look forward to our community returning to our best new normal once health
conditions allow.

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