Various media sources have begun reporting that the UIL will begin allowing summer strength and conditioning for high school athletes on June 8. Still, the University Interscholastic League has not officially announced a plan for a return after the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine’s Matt Stepp was the first to break the news earlier today concerning a memo sent to superintendents and coaches.
“UIL is aware of Governor Abbott’s May 18 announcement and is actively working with appropriate state officials to allow schools to begin limited summer strength and conditioning and marching band activities on June 8, 2020,” a UIL spokeswoman said in a statement. “As soon as the details of that plan are finalized, UIL will release them to schools to allow time to plan and prepare for bringing students back to campus for these purposes.”
The memo was welcome news for Coach Gerald Perry, his staff, and Ram football players.
“We are excited to have a begin date to look forward too finally. This program has high expectations going into the season, and it will be fun getting the team back together. We are looking forward to finalized guidelines from the UIL this week that gets us to kicking off week one,” Perry said. “Although things may be a little different moving forward, and should be for the safety of our team and community, once those players get back in that locker room together, it won’t matter to them.
While there is a memo, there has been no official announcement from the UI, which has both issued a public statement since April 17 when it officially put an end to all spring sports and championships.
Summer camps in Mineral Wells are also on the horizon with Perry and coaches working toward starting athletic camps in the first week of July.
“All youth camps will being in the first week of July,” Perry said. “I am hoping to have brochures and camp costs ready by Friday.”