UIL's decision affecting East Texas athletes

By Coleman Sweric - bio | email
 Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - While coaches may support the UIL's decision, what everyone wants to know is what happens next?

The decision has left some East Texas high school athletes sitting on the bench. The once busy sights of a high school track meet and the sound of a baseball and softball bat will now go silent. The ruling by the UIL to suspend athletic play until May 11th came as a shock but no surprise.

"It is a sad situation, but it is much better to be safe than sorry," said Danny Long, TISD's athletic director.

Athletes will now wait for the 11th, when high school baseball teams will play their last district game and prepare for the playoffs.

"I think it is going to be hard to wait two weeks to play a game, but everyone is in the same boat, and we will have to deal with what we have to deal with," said Danny Robey, head baseball coach for Whitehouse.

The playoffs will also change. Best of three series will be available, but every other round has been limited to one game only as the UIL tries to keep their championships on schedule. But, the most grim news will hit the track and field athletes.

All regional meets have been canceled. State qualifiers will now be the best four times and distances that qualified for regionals, leaving many without the opportunity to better their marks.

"We had like 15 boys scheduled to go to the district meet, and like three girls, so we may not have any if they do that," said Mike Owens, Robert E. Lee's athletic director.

"We will not know until May 6th when they are going to post those results," said Dereck Rush, John Tyler's athletic director. "Until then, our kids are going to keep practicing, and go on from there."

Now, students must play the waiting game, waiting to finish their seasons or waiting to find out if their season is finished.

A coach who wished to remain anonymous told us that petitions are already out there asking athletic directors to reschedule regional track meets and not cancel them.

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