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Kilgore High School head football coach Mike Wood (center) instructs defensive players during a practice last fall. Wood and other coaches might be getting more UIL-approved practice time with student athletes in the offseason, if the regulations are relaxed. (File photo by MITCH LUCAS)

A pair of new resolutions passed by the University Interscholastic League last week may allow restrictions on summer sessions between athletes and coaches to be relaxed, due to the time missed with the coronavirus caution.

The UIL is the governing body of Texas high school sports.

In a meeting of the UIL legislative council, two items were passed in relation to the virus. Dr. Charles Breithaupt, the UIL’s executive director, was given the authority to adjust league rules. The Dallas Morning News reported that could involve expanding coaching and workouts beginning this summer for athletes.

“Where we restrict access to kids and opportunities for our school staff to work with kids, we fully intend to relax those restrictions,” deputy executive director Jamey Harrison said. “We want to give them some opportunity to make up for missed time, whenever it is that we can safely convene again and conduct workouts.

“I expect to see some significant alteration to coaching restrictions, specifically in the summer, and in the fall, as we move forward, allowing kids and coaches the opportunity to make up for as much of this missed time as we can offer.”

Obviously, with no school in session statewide for the remainder of the school year, under that order by Gov. Greg Abbott, all extracurricular activities are currently suspended.

Also discussed at the UIL’s council meeting was an item regarding physicals, basically with a proposal on the table that will allow last year’s athletic physical to serve for this coming school year as well, “unless there is some indication on a student’s medical history form that would require further medical evaluation.”

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