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Swine flu outbreak halts state athletic, academic, music competitions until May 11

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Due to the outbreak of Swine Flu in Texas, all high school and junior high athletic, academic and music competition between schools has been suspended across the state until May 11, the Texas UIL (University Interscholastic League) announced last night.

As a result, no baseball or softball games or regional track and field meets  will be held this weekend or any other time statewide until that date.

The Texas State Wind Ensemble Festival and Academic State Meet have also been affected. 

The decision was made by the UIL upon the recommendation of Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, and in consultation with Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott.

The UIL has released the following tentative schedule for UIL regional and state events affected by this situation:

Academic State Meet
The UIL Academic State Meet, originally scheduled for May 7-9, will be rescheduled at a later date. The Conference 4A and 5A One-Act Play competition will continue as previously scheduled on May 15-16. All other conferences competing in One-Act Play will be rescheduled. A schedule of the Academic State Meet, including One-Act Play, will be posted on the UIL web site once finalized.

Texas State Wind Ensemble Festival
The Texas State Wind Ensemble Festival, originally scheduled for May 9, has been cancelled. The UIL staff will consult with the 16 participating schools to determine whether or not to reschedule the event at a later date.

Regional Track Meets
All UIL regional track meets originally scheduled for this weekend, May 1-2, have been cancelled. The state track and field meet will be extended to a three-day format to include semifinal heats. The meet is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14-16.

Semifinal qualifiers will be based on the district track meet results. Each region will be represented at the state meet by the top four performances in each event for all conferences. Hand-held times will be converted to fully automatic times as defined by the National Federation of State High School Association rules. A revised track and field state meet schedule will be posted on the UIL web site no later than Friday, May 1. Qualifiers to the UIL state track and field meet will be posted on the UIL web site on Wednesday, May 6.

Baseball and Softball
No interschool games will take place until May 11 for either softball or baseball. Find the altered playoff schedule for both sports on the UIL web site:  www.uil.utexas.edu

Golf State Tournament
The UIL golf state tournament will take place at the previously scheduled times beginning May 11.

Tennis State Tournament
The UIL tennis state tournament will take place at the previously scheduled times beginning May 11.
 

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