KBS Reference Desk: Non-UIL Strength Training and Conditioning Guidance

Q:       I have seen the guidance for summer strength and conditioning programs on the UIL website. What should our District do for non-UIL activities? Is there any guidance available?

A:       Yes, school districts should follow the most recently updated version of “Training and Conditioning Guidance for Non-UIL Activities” available on the TEA website for drill team, cheer camps and other non-UIL activities meeting this summer.

Following guidance issued by the University Interscholastic League (“UIL”) concerning strength and conditioning for summer activities, the Texas Education Agency released a guidance document pertaining to training and conditioning for non-UIL activities on June 9, 2020. The document states that all non-UIL training and conditioning activities are to be optional, and the provisions contained in the document are to serve as minimum recommended health protocols. Districts are also given the option to adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances.   

The document provides guidance pertaining to several aspects of district operations including facilities, grouping students and staffing, health and hygiene practices, and transportation. Within those categories, there are several recommended, mandatory, and optional provisions. Our firm has synthesized this information into a checklist to assist Districts in determining whether a specific provision is mandatory, strongly recommended, or optional. The checklist can be located HERE. For specific questions or additional information regarding training and conditioning for non-UIL activities, please contact your local school law attorney.

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