WISD has decided that sports will be allowed for the 2020/21 school year.  While there will be some modifications to seasons, and dates, the seasons will continue as long as UIL guidelines are met.  We care about the health and wellness of all of our student athletes and coaches first and foremost, and understand there is an inherent risk to play a sport.  A sound knowledge of the CDC protocols is in place for the season as listed below.  The use of cleaning devices and cleaning requirements are increased dramatically in effort to keep everyone safe. 

    UIL Guidlelines, also outlined in the Athletic Handbook for 2020/21

    1. For the purposes of this document, face coverings include non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth), or full-face shields to protect eyes, nose, and mouth. 2. All employees, parents, visitors and students ten years of age or older must wear face coverings or face shields upon entry to an area where UIL activities are being conducted and when not actively practicing or playing in the contest, unless an exception listed below applies. 3. The face coverings requirements do not apply to a school in a county that meets the requirements of paragraph 11 of Executive Order GA-29, unless the local school system chooses to implement these requirements locally. Even in these circumstances, the wearing of face coverings or face shields is strongly encouraged. Exceptions to the wearing of face coverings or face shields include: a. Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering; b. While a person is consuming food or drink; c. While the person is in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water. d. When a congregating group of persons maintains at least 6 feet of social distancing; or e. Any other reason or circumstance indicated under Executive Order GA-29. *Competitive drills involving one or more students on offense against one or more students on defense may be conducted. While conducting these drills, schools must require all students not actively exercising and staff to wear face coverings as described above. Remote Learning Students participating in remote learning offered by their school district, whether synchronous or asynchronous (as defined by TEA), may participate in UIL activities if they meet all other UIL eligibility requirements. Students must be enrolled in remote learning options through the school the student will represent.
    2. Constitution and Contest Rules https://www.uiltexas.org/policy/constitution/general/eligibility Academic Eligibility-Credit Requirements For the 2020-2021 school year, UIL eligibility requirements for the first six weeks of school have been modified to allow a student to be eligible for the first six weeks if they accumulated at least two and a half credits since the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

    Conference 5A-6A

    For football and volleyball, schools may allow students to continue strength and conditioning and sport specific instruction through September 4, 2020, whether or not the instructional school year has started.  For activities other than football and volleyball, students who have not started in-season activities may continue summer workouts until the first day of instruction.  Beginning August 3, the time for sport specific activities will increase from sixty minutes per day to two hours per day.  If the school year begins prior to September 7, 2020, students may continue to engage in sport specific instruction for two hours per day. The time in the athletic period counts as part of that two hour total. 

    • Offseason Activities During the School Year Athletics periods may not exceed 60 minutes per day, or 300 minutes per week. WISD will allow home schooled students to attend after school practices, but not practices during athletic periods, unless at the end of the day.

    Athletic Physicals for the 2020/21 school year 

    All new students to Willis ISD must obtain a passed physical from a physician in order to participate in UIL Athletics.  Students with a current physical on file, must complete the physical paperwork, the Rank 1 Parent portal, and submit to the medical team located at Willis HS before participation.  If a student currently has a physical on file, you still must fill out the physical paper work.  The student athlete will only need an new physical if they have marked “yes” in any box of the first six questions. 

    Please contact the athletic office or email the Athletic Director if you have any sports related questions.  mwall@willisisd.org