Posted by Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association on Jul 23 2020 at 12:17PM PDT in 2022-2023

Upon confirming with the UIL, below are the preliminary procedures for the 2020-21 Swimming & Diving season. Please note that these may change at any time and updates will be sent out and posted here as they are made available.

LAST UPDATE: 23 July 2020

COVID-19 Information

  • TEA requires all school systems to develop a plan for mitigating COVID-19 spread in schools. UIL guidelines require schools to include UIL activities for the 2020-2021 school year as a part of this plan and carefully plan for mitigating risk of spread as students and staff participate in them. Schools must post these plans on the homepage of the school website or any other easily accessible area of the school website. These plans do not have require UIL or TEA approval.
  • Information on COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year can be found at this link

UIL Additions for 2020-2021

  • Physicals – For the 2020-21 school year only, any participant in athletics or marching band, in any grade level, who has not previously completed a preparticipation physical examination (PPE), and been cleared for participation, will be required to complete the medical history form as noted below, as well as a PPE prior to participation in any UIL practices, games, performances, or matches.
  • 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. Schools may impose additional requirements.

Season Reminders Concerning 2020-21 Regulations

  • Beginning August 3rd the sport specific skill time will be increased to 2 hours per kid, per day. This will stay into effect for 5A & 6A schools through September 7th. If school has started (virtual or in-person) the athletic period would be included in that 2 hours.
  • Face coverings must be worn by any team or event personnel while not actively engaged in a swim or dive. This includes warm-up pools.
  • Invitational Meets may have no more than 8 total schools and only one level of competitors (Var/JV/9th). A school could bring a girls and boys team, but they would need to be the same level.
  • District Meets may only have one level of competitors participating on site at a given time. Example: if Varsity Boys/Girls are swimming, JV would not be allowed on site until the varsity athletes have left.
  • Additional information will be released at a later time concerning Regional and State Meets
  • Invitational Meets may have no more than 8 total schools and only one level of competitors (Var/JV/9th). A school could bring a girls and boys team, but they would need to be the same level.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and exercise equipment.
  • Pre and Post Meet Ceremony: Establish swimming & diving specific social distancing meet protocols including the elimination of handshakes before and after an event.

Important Dates
Conference 1A-4A Schools

  • Practices can begin
  • Meets may begin after August 17, 2020

Conference 5A/6A Schools

  • Practice & Meets may begin after September 7, 2020

January 30, 2021 District Certification
February 5 & 6, 2021 Regional Meet
February 19-20, 2020 State Meet


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