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For more than two months, high school athletics have been put on hold as the country has worked to slow the coronavirus pandemic. Now, with the rest of the state gradually reopening, high school athletics might also soon begin to gradually return.

On Tuesday, the Texas University Interscholastic League — the organization responsible for all high school athletic competitions in the state — released a statement saying they are working alongside state lawmakers and health experts to allow athletes to return to limited workouts in June.

The decision was announced just a day after Gov. Greg Abbott announced the second phase of his plan to reopen Tezas, which included the return of professional and youth sports on May 31. Abbott’s announced plan also allows private and public schools to begin sumer education at the start of June.

Though not yet finalized, the proposed schedule would see athletes return to strength and conditioning training on June 8. Under the proposal, full contact practice for football players could start Aug. 8 and the first scrimmage could take place Aug. 13, with the second and third taking place in seven-day intervals following that.

Texas UIL said more information on the plan will be released later in the week as more details become ironed out.

Tommy Culkin is a staff writer for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6972 or at tommy.culkin@theparisnews.com.

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