Huntsville seniors Tyrique Carter (8) and Miles Tatum (11) look on during the coin toss prior to the season opener against Willis at Bowers Stadium.

On Tuesday, the University Interscholastic League announced modifications to the 2020-21 UIL calendar, most notably that Class 6A and 5A fall sport seasons will be delayed. However, Class 4A and lower classifications will remain as scheduled.

Due to COVID-19, the UIL is delaying the start of football season for Class 6A and 5A by a month. Week 1 of games were originally scheduled for Aug. 27-29 but are now set for Sept. 24-26, with the start of practice moved from Aug. 3 to Sept. 7.

Football playoffs for Class 6A and 5A were originally scheduled to start on Nov. 12, but will now begin on Dec. 3. The UIL state championship games were scheduled for Dec. 16-19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, but the 6A and 5A championship games have been pushed back to January, with a specific date still to be determined.

For volleyball, Class 6A and 5A programs will start practice on Sept. 7, with matches set to begin Sept. 14. Team tennis and cross country can begin competing in matches and meets on Sept. 7.

These changes are only impacting Class 6A and 5A programs across the state as Class 4A and below — for now — will start as scheduled. Football and volleyball practice for Class 4A and below schools are still slated to begin Aug. 3 with football season kicking off Aug. 27 while volleyball opens Aug. 10. The playoffs and state championship scheduled for Class 4A and below sports remains as scheduled.

In Walker County, this news will delay the start of the 2020 football and volleyball seasons for Huntsville. New Waverly will start on time.

Also included in the UIL’s COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines, the league states schools may allow spectators to attend games, contests, or events within a maximum 50% capacity limitation, provided that appropriate spacing between spectators is maintained according to the protocol.