In a teleconference on Monday the University Interscholastic League Legislative Council passed an amendment to “temporarily delay” the first season of sanctioned high school water polo until the fall of 2022. Previously plans were to begin the first ever season of UIL water polo in the fall of 2021.

In an online statement the UIL blamed the delay on “the current situation with COVID-19.”

“We want to do it right, and putting it together in a year, with all the challenges we’re facing with COVID-19, we think it would be in the best interest to push this [back] and delay the start of it,” said Susan Elza, the UIL’s Director of Athletics as reported in the Dallas Morning News.

“The TISCA Water Polo Board has been assured that UIL Water Polo has been approved and will happen beginning Fall 2022,” Linehan wrote in his email to USAWP Southwest Zone members.

The Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (TISCA) will now maintain its role as manager of high school water polo through the spring of 2022.

Correction: An earlier version of the story credited Joe Linehan with the quote by Susan Elza, now updated to give attribution to the Dallas Morning News.

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