UIL requires physicals for marching band members
According to a new rule put in place by the University Interscholastic League, high school and middle school students will need to be cleared medically by a doctor before they can participate in marching band activities.
The marching band students join high school and middle school student-athletes in needing a physical to participate in extracurricular activities.
Incoming high school freshman and juniors will be required to see a doctor if they want to participate in marching band as will incoming seventh- and eighth-graders who want to march in the band.
A medical history form will be required for incoming high school sophomores and seniors. The paperwork is due by Aug. 1. This year, students will be allowed to participate in preseason practices in July without a physical until the deadline.
Beginning next year, students must be in compliance with the new rule at the start of preseason activities, even if they fall before the standard August due date.
Numerous school district already require physicals for marching band students. The Houston Independent School District has required marching band members to have physicals since 2015.