By | Friday, March 01, 2013 2:23 PM
View photos from the 2013 UIL Swimming and Diving State Championship.
By Jeanne Acton, Journalism Director | Friday, March 01, 2013 12:07 PM
In terms of medical issues, the University Interscholastic League pushes to be ahead of the curve to keep athletes safe.
“We have mandatory trainings for coaches, concussion protocols in place, mandatory physicals and much more” Deputy Director Dr. Jamey Harrison said. “Our coaches and many of our athletes are aware of these things, but our parents and the general public don’t always get that information. We haven’t done a good job advertising what we are doing.”
To solve that problem, Executive Director Charles Breithaupt and his executive team decided to create three-minute videos to provide information regarding processes and procedures the UIL has in place for the health and safety of students.
By Michelle Carrigan, UIL Intern | Friday, March 01, 2013 11:41 AM
The timeline highlights the growth of UIL Swimming and Diving.
Photo by Jeanne Acton
The University Interscholastic League in collaboration with the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center unveiled their new swimming and diving timeline at a ceremony during the state swimming and diving meet Feb. 22. The timeline displays the history, growth and development of swimming and diving with the UIL.UIL staff worked closely with Charles Logan, director of the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center to chronicle the progression and highlights of UIL swimming and diving and the state meet.
Dr. Charles Breithaupt, UIL executive director, said he was grateful for University of Texas and its support of the timeline and the multiple state championships it hosts.
“If you know the University of Texas like we have known them, they don’t do anything halfway,” Dr. Breithaupt said. “If the University of Texas does it, it is first class and Charles [Logan] epitomizes that.”
By Kate Y. Hector, Media Coordinator | Thursday, January 24, 2013 1:08 PM
At the 4A Division I game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Denton Guyer beat Georgetown 48-37 to take home the championship.
Photo by Karsen Cinquepalmi, Martin High School
The University Interscholastic League hosted two weekends full of great football in December, resulting in 12 new football state champions. On Dec. 14 and 15, 3A Division I games were held at Cowboys Stadium and the 6-man football championships at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. Then from Dec. 20 through Dec. 23, nine state championship football games were played at Cowboys Stadium. The three-day event drew nearly 200,000 fans.
If more evidence was needed that high school football in Texas was significant, just take a look at where the 5A championships rank among the college bowl games that were played this year. Only 17 of the 35 college bowl games drew bigger crowds than the 5A Division I championship game between Houston Lamar and Allen. The 5A Division II championships were not far behind, ranked number 24 among college bowl attendance.
By Jamie Oberg, UIL Intern | Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:07 PM
The NCAA has released details for changes in initial-eligibility standards for Division I college-bound athletes. The new rules will affect student–athletes entering a Division I school on or after August 1, 2016.
Athletic Director Dr. Mark Cousins said his department supports the new standards.
"The UIL has always promoted academic and athletic success as a part of a well-rounded educational experience. We are always glad to see programs that help support academic readiness and a smooth transition for our college bound participants," said Dr. Mark Cousins, Director of Athletics.
By Darryl Beasley, Assistant Athletic Director | Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:50 AM
The spring is an exciting time for basketball teams, players and coaches. All the hard work culminates with the start of postseason competition. It brings new expectations of the players and coaches.
Before starting the postseason competition, we would like to address some frequent questions about district ties and warm-up games and post-season reporting.
District Ties and Warm-up games
The girls’ district certification date will be Saturday, Feb. 9, and the boys’ district certification date will be Saturday, Feb. 16.
As the basketball district competition is coming to a close, some districts may have two-way or three-way or more schools ties.
By Peter Contreras, Assistant Athletic Director | Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:39 PM
Last week’s decision to change two golf courses for the 2013 UIL State Golf Championships caught a lot of coaches by surprise. However, the decision was made only after a great deal of discussion.
While two golf courses have changed, UIL’s intent has not. The first priority of the League is to provide the best possible opportunity and experience for our student-athletes and schools, and it will remain so.
The decision to move Conference 5A from Jimmy Clay Golf Course to Morris Williams Golf Course and Conference 1A from Morris Williams to Lion’s Golf Course was done with this intent in mind.
By Jeanne Acton, Journalism Director | Tuesday, November 20, 2012 11:38 AM
At the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland ISD, Brock High School goes up for a block during the 2A semifinal game against Holliday High School. Brock won the game and went on to beat Schulenburg High School to take home the 2A Conference State Title.
Photo by Ashley Landis, 1st Photo Texas
For the first time in the history of UIL volleyball, the state tournament was not played in the Austin area because of a date conflict with the F-1 races. The tournament was moved to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland ISD, and it appears to have been a success.
"There were no real disadvantages,” Peter Contreras, assistant athletic director and tournament director, said. “Parking for our teams and spectators was not an issue, and the fact the facility has four locker rooms for teams participating was a big advantage."
Before securing a site for the 2013 state tournament, Contreras said the League will look at several factors.
By Darryl Beasley, Asst. Athletic Director | Tuesday, October 02, 2012 10:19 AM
Falls marks the time of the year to prepare for post-season competition in team tennis. Below is information to help with organization and advancing from district to regional and regional to state.
First and foremost, a rule change will affect both team tennis and spring tennis. The new rule allows school coaches to coach players in between points. According to United States Tennis Association (USTA) rules, a player is allowed 20 seconds between points. The new UIL rule will allow a school coach to provide feedback during that 20-second time, but it cannot interrupt the continuous play rule which states play shall be continuous from the first service until the match is concluded. The official school tennis coach may coach in a manner that does not interfere with the play on adjoining courts. Coaches and/or coaching are NOT permitted in or on the confines of the tennis court (exception: during the 90 second changeover at the end of odd games, and during the 10-minute rest period for split set matches).
By Dr. Mark Cousins, Athletic Director | Tuesday, October 02, 2012 10:07 AM
For more than 70 years, the UIL Legislative Council has been the driving force behind rule changes for the University Interscholastic League. Although the League has been around for more than 100 years, in the early years of existence, the rule making processes were handled through the University of Texas.
The Legislative Council is a peer-elected group of school superintendents that represent various size schools and geographic regions of the state. There are 28 total members on the Legislative Council. There is an elected representative from each of the four regions, in each of the five conferences (1A-5A). The chair of the Council then appoints eight additional members to the Council to ensure diversity in terms of school size, geographic location and ethnicity.
Although many in the school business are fully aware of the process for making rule change proposals for UIL, there may be others who do not fully understand how the process works. First and foremost, it should be understood that no UIL staff members are allowed to vote, nor do they serve as members of the Legislative Council.