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Updates from the Director of Athletics

By Dr. Mark Cousins, Athletic Director | Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:38 PM

February 2014

• Renaming of playing weeks
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the playing weeks will be referred to as weeks 1-11 rather than week 0 through week 10.

• 5A & 6A sub-varsity games during Week 1
A proposal passed by the Legislative Council in October 2013 allows sub-varsity football teams in Conferences 5A and 6A to play on Wednesday during week 1 (previously termed zero-week) only if the varsity team plays on Thursday of that same week.

• 40 Second Clock
For the 2014 season, UIL Football will move from 2005 NCAA Football timing rules to current NCAA Football timing rules. This includes the transition from the 25 second play clock to utilizing the 40 second play clock. Additional information on this change will be released following the UIL Football Rules Committee Meeting in April.

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Wrestling Director Gives Update for Season

By Peter Contreras, Assistant Athletic Director | Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:09 PM

It has started. As the summers seem to get shorter each year, it is still with great enthusiasm that we start the 2013-2014 UIL wrestling season.
Some things have changed from last school year while others have not. Excluding the National Federation of State High School Associations playing rule changes, two big UIL adjustments has occurred.

Hopefully you have already made one of the adjustments – the loss of one tournament.

The other change was the state tournament site. Garland ISD’s Curtis Culwell Center will host the 2014 UIL State Wrestling Championships, Feb. 14-15.

Monday, Nov. 11 is the first date for meets or tournaments. Best of luck this season and I look forward to seeing you in February in Garland.

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4A and 5A Team Tennis Now Advance From District To Area Meet

By Darryl Beasley, Assistant Athletic Director | Monday, September 09, 2013 2:26 PM

As you start the new school year, I would like to share a 4A and 5A team tennis rule change, which will affect the 2013-14 regional tournament.  The new rule allows four teams from each district to advance to a NEW AREA tournament.  Districts will host this NEW AREA tournament, and the first and second team finishers will advance to the regional tournament.  The number of teams at the regional tournament will be eight teams instead of 16.

The 4A and 5A team tennis area meets are required.  Each district will make arrangements with the corresponding district to host an area meet.  The corresponding district matches will be: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, etc.  However, there is an option.  With majority votes from both District Executive Committees, the area meet can be cancelled. In this scenario, each district would hold its district meet and advance the top finishers to the Regional Meet.

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Breithaupt Receives TGCA Citation of Merit Award

By Chris Schmidt, Public Affairs Representative | Friday, September 06, 2013 2:03 PM

Dr. Breithaupt speaks after receiving the TGCA award.
Dr. Breithaupt speaks after receiving the TGCA award.

Photo by Kim Carmichael, Chief of Staff

University Interscholastic League Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt was selected as a recipient of the Texas Girls Coaches Association Citation of Merit Award given to him at the association’s annual summer convention.

Breithaupt, a coach and educator for 17 years before joining the UIL, is only the second recipient of the TGCA’s highest honor. The award is given to individuals who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the success of the TGCA and is only awarded on odd years when the association’s convention is held in Austin.

“There is no more deserving person than Dr. Charles Breithaupt,” TGCA Executive Director Sam Tipton said. “It’s been a great, great partnership, and we just wanted to give back a little to him for what he has done for girls athletics and the Texas Girls Coaches Association.”

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Softball, Baseball Round Out State Tournaments for 2013

By | Friday, May 31, 2013 8:37 AM

Mineola High School will play for the 3A State Championship at 10 a.m. on June 1. Mineola beat La Grange High School 7-1 in the semifinal game.
Mineola High School will play for the 3A State Championship at 10 a.m. on June 1. Mineola beat La Grange High School 7-1 in the semifinal game.

Photo by Jeanne Acton

The State Softball and Baseball Championships will wrap up a year of competition for high school athletics.

The Softball Tournament will conclude June 1 at Red and Charline McCombs Field at the University of Texas at Austin. The Baseball Tournament will run Wednesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 8 at Dell Diamond and UFCU Disch-Falk field at the University of Texas at Austin.

But while the tournaments and meets will conclude in early June, training and learning opportunities will continue throughout the summer in all departments of the League.

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League to Debut Concussion Safety Video in Late Spring

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.

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UIL Unveils Swimming and Diving Historical Display

By Michelle Carrigan, UIL Intern | Friday, March 01, 2013 11:41 AM

The timeline highlights the growth of UIL Swimming and Diving.
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.”

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NCAA Raises the Bar on Eligibility Standards

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.

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Common Questions Answered about Basketball Post-Season Play

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.

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Decision to Change Golf Tournament Venue Not Taken Lightly

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.

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