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UIL Legislative Council Meeting Results

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Date: Oct 26, 2009
Category: Legislative Council


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUSTIN, TX— Conference 2A football will be divided into two divisions prior to the start of the season and the state championship football games in Conferences 1A - 4A will be played at pre-determined sites after decisions handed down by the UIL Legislative Council on Monday. 

As a result of the referendum ballot, Conference 2A superintendents across the state voted to divide football brackets into two divisions (Division I and Division II) prior to the start of the season. Conference 2A superintendents voted 121-75 in favor of the rule change.  The results of the referendum ballot are binding, and will take effect in the 2010-11 school year. Since 2006, Conference 1A 11-man and Conference 1A six-man football have been split into two division.

The council unanimously passed a measure to have the Conference 1A - 4A football state championships at pre-determined sites beginning in the 2010-11 school year. The UIL has determined the site for the Conference 5A state football championships since 2006, and both games are televised. Schools involved in the games will continue to make all decisions regarding the games other than the site and time of game.

In other action, the council approved a rule change to allow seventh and eighth graders to participate in summer strength and conditioning programs conducted by their school coaches. A separate amendment allowing each school or school district the ability to designate a starting and ending date for strength and conditioning programs not to exceed a six-week period during the summer was also passed.

The following items were approved by the Legislative Council on Monday:

  • Adding one additional contestant in each event to the State Track and Field Meet increasing the number of contestants per event per classification to nine;
  • Requiring all coaches to complete an annual UIL Rules Compliance Program (RCP) prescribed by the UIL;
  • Requiring UIL member schools to use officials registered with UIL in all varsity team sport contests.

Council members rejected, tabled or took no action on the following:

  • Allowing school coaches to coach their teams in the summer;
  • Adding two additional teams to the playoffs in team tennis;
  • Adding bowling.

The Commissioner of Education must approve amendments passed by the UIL Legislative Council before they may take effect. 

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