Skip to main content
University of Texas at Austin
University Interscholastic League Logo
University Interscholastic League Logo

UIL Legislative Council Meeting Results

Media Contact: Chris Schmidt
Phone: 512-471-5883
Fax: 512-471-6589
Email:

Date: Oct 17, 2011
Category: Legislative Council


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUSTIN, TX— The UIL adopted an amendment to alter the current athletic preseason practice regulations for activities outside the school year, and superintendents will decide whether or not to increase the race distance in girl’s cross country after decisions handed down by the UIL Legislative Council on Monday.

 Upon recommendation by the UIL Medical Advisory Committee, the Legislative Council unanimously passed an amendment to alter the current UIL Preseason Practice Regulations, Activities Outside the School Year. If approved by the Commissioner of Education, the following rule changes will go into effect August 1, 2012:

  • On days when more than one practice is conducted, the rest and recovery time between the end of one practice and the beginning of the next practice will be increased to two hours. Current rules only require one hour of rest and recovery time between practices.
  • With the exception of volleyball, schools shall not schedule more than one practice on consecutive days in sports which begin practice prior to the school year, and student-athletes shall not participate in multiple practices on consecutive days.
  • During the four-day acclimatization period in football, if more than one practice is conducted on the same day, the second practice shall be a teaching period or walkthrough practice only with no conditioning, contact activities or equipment permitted.

After previous discussions whether or not to increase the racing distance in girl’s cross country from two miles to 3.1 miles, the Legislative Council voted to place the item on a referendum ballot this spring. The results of the referendum ballot are binding, and if superintendents vote to change the racing distance, the 3.1 mile race would begin in the 2012-13 school year.

In other action, the Legislative Council approved a proposal to allow alternates to remain with the company in One-Act Play competition preparation areas. If approved by the Commissioner of Education, the amendment will take effect immediately.

The following items were approved by the Legislative Council on Monday, and will take effect August 1, 2012 if approved by the Commissioner of Education:

  • Adding area meets to post-district competition in track and field.
  • Adding an additional conference in wrestling.
  • Expanding the option for new music programs to enter concert and sight-reading contest as non-varsity.
  • Changing the end of game tie-breaking procedure from the 35-yard shootout to penalty kicks in soccer.
  • Making the Theatrical Design Contest that has been piloted for six years a sanctioned contest.

The Commissioner of Education must approve amendments passed by the UIL Legislative Council before they may take effect. Upon approval by the Commissioner of Education, all approved amendments will be published on the UIL website at www.uiltexas.org.

-- END --