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UIL Legislative Council To Meet

Media Contact: Kim Rogers
Phone: 512-471-5883

Date: Oct 15, 2004
Category: Legislative Council


AUSTIN, TX - The University Interscholastic League Legislative Council will convene October 17-18 at the Red Lion Hotel in Austin to review UIL rules and vote on proposed rule changes.

The UIL Legislative Council meets annually to hear testimony from interested parties and consider changes in UIL policy. Some proposals that will highlight the agenda at this year’s meeting include:

  • Changing the rule for private instruction with regard to team sports;
  • Restructuring the UIL Executive Committee process;
  • Allowing four teams from each district to make the playoffs in all team sports except football;
  • Changing the age limit rule for UIL participation.

Results from the UIL Superintendent Survey will also be presented and voted on at the Council Meeting. Superintendents across the state were asked to weigh in on several issues including the following:

  • Whether or not to add a fourth team to the playoff structure in team sports for Conferences 4A & 5A only;
  • Adding a third team to the playoff structure in team sports for Conference 1A;
  • Eliminating the Texas Cup game in Conference 1A basketball;
  • Eliminating regional tournaments in volleyball, basketball, and soccer;
  • Adding mixed doubles to spring tennis.

Survey results will be discussed by the Standing Committee on Athletics and then presented to the entire Legislative Council to determine what further actions, if any, need to be taken.

The 28-member Legislative Council is composed of school administrators from each of the four regions within the five UIL conferences, and eight at-large members, two from each of the four UIL regions. The chair of the Legislative Council is responsible for the appointment of the eight at-large members.

The Council’s duties include proposing and passing amendments to the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules, amending or adopting contest rules, appointing standing and special committees, and fixing membership and participant school fees.

An agenda for the meeting follows.

The University Interscholastic League
Legislative Council Meeting
October 17, 2004
Red Lion Hotel
Austin, Texas

The 64th annual meeting of the Legislative Council of the University Interscholastic League will be held on Sunday and Monday, October 17 & 18, 2004 at the Red Lion Hotel, Austin, Texas, beginning and continuing at the times indicated below, in the rooms noted, according to the following agenda, unless otherwise announced by the Chair of the Legislative Council

8:00 am Business Meeting Salon D&E Chair, Vernon Newsom
A. Quorum Call
B. Adoption of Meeting Rules
C. Adoption of Agenda
D. Approval of October 19 & 20, 2003 Minutes

8:05 am Public Hearing (AA-BB)
Individuals who are speaking before the Committee are asked to make their presentations as brief as possible. Scheduled speakers will be allowed no more than five (5) minutes and unscheduled speakers no more than three (3) minutes. Further written remarks are welcome. If more than one person is speaking to the same topic, please try to avoid repetition. We appreciate your cooperation as we have many proposals to hear this morning.
AA. Scheduled Speakers
8:05 am 1. Scott Williams, 19-year old rule
8:10 am 2. Karen Miller, add bowling as a UIL event.
8:15 am 3. Claire Greer, allow private schools to participate in 1A.
8:20 am 4. Charles Freet, amend Section 1478
8:25 am 5. Sam Tipton, Texas Girls Coaches Association
8:30 am 6. Sam Tipton, Texas Girls Coaches Association
8:35 am 7. Bud Alexander, TASO
8:40 am 8. Rick Sherley, TABC
8:45 am 9. Jerry Christmas, 6-Man Coaches Association
8:50 am 10. Bill Schneider, Texas State Athletic Trainers
8:55 am 11. Tom Collins, Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association
9:00 am 12. D.W. Rutledge, Texas High School Coaches Association
9:05 am 13. D.W. Rutledge, Texas High School Coaches Association
9:10 am 14. Cliff Odenwald, Texas High School Athletic Directors Association
9:15 am 15. Cliff Odenwald, Athletic Director, Plano ISD
9:20 am 16. Steve Bonds, Texas Tennis Coaches Association
9:25 am 17. Faye Parish, Texas Math/Science Coaches Association

BB. Unscheduled Speakers

E. Executive Session
An executive session will be announced at this time pursuant to the Texas Open Meetings Act of the Texas Government Act, Subchapter D. The Legislative Council may consider personnel and pending or contemplated litigation. No other items of the business of the UIL will be considered during the executive session.
Recess Public Hearing
10:00 am F. Standing Committee Meetings (or at such time as announced by chair)
Academic Committee Charles Butcher
Athletic Committee Vernon Newsom
Music Committee Alton Fields
Policy Committee Richard Cohagan

12:00 noon Lunch

1:30 pm F. Reconvene Standing Committee Meetings


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