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UIL Legislative Council To Meet

Media Contact: Kate Hector
Phone: 512-471-5883

Date: Oct 18, 2012
Category: Legislative Council


AUSTIN, TX— The University Interscholastic League Legislative Council will convene October 21-22 at the Crowne Plaza 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:

  • Expanding eligibility of A+ contests to include 6th grade;
  • Adding a fourth playoff team from each district in Conferences 2A and 3A team sport activities;
  • Allowing UIL music the option to impose performance time limits for UIL concert performances;
  • Extending the option for string students to play a keyboard instrument or harp in another orchestra representing the same school;
  • Creating a Conference 3A for soccer and team tennis;
  • Adding student congress for grades nine through 12.

Results from the Fall 2012 UIL Superintendent Survey will also be presented at the Council Meeting. Superintendents across the state were asked to weigh in on issues including the following:

  • Home field advantage for district champions for the first round of playoffs;
  • Increasing the number of Conference 1A teams advancing to the playoffs from three to four;
  • Increasing the number of 6-man football teams from each district advancing to playoffs.

Survey results as well as proposals made during the public hearing will be discussed by the Standing Committees and then, if approved, presented to the entire Legislative Council for consideration. The Commissioner of Education must approve amendments passed by the UIL Legislative Council before they may take effect.

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 hearing proposals and passing amendments to the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules, amending or adopting contest rules and appointing standing and special committees.

A full agenda for the UIL Legislative Council Meeting can be found on the UIL website at the following link: ;

The UIL Legislative Council Meeting is an open meeting and all interested parties are welcome to attend

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