by Coy Holcombe.
While I briefly mentioned some of the things discussed in the UIL meeting I attended, I wanted to devote a little more time to this topic to relay as much information as possible:
- UIL is already discussing the 2012 realignment – they are looking at possibilities of a 6A conference, consolidation of conferences, and spliting conferences.
- All state championship games in football (with the possible exception of 6 man) will be played at the same site.
- The summer conditioning program will be expanded to include middle school students. Students in grades 7 & 8 will be allowed to officially take part of in the summer conditioning program. This includes incoming 7th graders.
- There will be revisions to the officials pay scales for the 2010-2011 school year. The gate has been taken out for all sports except football.
- A change in the rules will allow middle school students to participate in three games during a tournament on Saturday.
- The realignment for the next two years will be released February 1 at 9:00 AM. The deadline to request an appeal is February 11. The appeal hearing is scheduled for February 18. The first day to sign contracts for games is February 19.
- In the realignment process, the UIL starts with 5A and works down. There can be no more than 245 schools in 5A.
- The UIL focuses on trying to keep the largest school in a conference from having no more than 2 times the enrollment of the smallest school.
- In class 3A, the 2 to 1 ratio was not met this last realignment. In fact 3A had the highest ratio of large school to small school than any other conference.
- Even with the advent of computers, the UIL still uses maps and pins to plot the realignment.
- The UIL is celebrating its 100th year in existing in 2010.