UIL committee rejects rule change headliners

By Jacob Stock

The Yorktown News-View

The University Interscholastic League held its much anticipated annual meeting last Tuesday, June 14, in Round Rock to review and vote on a handful of rules changes. The UIL Standing Committee governs academic contests, athletics, and musical events. The Legislative Council is a formulated committee consisting of 32 public school administrators. Twenty-six of them are elected by fellow school superintendents, with an interpreter appointed from each of the six different conferences in each of the four designated regions across the state of Texas.

With several proposals to consider on the agenda, the end result by the committee saw far more rejections than proposals that were passed. A couple of headliners from the meeting which included adding a shot clock to high school basketball, and the head-scratcher of prohibiting freshman athletes from participating in varsity competitions both would fail. At lower classification schools with low enrollment totals, freshmen are vital components of building a program. Many find the field, court, or track early and often.

Another failure that did not pass was adjusting track and field scoring to include scoring through 8th place. As of now, the first six places receive points and it will stay that way. The UIL ruling of switching soccer from a spring sport to a fall sport also failed along with the failed proposal of allowing a (15) run rule after three innings in bi-district and area softball games. In relation to softball, the proposal to alter the language of softball scrimmages per week also failed.

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