UIL to ask supers about adding playoff teams
From Staff Reports

Oct. 19, 2004 - AUSTIN - The issue of adding one additional team to the playoffs in Conferences 1A, 4A and 5A will be decided by superintendents across the state this spring after the Legislative Council of the University Interscholastic League voted to place those items on a referendum ballot to be sent out in January.

The referendum ballot, the results of which are binding, will ask superintendents in Conferences 4A and 5A whether or not they favor adding an additional team to the current playoff structure in all team sports.

Currently, three teams from each district qualify for post-district play.

Conference 1A superintendents will be asked to decide whether or not to add a third team to their playoff structure in all team sports. The results of the fall superintendent survey indicated Conference 1A superintendents were in favor of adding a third team by a small margin (148-135 in favor). If either item concerning adding a team to the playoffs should pass on the referendum ballot, it would not take effect until Aug. 1, 2006. Complete results of the survey may be found online at the UIL website at www.uil.utexas.edu.

The following items will also be placed on the referendum ballot for superintendents statewide to decide: iAdding mixed doubles to spring tennis; iEliminating the Texas Cup in Conference 1A basketball; iExtending the ending date of summer conditioning programs one additional week, from the third Thursday in July to the fourth Thursday in July; iIncreasing the amount of the major award schools can give from $60 to $70; iAllowing a school to give a student both the major award and the $10 minor award for the same activity in the same school year.

In addition to placing several items on the referendum ballot, the Legislative Council voted to pass the following items: iProhibiting unattached participants to compete in school-sponsored contests, meets, and tournaments; iAllowing individual competition in Art Contest and Music Memory Contest which currently allow only team competition; iCreating a pilot theatrical design contest beginning in 2005-06; iAltering the limitation on when a school could scrimmage when Conference 4A and 5A schools that participate in spring training have a zero week game; The Legislative Council also authorized the UIL staff to study a playoff structure for team tennis as in other team sports, allowing school districts to add additional travel time between classes when the athletic class is offered at another campus in the school district, and practice limitations for UIL athletic activities that conduct practice outside the school year.

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