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2014-10-23

UIL Legislative Council proposes rule changes

Special to the Courier

The University Interscholastic League Legislative Council met Sunday and Monday to make decisions on proposed rule changes in UIL academics, athletics, music and policy.
The Legislative Council approved proposals to create pilot contests in robotics, copy editing, conference 1A marching band, and computer science for A+ Academics.
In academics, the council voted to place on a referendum ballot a proposal to allow schools in conferences 1A and 2A to utilize students enrolled in grade 8 for One-Act Play. An amendment to eliminate the speaker at the state level for the Feature Writing Contest was also approved by the council.
In athletics, an amendment to create a pilot program providing home field advantage to the higher seed in the first round of the 2015 6A football playoffs was unanimously approved by the council. The 32-member rule making body also voted to increase the number of teams advancing to the playoffs from each district from three to four for all conference 2A varsity team sports.
A proposal to create a separate championship for Conference 1A volleyball for the 2015-2016 school year was approved. The current alignment will be utilized with 2A and 1A school grouped together for district play. Conference 2A schools would then be divided into a separate playoff bracket and 1A schools would be divided into a separate playoff bracket.
In music, a proposal to create a state mariachi contest pilot was approved by the council. An amendment to modify the formula used to determine the number of bands advancing from area to state in UIL Marching Band was also passed by the council to account for bands that qualify to compete at area marching band contest but opt not to do so.
In other action, the council passed a proposed committee structure and process for implementation of the review and rewrite of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules, as required by the Sunset Commission.
The Commissioner of Education must approve amendments passed by the UIL Legislative Council before they may take effect. If approved by the Commissioner of Education, these rules will take effect on August 1, 2015.