UIL Council Approves Rule Changes

AUSTIN (October 22, 2012) -- 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 a proposal to rename all conferences, creating a Conference 6A. The current Conference 1A Division II, comprised of six-man schools, to Conference 1A. Current Conference 1A Division I, comprised of 11-man schools, will become Conference 2A, current conference 2A schools into Conference 3A, etc. These changes will go into effect on August 1, 2013 for the 2014-2016 alignment, if approved by the Commissioner of Education. There will be six conferences incross country, football, basketball, academics, one-act play, golf, tennis, and track and field.

In other action, the council voted to place the creation of a split conference format for Conference 3A football on a referendum ballot. If Conference 3A superintendents vote to create a split conference format, the change will go into effect for the 2014-2016 alignment. The split conference format was previously implemented in Conference 1A and 2A by referendum ballot vote.

In academics, an amendment to add a Chess Puzzle solving competition to A+ Academics for grades 2-8 was unanimously approved by the council. Chess Puzzle has been conducted as a pilot event for A+ Academics since the spring of 2011.

If approved by the Commissioner of Education, the following rule changes will got into effect August 1, 2013:

*Adding a fourth playoff team advancing from each district in team sport activities in conferences 2A and 3A.

*Creating a third conference for team tennis and soccer, to be implemented for the 2014-2016 alignment.

*Creating pilot contests in student congress and short film production.

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