UIL announces addition of 6th conference

UIL announces addition of 6th conference
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 5:46pm

Changes are coming to Texas High School athletics that are going to affect teams in El Paso. At a coaches meeting Thursday at Clint High School, Assistant UIL Athletic Director Peter Contreras announced that a sixth conference will be added but the change will not affect football or basketball.

"We are simply, in some sports, creating a sixth conference to have those six-man schools, or division 1 and 2, to have their own state champion, one state champion per conference," said Contreras.

He added that Districts 2 through 5 will all move up in name only. For example, schools like Coronado and Montwood will be in the 6A Division. Hanks and Canutillo become 5A schools.

Below is the official UIL release describing all of the upcoming rule changes:


2013-14 UIL Rule Changes Athletics

•Add a fourth playoff team advancing from each district in team sport activities in conferences 2A and 3A.
•Modify the penalty structure for coaches’ ejection.
•Reduce the number of tournaments or meets by one per season for all high school sports.
•Allow schools to substitute tournaments for games.
•Create a six-conference alignment by renaming the current conferences for the 2014-2015 school year.
•Require parents and students to sign the new Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Form.
•Require parents and students in cheerleading to sign the Concussion Acknowledgement Form.
•Require cheerleading participants to follow Concussion Guidelines under Chapter 38, Subchapter D of the Texas Education Code.
•Require cheer coaches and sponsors to complete specific training related to safety guidelines for cheer.

•Create a split conference alignment for 3A in 2014-15.
•Limit full contact practice for football players.

•Increase the number of qualifiers from district to regionals from two to four.

•Limit the total number of scrimmages allowed prior to the start of regular season to three.
•Add a third conference for the 2014-2015 school year.

•Increase the number of teams advancing from district to the new area meet to four.
•Add a third conference for the 2014-2015 school year.

Unless noted otherwise, effective August 1, 2013.

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