Variety of athletic rules changes being considered

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The University Interscholastic League Standing Committee on Athletics met Tuesday, June 12, in Round Rock to consider proposals for changes in the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules that have athletic related aspects in order to report recommendations to the Legislative Council.

The agenda included the following new business:

A proposal to allow NFHS to broadcast live Friday night football games;

A proposal to allow 3A schools the ability to opt up to 4A competition for team tennis;

A proposal to ban train horns at football games;

A proposal to modify the qualifications to the track state meet in the event of timing malfunction;

A proposal to mandate participation on a team;

A proposal to allow volleyball coaches to coach their seniors in club play after their eligibility has expired.

Staff proposals referred to the Athletic Committee from the Public Hearing included:

A proposal to increase the penalty for players who are ejected from a contest;

A proposal to modify the guidelines around a series in softball and baseball;

A proposal to alter the scrimmage start dates for softball and baseball;

A proposal to modify the fall practice regulations and spring training for football;

A proposal to require schools to create venue specific Emergency Action Plans;

A proposal to require schools to report catastrophic injuries.

Old business on the agenda included:

Coaching outside of the school year, non-school participation guidelines;

Increase the number of games for middle school basketball;

Change summer workouts to 24 days for more flexibility;

Options for spring training in football;

Elementary school athletic leagues;

Establish a start date for baseball and softball scrimmages;

Class-6A home field advantage for baseball;

Class-4A and below home field advantage for football;

Three teams from districts to regionals in Class-4A to 6A golf;

Addition of ambulatory track and field events;

Addition of 200-meter and discus to wheelchair track and field.

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