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UIL Referendum Ballot for Conference 1A Basketball

The Texas Girls Coaches Association and the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, at the UIL Legislative Council meeting on July 15, in Austin, Texas, proposed to the UIL to place on a Referendum Ballot an opportunity for all 1A school Superintendents to vote as to whether they want to go from three teams to four teams in the play-offs for basketball. If approved by the 1A Superintendents and the Commissioner of Education, this would go into effect for 2021-22 school year.

Currently, UIL Conferences 2A through 6A allows four teams in the play-offs in basketball.  Conference 1A now has over 210 teams participating in basketball. There are circumstances where a 1A basketball district champion, because they are unable to find an opponent for a practice game, could go up to fourteen days without a contest. With four teams in the play-offs you will have one vs four and two vs three in the first round of the play-offs. This change alleviates more than one problem for the 1A basketball coach. All 1A basketball coaches, please take the time to express your opinion on this subject to your Administration. The Referendum Ballot will be sent to the 1A Superintendents soon. We hope, when the numbers merit, volleyball, softball, and baseball will be allowed to follow the same path in 1A competition.