AUSTIN— 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 add competitions for students in wheelchairs to the 2014 Track and Field State Meet as a pilot program. Student-athletes using wheelchairs who meet participation criteria determined by the UIL will be able to compete in the 100-meter dash, the 400-meter dash and the shot put. This amendment will be effective immediately, if approved by the Commissioner of Education.
In academics action, the Council voted to add the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition and the Latino History Essay Competition as sanctioned UIL contests for high school students.
The Council also voted to place the issue of increasing the number of qualifiers to the cross country state meet on a referendum ballot this spring. The increase would be from three teams and 10 individuals to four teams and 10 individuals not already on an advancing team. A referendum ballot is binding, and if superintendents vote to increase the number of participants in cross country, that change would take effect at the 2014 UIL Cross Country State Meet.
The following items were approved by the Legislative Council on Monday, and will take effect August 1, 2014 if approved by the Commissioner of Education:
Requiring at least one judge on a journalism judging panel at the Regional and State level contests be a current or former journalism teacher.
- Limiting amplification of wind instruments in marching band to solos and section features.
- Allowing golf coaches to coach student-athletes from tee to green.
- Allowing sub-varsity football teams in Conferences 4A and 5A to play on Wednesday during zero-week, only if the varsity team plays on Thursday of that same week.