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December 2, 2013
UIL announces major changes with cutoff numbers
In an unprecedented move The University Interscholastic League, the governing body for academic, athletic, and music competition among Texas public schools, released the cutoff numbers to be used in the biennial realignment and redistricting process in February. Schools will now have a glimpse of where they may fall for the 2014-2016 realignment period.
The UIL has never released the cutoff numbers earlier than the day in February when new districts are announced during the biennial realignment year. Conference alignment is based on "Snapshot Day" enrollment numbers that were submitted on October 25th from each school district.
Today only the conference cutoff numbers were announced and districts will be revealed during the normal realignment announcement in early February.
The UIL has officially created a Class 6A conference and renamed six-man to Class 1A, meaning most schools will advance in classification even though their enrollment may not have changed considerably.
There has always been a wide chasm between the enrollments in each Classification and the UIL has now taken steps they believe will narrow that gap. The UIL, who originally announced the decision at Coaching School in July, made the changes in part so that six-man football would become Class 1A but has realized equity is more important because size does make a difference. The larger schools seem to have more success than schools with a smaller enrollment.
Another major shift takes place in Class 4A (currently 3A) where schools will make the move to the split-conference alignment already in place for the current Class 2A and 1A. This structure pre-determines the Divisions (large and small school divisions) and is divided into districts before beginning play during realignment.
There have been very few fundamental changes in the UIL conferences since it's foundation in 1910 and football became an official sport in 1920. The changes announced today could be considered the broadest ever by the UIL endorsing a move toward enhanced equality.
It was in 1948 when the UIL first created three separate conferences competing for state football titles and three years later an additional conference was added, all designated as 4A-1A. Not again until 1972 was the format changed when three conferences were added, Class B, 8-Man, and 6-Man. In February of 1980 Class 5A was created when Class B was designated as Class 1A with the other conferences bumped up accordingly.
Here are the Conference Cutoff numbers announced by the UIL for 2014-2015 & 2015-2016:
6A: 2100 and above
1A: 104.9 and below
2012-2013 & 2013-2014
5A 2090 & up
4A 1005 to 2089
3A 450 to 1004
2A 200 to 449
1A 199 & below
99.9 & below Enrollment cutoff for 6-man football
NEWS AND NOTES ON CHANGES THAT WE ANTICIPATE:
The district realignments will be released on February 3rd.