UIL: Live broadcast can continue | Sports

High schools can continue to broadcast regular season football games on Friday nights and basketball shooting clocks are suspended for at least one more season, the University’s Interschool Legislative Council announced this week during its annual meeting at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin.

The Legislative Council approved a rule allowing UIL member schools to allow live webcasting of regular season football games on Friday nights, but only over the internet. Other live broadcasts, including live broadcasts, will be prohibited.

Last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, gaming capacity was limited and schools were allowed to broadcast games live on Friday for the first time, lifting a long-standing ban.

UIL said at the time that this was a temporary suspension of its period and that it was only for the 2020-21 school year.

UIL surveyed its members and found that 81.1% were in favor of streaming Friday night football games live online. The lowest percentage of supporters was in 6A, where it was 71%.

The two schools will have to agree on the broadcast format.

The Board also approved changing the rules to comply with House Bill 547, which concerns the participation of non-enrolled students (Homeschool) in UIL activities if the local school district allows it.

In addition, the Council also submitted a proposal to allow four qualifiers for the playoffs for 1A basketball for a referendum ballot.

In May, the National Federation of State High School Associations announced that states can adopt a 35-second stopwatch for high school basketball games from the 2022-2023 season if they choose. At the time, UIL said it was not ready to join the eight states that were already using a stopwatch.

North Crowley boys’ basketball coach Tommy Brakel came up with a stopwatch for grades 6A and 5A. He added that he had letters of approval from USA Basketball and Baylor head coach Scott Drew of National Champion Baylor.

Sam Tipton, executive director of the Texas Girls Coaches Association, said he had not heard support for a stopwatch from its members and no one within the TGCA had offered to add it.

UIL rejected, rejected or took no action on Brakel’s proposal. UIL did not specify what it was about in its meeting report, and this portion of the meeting was not available via live streaming as were the public forum and the General Council session. legislative.

When the Senate passed the “Tim Tebow” bill at the end of May, that decision was withdrawn at UIL. Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill, which means homeschooled students can participate in public school events – if the school district or charter school they are trying to join allows it.

“We have no choice,” said UIL Executive Director Charles Breithaupt. “I think every one of you in this room opposed the passage of this bill, but as a state agency, UIL does not have the ability to weigh like that. We are told what to do other than this fact. I think it’s great that they give principals or schools the choice of whether or not to allow homeschool students to participate.

UIL will modify the previous entry form for homeschooled students to indicate that if they have moved into a school district in the past 12 months, this will automatically trigger a district executive committee meeting to determine if they have moved to a school district in the past 12 months. been transferred for sporting purposes. Additionally, if a homeschooled student drops out of school at any time during the school year, they are not eligible to compete in athletics the rest of the year.

Home-schooled students will be required to compete for the UIL school district in which they live – if that school district allows them to compete. If the school district does not, a homeschooled student could attend a charter school that is geographically within that same school district, if the charter school allows homeschooled students to participate.

Deputy Executive Director Jamey Harrison said UIL “pleaded” for the possibility of waiting until the 2022-2023 school year for homeschooled students to start competing, but was turned down. This will begin in the 2021-22 school year, and schools must notify UIL by August 1 if they allow homeschooled students to participate.

Phil Hicks is the sports editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, which is part of Mr. Roberts Media, as well as the Kilgore News Herald and other East Texas media sources. Greg Riddle of the Dallas Morning News contributed to his report.

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