This morning at 9:00 AM, the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the governing body in charge of high school athletics in the state of Texas, released its realignment and reclassification packet for the 2014-2016 calendar years.
There were rejoicing, fist pumps, crying, and complaining all around the state as high schools learned their fate of which schools they would compete against in newly aligned districts. Let's take a quick look at some things impacting your favorite Texas high school for the next two seasons.
The first big change is in the nomenclature associated with all 6 of the UIL's classifications. The UIL decided to change the name of the 6-man football division to Conference A, meaning all other conferences gained an "A" in their name. So Conference 1A became Conference 2A, Conference 2A to 3A and so on. That also means that the largest conference in Texas is now 6A compared to the previous 5A.
Here is how the enrollment cutoffs broke down in 2014-16 compared to 2012-14:
Also released his morning were dates associated with when a high school team can begin fall practice and dates of scrimmages.
To view all of the new realigned districts click on THIS PDF document.
One district that caught my eye for the 2014-2016 school year is District 15 in Conference 2A Division 1. This district will feature Flatonia, Ganado, Refugio, Schulenburg, Shiner, and Weimer. All of the schools in this district advanced to the playoffs in 2013 and both Refugio and Shiner played in the State Championship game (different classifications in 2013).
Another local note of interest is that Bryan, Bryan Rudder, College Station, and College Station A&M Consolidated will be in the same district together for the next two years (District 18, Conference 5A).
How did your school fair?