Every Two years Coaches and ADs gather in their Regional offices and wait for 9am when the new UIL Redistricting packets are handed out. This morning the Every Two Year event played out and while on the surface it looks like nothing has changed for Johnson Athletics we will be seeing some new rivalries in Bracket Playoff Sports.
First lets answer the question of why? UIL every two years redistricts all of it’s Athletic and Academic districts. This process takes place for several reasons. The UIL wants to keep larger attendance schools to compete with like size schools and smaller schools to compete with schools their size in what are called called classifications. Currently their are 6 UIL classifications; 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A. Johnson is and has always been in the largest classification and is currently a 6A school. That did not change with this redistricting.
The UIL also groups schools into districts. Those districts are drawn with travel as it’s main driving force. UIL does not look at schools records in certain sports and groups schools together in regards to records or playoff appearances. One thing UIL does do is try their best to keep ISDs with multiple High Schools that are in the same classification in the same district. But your ISD district can be different than your UIL District.
For Johnson the Jags have always been in 26-5A, and then for the past two years after the UIL created the 6A classification 26-6A. For Johnson’s first two years of Athletic competition 26-5A consisted of the seven NEISD schools, New Braunfels High Schoool and Smithson Valley High School creating a nine team UIL District. After the first two years Johnson has been apart of 25-5A(or6A) but only with the NEISD schools creating a seven team district. Again nothing has changed about 26-6A the UIL kept it a seven team district all from NEISD schools.
UIL creates 32 districts in each of the 6 classifications and then splits those 32 districts in to four regions. Regions become very important when playing in the playoffs. You must advance through your region in all sports to get to the State Tournament level. Some sports play a bracket single elimination Regional playoff schedule (Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball and Softball). Other sports advance from district into a regional Meet or tournament (Golf, Wrestling, Swimming, Cross Country). Team Tennis and Track have added an Area meet between District and Regional Meets as well.
As for this redistricting that happened today the big changes for Johnson came at the Regional level for the next two years. While today the realignments are only for football and basketball. Alignments for other sports come at a later date, but usually stay the same across most other sports. Wrestling is the big difference as not all schools (including all NISD schools) participate in wrestling creating different regions. Swimming is split up into 8 Regions so their path to State is a little different as well.
So What did change and why? Well first of all 25-6A is now 27-6A and 25-6A is now filled with teams that were in Region II and are now in Region IV…… that makes since right?
This is important to Johnson and the NEISD schools because in the playoff brackets the four playoff teams from 26-6A will play their first round playoff games all against 25-6A. This is called the Bi-District round of the playoffs or the first round. 1-6A plays 2-6A, 3-6A plays 4-6A, 5-6A plays 6-6A and so on and so on until you get to 25-6A playing 26-6A in the Bi-District round.
For the past few years 25-6A has been populated by Steele, Clemens, Smithson Valley, New Braunfels, New Braunfels Canyon, Judson and Wagner. These teams should sound familiar in regards to first round playoff opponents in all sports over the last four years. All of those teams and add in East Central High School are now 27-6A meaning they will play their bi-district playoff games vs 28-6A which is a 10 team district of all NISD schools like Brandeis, Brennan, Clark and such.
So why did 25-6A become 27-6A? Well you can blame Corpus Christi ISD…. That’s right this is all because of Corpus. CCISD currently has 3 6A schools but because Corpus built a new High School all of their schools are now 5A schools by their enrollment numbers. Losing those three 6A schools forced the UIL to move East Central, South San And Southwest to other districts as curently they are in a district with the Corpus Schools at 6A. East Central we know about. South San and Southwest both will be in a district with Laredo schools, Del Rio and Eagle Pass.
So by Corpus building a school it left a vacuum and a district had to be filled. UIL decided to move 25-6A to 27-6A so they could pull Austin schools out of region II and into Region IV as the new District 25-6A.
Weeeeeee that was fun to explain.
So Who is 25-6A starting in the fall and will be Johnson’s and the rest of 26-6A Bi-District opponents? 25-6A will consist of Lake Travis, Westlake, Vandegrift, Buda Hays, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Kyle Lehman and Leander.
Again what was announced today was only for Football and basketball but the other sports should fall right in line with this realignment in weeks to come.
Here is how 26-6A attendance numbers shake out for the next two years.
1. Madison – 3379
2. Reagan – 3340
3. Lee – 3085
4. Churchill – 3038.5
5. Johnson – 3003.5
6. Roosevelt – 2940
7. MacArthur – 2489
Here are the enrollment Numbers for the new 25-6A
1. Hays 2698.5
2. Lake Travis 2697
3. Westlake 2583
4. Kyle Lehman 2478.5
5. Vandergrift 2255
6. CP Vista Ridge 2250
7. Leander 2187
These numbers will become important during Football season as they will be used to determine D1 and D2 status in playoff football. Other sports don’t break into D1 and D2.
With redistricting the football schedules start to take shape for next fall. During this process at 9:00am this morning coaches and Athletic Directors made handshake deals on non-district opponents. Some of these deals fall through after the announcing of the districts leaving some schools scrambling to find opponents. For Johnson sitting in a seven team district means we will again have six district games with a bye week during the district schedule and four non-district games.
During the day you may have seen some schools releasing their non-district schedule for fall football. Understand all schedules right now are tentative and no contracts have been signed. Coach Rittimann and NEISD typically don’t release non-district schedules until later in the spring. So you can ask Coach Rittimann if you see him but don’t expect him to give up to much information at least for the time being.
We will allow you to do your own research into the histories of each school of the new 25-6A in each sport. But if you have any questions and don’t know who to ask about this whole process you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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