Every two years the University Interscholastic League (UIL) goes through a process of redistricting and reclassification of the UIL competition districts. Every two years that process comes to a head in the first week of February when the UIl releases its new districts for sports and academic competitions. This year the date will be Monday February 3rd.
The speculation and rumors that surround UIL reclassification and realignment every two years is enough to practically shut down social media sites and some message boards make their living on the one subject. Because this happens every two years you have a lot of athletes and parents going through the process for the first time with a lot of questions about how the process works and how it will effect Johnson Athletics.
A typical family may only go through a UIL reclassification and realignment period once or twice and the UIL reclassification and realignment process happening Monday morning will not effect the senior class of 2014 but does impact all of the classes below including 7th and 8th graders.
The biggest change this year is UIL is adding a 6A to the size class divisions. For over 30 year 5A was the largest class in the UIL divisions. The UIL decided this past year to change it’s classifications from 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A and six-man to an all number system. Six-man will become 1A, 1A will become 2A, 2A will become 3A and so on.
While Johnson knows it will move to 6A so will more than 95% of the current 5A schools. So in essence it is only a name change and nothing else. Moving to 6A will not effect any of the playoff structures in any sport including the split Division II and Division II system in football.
The 6A enrollment cut off for this years UIL reclassification and realignment is 2100. Two years ago the 5A (top class) cutoff number was 2090.
The UIL will release a new arrangement of schools in all classifications that will be used for the next two school years starting with the 2014-15 school year and will continue through the 2015-2016 school year.
For the past two school years all North East high schools, and only NEISD schools, have formed district 26-5A. As schools gain or lose enrollment they can move within the UIL classification system, meaning some school may drop a class and some schools may increase enrollment numbers to be put into 5A or 6A this year.
This years’ process started back in October when each school across the state had to take a snapshot enrollment number and turn it into the UIL. From there the UIL starts to divide up the schools into the classifications (6A, 5A, 4A, 3A ect) to try and keep the same size schools competing against each other in sports and academics.
Once the classifications are set the UIL committee starts the process of breaking up the classes into 32 districts. The districts can be any size and in the past the UIL has created districts as small as 4 schools and as large as 10 schools. Typically districts are between 6-8 schools.
The UIL also does all it can to try and keep ISD school in the same UIL district. Currently NEISD has 7 High Schools and they should all be kept in the same UIL district in this UIL reclassification and realignment but it is not guaranteed.
The UIL will release the new UIL districts monday morning at 9am.
All across the state high school coaches and athletic directors will gather Monday morning at Regional offices. San Antonio’s Regional office is the Region-20 office off of IH-35 near Fort Sam Houston. At 9AM the regional chair will start giving out packets with all of the new districts in all of the classifications. Until that happens no one knows what the districts will look like.
Any speculation and or rumors before the release point of 9AM is just that Speculations and Rumors. The UIL does a great job of not leaking their report before the 9AM release and while some may guess right what will happen no one knows for sure.
As soon as we are told what district Johnson will be in and who else is in the district Monday morning we will update the jjnation twitter feed as well as the facebook page. We will not update the feed until we have a firm report from Coach Rittimann at the Region-20 offices. Look for an update right after 9am
This will be Johnson’s fourth UIL reclassification and realignment. In 2008, six months before Johnson opened and while there was still a lot of dirt being moved on the hilltop, Johnson was placing into district 26-5A with the other NEISD schools as well as Smithson Valley and New Braunfels. In February 2010 Johnson went through its second redistricting and the 26-5A UIL District was reduced to just NEISD Schools.
Below are some Myths, Rumors and Questions that are frequent during this process.
1. Does these mean NEISD will be changed?
NO. The UIL districts and ISD districts are total different. Your ISD district is your taxing district and the only way schools are added or removed from your ISD is to build new schools via a Bond Election or close schools. Some ISD have multiple classifications like CISD to our north has has Canyon Lake High School 3A and New Braunfels Canyon and Smithson Valley at 5A currently. Your UIL district might be that same as your ISD (like 26-5A is now) or it might not.
2. I heard School “X” will be in our district. Is that True?
At this point that statement is purely speculation. Until the official packets are opened at Region-20 no-one knows who will be placed in what district or what school will move from 4A to 5A or vice versa.
3. Has 26-5A always been just NEISD schools?
NO. In fact Johnson’s first two years of varsity competition the Jags were in a 9 team district consisting of the other 6 NEISD schools plus New Braunfels and Smithson Valley. Long before Johnson was built Judson and even Clements High School were part of 26-5A
3.If a school is added to our district does that mean our baseball and softball schedules for this spring 2014 will have to be change?
NO. While the redistricting is announced in February the actually start for the new districts is not until August 2014 at the start of the 2014-15 school year. None of the sports this spring will be effected.
4. I heard a school that did not have 6A enrollment numbers was allowed to participate in 6A sports?
This is TRUE. Some schools will petition the UIL to move up or down a Class (6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, ect.) for various reasons. The main reasons are scheduling and travel. The UIL hears each petition individually and rules accordingly with-in three weeks of the UIL reclassification and realignment announcment.
5. Are the district set in stone on monday or will their be changes?
NO. this monday is just the announcement date. There is a three week period where schools and ISD districts can lodge a formal request for a change in class or district. The UIL classifications and districts will not be confirmed until this time. and changes may or may not effect Johnson’s district.
6. Does this change any of the schedules at the Junior High Level?
NO. Junior High Schools are not regulated by the UIL and are not set into State wide districts. Those schedules are created by junior high schools and ISDs.
7. When will we find out who we will play in Football in our non-district contest.
Tomorrow the Johnson Coaching staff will make some hand-shake deals with area coaches, but none of those non-district opponents can be set until the UIL districts are confirmed in three weeks. NEISD does not release the non-district schedules for Football till around March 15th once contract are signed between schools.
8. What is the best place to find out all of the new districts?
The JJNation twitter feed and facebook page will be a good source for finding out about the Jags district for the next two years but for a full list the UIL website will be the best place to see all of the districts and classifications.
9. Does the UIL redistricting only apply to Sports?
NO. UIL redistricting effects fine arts like UIL one act play, debate, band and other school competitions. The UIL redistricting will effect all of the Johnson Athletic schedules and opponents for the next two years.
10. Are all of the NEISD High Schools moving up to 6A?
Yes all seven of the NEISD High Schools submitted enrollment numbers over the 2100 cutoff line for 6A. In order of size for NEISD schools Madison 3300, Churchill 2977, Reagan 2961, Lee 2914.5, Roosevelt 2897.5, Johnson 2868.5, MacArthur 2648.
11. Do we know if we will be 26-6A or 25-6A?
At this point we have know way of knowing what district or what region we will be in. A few years ago all of Austin schools were in Region IV now they are in Region II in totally different districts so until Monday know one knows.
For more information visit the UIL Site
For some good articles on the subject
Dallas Morning Newse Article
Houston Chronicle Article
Dallas Morning News – List of All Texas School Enrollment Numbers
Austin Statesman Article