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 February when the UIl releases its new districts for 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A and six-man sports and academics. This year the release date will be February 1st.
The speculation and rumors that surround redistricting every two years is enough to practically shut down social media sites and twitter is flooded with predictions the days leading up to the release date. 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 High School athletic family may only go through a redistricting period once or twice and the Re-districing process happening February 1st will not effect the senior class of 2016 but does impact all of the classes below as well as 8th and 7th grade.
The UIL will release a new arrangement of schools in all classifications that will be used for the next two years starting with the 2016-2017 school year.
This means that each competitive UIL district could change and some will remain the same.
For the past two years all North East high schools, and only NEISD schools, have formed district 26-6A. As schools gain or lose enrollment they can move within the UIL classification system, meaning some school right now at 6A may drop to 5A and some schools that are right now 5A might move to 6A.
This years’ process started back in October when each school across the state had to take a snapshot enrolment 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 in each classification. 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 redistricting but it is not guaranteed.
All across the state high school coaches and athletic directors will gather on February 1st 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, rumors and predictions 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 you can find all kinds of information and predictions on Twitter and Facebook those are just guesses and no one knows what will happen for sure.
As soon as we are told what district Johnson will be in and who else is in the district on February 1st we will update the jjnation twitter feed and JaguarPride Facebook page. We will not update the feed until we have a firm report from Coach Rittimann at the Region-20 offices.
This will be Johnson’s fifth re-districting. 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. For the first two years of Johnson athletic competition the Jaguars were in a 9 team district. In February 2010 Johnson went through its second redistricting and the 26-5A UIL District was reduced to just NEISD Schools and the Jags were in a 7 team district. In 2012 the UIL made no changes to 25-6A. In 2014 Johnson’s district stayed the same but the big change was the formation of 6A as the top classification. Johnson entered into the newly formed 26-6A in the 2014-2015 school year.
Below are some Myths, Rumors and Questions that are frequent during this Redistricting 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 4A and New Braunfels Canyon and Smithson Valley at 6A currently. Your UIL district might be that same as your ISD (like 26-6A 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 5A to 6A 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. In the 2010 redistricting process New Braunfels was moved to 25-5A and Smithson Valley dropped from 5A to 4A due to enrollment numbers. Both schools are now in 25-6A.
3.If a school is added to our district does that mean our softball and baseball schedules for this spring 2016 will have to be change?
NO. While the redistricting is announced in February the actually start for the new districts is not until August 2016 at the start of the 2016-17 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, how does that happen?
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 redistricting release date.
5. Are the district set in stone on the Release date of February 1st or will their be changes?
NO. Feb 1 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 classifiacations 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. NEISD sets it’s Junior High Schedules. Current 8th graders and 7th graders will eventually participate at the high school level in the districts announced on February 1st.
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.
8. What is the best place to find out all of the new districts?
The JJNation twitter feed 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.