UIL officials said Monday that they are looking into policy changes that might help coaches regain some measure of contact they have lost with the advent of select 7-on-7 teams.
On the table for discussion among the UIL committees is relaxing the limitations on a football coach’s ability to coach their players during the off-season.
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Local stars: Connor Davis, Colleyville Heritage; Shane Fulp, Fort Worth Southwest; Tanner Jacobson, Southlake Carroll; Juan Perez, Birdville
This could include as little as adding time onto summer strength and conditioning practices that could include skill training, or give coaches the ability to be on the sidelines for 7-on-7 competitions.
“We get some coaches that say, ‘Let us coach. We’d rather us coaching our kids than someone else,’” UIL executive director Charles Breithaupt said. “Here’s the thing we have to look at: It’s hard to compete with groups that don’t have any restrictions.
“We have a educational mission. That’s foremost to us. We have to protect the integrity of our competition and we also have to have a limit on time.”
Passing on thanks
Birdville offensive lineman Juan Perez played on the same line as Joas Aguilar, an Under Armour All-American Bowl selection who signed with Texas A&M.
At the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game, Perez will represent his alma mater.
“Joas was a great teammate,” said Perez, who has signed with UT San Antonio. “Honestly, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him. We kept each other up there, we motivated each other, we worked out together.”
Perez expects to play a lot at both offensive tackle positions in the game, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
“This is a great experience, seeing my name out there,” Perez said. “Twenty years from now I can look back and know that I was an All-Star.”
The Triple A question
The UIL hopes to level the playing field between small public schools and metropolitan charter schools by determining a charter school’s classification based on its location.
Schools located inside the boundaries of a school district that has three or more schools must align with the smallest classification represented in that school district.
The Dallas Triple A Academy boys basketball team beat Mumford, 80-54, for the Class A Division 1 title in March.
The thought is areas with higher population have more of a talent pool to draw from, despite the small enrollment of most charter schools, while Class A schools in a sparsely populated area have less of a talent pool form which to draw.
UIL deputy executive director Jamey Harrison said the UIL will also propose to the legislative committee in October the creation of an an ad hoc committee to research the changing definition of what a school is in the current world of charter, online and home schools.
Texas Tech hopeful
Former Southlake Carroll safety Tanner Jacobson confirmed his status as a preferred walk-on at Texas Tech.
Jacobson’s been in Lubbock since June, competing in seven on seven scrimmages and improving his strength and fitness. The safety said he was looking forward to suiting up for the North All-Stars in Tuesday’s game. “It’s been fun competing against talented guys all week,” he said.
-No venue has officially been contracted for the 2013 UIL state football championships in December, but AT&T Stadium is still held in high regard by the UIL
“We’ll say that our schools and members of the UIL, as well as members of the public and the coaches association, have been very pleased with the venue for the state championship at AT&T Stadium,” UIL athletic director Mark Cousins said. “It’s something that’s been a real exciting opportunity for our schools and it’s something we’re looking forward to going forward on.”
-The UIL volleyball state looks to be returning to the area again this year, after it was moved to the Garland Events Center in 2012 due to Formula 1 racing in Austin.
“We’re in the process of doing that contract again so we’ll probably be back up in the Metroplex,” Cousins said.
-The UIL is also looking for a new venue for wrestling to accommodate the growing number of teams participating, hoping to bring the tournament back down to two days. The sport split into Class 5A and 4A last year for boys and girls, and took three days to complete.
- Number of coaches registered for the convention after the first day: 11,609.
Correspondents Travis L. Brown and Christian Clark contributed to this report.
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