UIL announces realignment for 2016 thru 2018 for high school football, basketball

The Texas University Interscholastic League announced Monday the realignment  of districts for high school football and basketball.  The UIL undertakes realignment every two years.

While there were no big surprises in the redistricting, there are some changes to note. In 3A football, Tornillo now gets a somewhat more friendly travel schedule, but cross-county school Anthony continues to take lengthy road trips while competing in 2A.

In 6-man football, area 1A schools Dell City and Sierra Blanca also make long-haul trips east to compete.

4A is again a Cotton Valley League, save for the trip east to Andrews. Over in 5A and 6A, the schedules remain the same – save for Canutillo moving from 1-5A to 2-5A and the addition of Pebble Hills High as the area’s newest 6A school.

According to Monday’s release, schools may play their first game no earlier than August 25, 2016. A proposal passed by the Legislative Council in October 2013 allows sub-varsity football teams in Conferences 5A and 6A to play on Wednesday during week 1 (previously termed zero-week) only if the varsity team plays on Thursday of that same week.

The first playing dates for football for the 2016-17 season are August 25-27 and schools are limited to no more than ten games. Regional teams have been in italics

1A District 5 – Balmorhea, Dell City, Grandfalls-Royalty, Sanderson, Sierra Blanca

Full 1A/Division2 list HERE

2A District 3 – Anthony, Christoval, Eldorado, McCamey, Ozona

Full 2A / Division 1 list HERE

2A District 5 – Iraan, Menard, Mertzon Irion County, Van Horn, Wink

Full 2A / Division2 list HERE

3A District 2 –  Crane, Kermit, San Angelo Grape Creek, Tornillo, Wall

Full 3A/ Division1 list HERE

4A District 2 –  Andrews, Clint, Mountain View, Fabens, San Elizario

Full 4a / Division1 list HERE

5A District 1 – El Paso, Andress, Austin, Bowie, Burges, Chapin, Irvin, Jefferson

5A District 2 – Canutillo, Horizon, Bel Air, Del Valle, Eastlake, Hanks, Parkland, Riverside, Ysleta

Full 5A list HERE

6A District 1 – Americas, Coronado, Eastwood, El Dorado, Franklin, Montwood, Pebble Hills, Socorro

Full 6A list HERE

All Divisions & District links, plus information on the schools HERE

If a district is unhappy with their placement, the UIL has an appeals process; according to the UIL’s release: A participant school may request an appeal of the district assignment by filing its request and a supporting statement with the District Assignment Appeals Committee and informing, in writing, the superintendent and principal of the schools in the conference and district to which it was assigned and notifying the superintendent and principal of the schools in the conference and district to which it wishes to be assigned. Notification must go to all schools that could be involved in the change. This appeal must be made by February 11, 2016. The meeting at which appeals will be heard is scheduled for February 18, 2016.