ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Freshmen will continue to be allowed to participate at the varsity level, soccer season will remain a spring sport, and there will not be a shot clock added to basketball in Texas after the proposals for these rule changes and several others were rejected by the University Interscholastic League's Athletics committee Tuesday.
Of the four proposals that were passed, two pertained to sports officials' compensation and increase in travel reimbursement for officials. Another was a proposal to codify summer and off-season strength and conditioning changes that had beeen implemented as a response to COVID-19, and the final one that passed dealt with updating a list of classes which have an exception to the UIL rule that limits enrollment in PE courses during the school day.
Prohibiting freshmen athletes from competing and playing at the varsity level was on the list of proposals that were denied, rejected or had no action taken. Also on that list were changing soccer to a fall sport, adding a shot clock to basketball, adjusting track & field scoring to include eighth place, limiting or elimination coaches from being able to scratch officials, and in softball, altering language of scrimmages per week along with allowing the 15-run rule after three innings in bi-district and area playoff rounds.
Five proposals warranted the committee to further study, and two others will continue to be monitored. Those two prosposals pertained to strength and conditioning for in-season student-athletes, and to study participation protocols for UIL schools while competing against non-UIL teams.