AUSTIN — The University Interscholastic League passed a proposal that would add a fourth-place postseason qualifier for all Class 3A and 2A sports during the league’s summer meetings Tuesday.

The main sport included in the proposal is football, in which 3A Division I currently plays one less playoff game and 2A has first-round byes.

Class 5A and 4A already have four playoff teams per district.

The change, which is still awaiting approval by the UIL’s Legislative Council, could go into effect for the 2013-14 school year.

The Legislative Council is scheduled to meet in October.

The UIL also proposed the addition of a Class 6A during the summer meetings, but the move wouldn’t split the state’s largest classification.

Instead, all schools would simply move up to the next highest conference, creating a new classification for the state’s smallest schools.

Class 5A would become 6A and 4A would become 5A, etc.

The six-man football division would become 1A.

The UIL also created a task force to look into adding a private school division.

Tyler’s largest private schools are members of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

The proposals were first reported by The Dallas Morning News.

Tyler ISD athletic director Rod Kaspar explained the steps of UIL changes.

“What the (UIL) usually does is send a survey out to each superintendent when they are getting ready to make a change and get their input on it and bring it back to the committee,” Kaspar said. “They look at the results and decide what they are going to do from those results.”

The UIL is also looking into adding boys and girls soccer and team tennis to Class 3A.

Currently, schools with 3A enrollments compete in 4A, and the UIL only sanctions 5A and 4A in team tennis.

 
 

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