UIL to discuss home-field advantage for all first-round playoff games


Wimberley football coach Doug Warren would like an opportunity to play a first-round playoff game at Texan Stadium.

On Tuesday, the University Interscholastic League legislative council might grant him that wish.

The council will convene to review UIL rules and vote on proposed rule changes. Among the possible changes is to allow higher-seeded teams to have home-field advantage for the bi-district round for all classifications.

First-round games for higher-seeded teams were introduced in 2014 for Class 6A. This fall Class 5A will adhere to that change. The council will determine on Tuesday whether the same rule should apply to classes 4A and below.

“I would like to see it for a couple of reasons,” said Warren, whose Texans compete in 4A. “First, it rewards a team that finishes in the top part of the district. Also, there are so many teams making the playoffs now, it’s very hard for some of us smaller schools to find neutral-site games in the first round. Most of the venues are locked up by the bigger schools. This would make it a lot easier.”

Burnet coach Kurt Jones agreed with Warren.

“Over the last four or five years, you can tell that there is a race to secure a place to play,” Jones said.

Also on Tuesday, the council will discuss having home-field advantage for higher-seeded baseball teams in the first round of the playoffs.

The UIL will also consider tougher penalties for football players who are ejected from games. Currently, such players are required to miss the first half of the next game. In other UIL sports, ejected players are not allowed to play in the following game.

Other items on the agenda Tuesday include discussing adding a third district golf team to participate in regionals, a proposal to add the 200-meter race and discus for wheelchair athletes in track and field competitions and a proposal to ban train horns at football games.

The 32-member legislative council is composed of school administrators from each of the four regions within the six UIL conferences and eight at-large members, two from each of the four UIL regions.



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