Shot clocks will remain absent from UIL basketball games. At least for now.
The National Federation of State High School Associations announced last year that states can adopt a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball games beginning with the 2022-23 season. At that time, the UIL wasn’t ready to add that.
The UIL revisited the topic at Tuesday’s legislative council meeting and denied, rejected or took no action on a proposal to add a shot clock. The UIL did not specify its decision in its report.
Many around the state have advocated for the adoption of a shot clock for years, and some private schools will finally get to use one. The Southwest Preparatory Conference decided in February to add a 35-second shot clock beginning next season.
Two other proposals that were heard Tuesday were to prohibit freshmen from participating in varsity competitions and to change soccer from a spring sport to a fall sport. The UIL rejected the proposal regarding freshmen, and it denied, rejected or took no action on the soccer proposal.
Many around the Dallas area were against moving soccer to the fall, saying it would cause complications and conflicts with football and club soccer. Some fear that club players would choose not to play high school soccer if a change was made, and at some schools the soccer coach also helps coach football. It could also put a strain on athletic trainers if they had to try to handle football, volleyball and soccer in the fall.
“This is ummm not the solution. No field space, players play both sports, on top of club soccer, which is heavy in the fall. This would be a catastrophic move. Please do not approve this,” Flower Mound Marcus boys soccer coach Sam Garza posted on Twitter.
Arlington Bowie boys soccer coach Chris Alegria added, “What soccer coach in Texas wants to share fields with football? I wonder who would win if there is a scheduling conflict. That is a terrible idea. No freshmen is also terrible. Our freshman had the game winning goal in the playoffs. If they can play, let them play!”
There was also great opposition to the proposal to prevent freshmen from playing varsity sports. There is concern that athletes would start leaving Texas to move somewhere they could play right away, and smaller schools would be hurt because they have fewer athletes to choose from to begin with.
Oregon football pledge Ashton Cozart, a four-star wide receiver at Flower Mound Marcus, voiced his displeasure with the proposal, saying on Twitter, “Quick way to lose more of us to AAU and club sports. It’s already happening.”
There are plenty of recent examples locally of freshmen having sensational seasons. This year, freshman Kennedy Fuller was named The Dallas Morning News‘All-Area girls soccer player of the year after scoring 26 goals as Southlake Carroll won the Class 6A state title.
New SMU running back Camar Wheaton averaged 13 yards per carry and had 11 rushing touchdowns as a freshman at Garland Lakeview en route to becoming a five-star recruit. The Colony’s Jayda Coleman, now a star on Oklahoma’s back-to-back national championship softball teams, was a first-team All-American and The Dallas Morning News All-Area Player of the Year as a freshman and led her school to a state title that year. In track, Mansfield Lake Ridge’s Jasmine Moore won state titles in the triple jump and long jump as a freshman before going on to become an Olympian.
The UIL did pass a proposal to continue the additional offseason and summer strength and conditioning workouts that were implemented during the pandemic. The UIL will study a proposal to require all baseball playoff series in Class 6A and 5A to be best-of-3 series leading up to the state tournament and will study a proposal to adjust the process of the Previous Athletic Participation Form (PAPF) if a student is transferring to a UIL school from a private school.
There were also proposals for coaches to have the option of using the 15-run mercy rule in the first two rounds of the playoffs in softball, and for track to go to a scoring format that awards points to the top eight finishers instead of the top six at postseason track meets. Neither passed.
The UIL heard a proposal to consider adding boys volleyball. It is a sport that is already sanctioned in 28 states.
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