Knock 'em out: the UIL approves three-game-per-day tournament schedule in basketball, soccer

One of the most obscure, yet intriguing proposals that passed in Tuesday's UIL Standing Committee on Athletics was a recommendation from the league's staff to change the basketball and soccer guidelines to allow teams to play three tournament games in a single day, if that tournament was scheduled on Saturday.

In the current UIL Constitution, both sports' plans say that no high school team shall participate in "more than two interschool" games per day, including tournaments.

There were three reasons given for the UIL staff's proposal. First, it would draw basketball and soccer in line with other team sports; softball, baseball and volleyball all have three-game limitations. Additionally, junior high basketball and soccer don't have similar restrictions. And, perhaps most important, it would allow an eight-team tournament to be completed in a single day - eliminating the need for an overnight hotel stay.

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