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THSCA convention notebook: UIL follows NCAA’s lead to reduce violent hits to head and neck
FORT WORTH — The UIL is following the NCAA’s lead with the adoption of stricter targeting penalties intended to prevent violent head and neck hits on defenseless players.
The NCAA recently mandated that a targeting penalty be accompanied by an automatic ejection from the game. The same rule will apply to Texas high school football players this fall.
“With reference to targeting, since it is a safety issue, there was a recommendation made that we not make an exception to the rule itself,” UIL athletic director Mark Cousins said Monday at the Texas High School Coaches Association’s convention. “But we are going to litigate the penalties.”
The only exception the UIL has made, Cousins said, is an ejection from a second contest. The NCAA rule provides that a player who is penalized in the second half must sit out the first half of his next game.
“The ejection rule will not carry over to the next game,” Cousins said. “The targeting foul will still be called the same way, but the penalty will not carry over.”
Cousins said the lack of instant replay was one of the primary reasons the second-game suspension was not included.
What defines a targeting penalty did not change in either the NCAA or UIL rules. A penalty occurs when a player initiates contact with the crown of his helmet or targets the head or neck of a defenseless player.
State volleyball “probably” returning to North Texas: The UIL state volleyball championship was moved from San Marcos to Garland last year, and Cousins said a return to North Texas is in the works.
The 2012 championship at the Curtis Culwell Center saw increased attendance at every classification, and it more than doubled for the Class 4A and 5A finals.
“We’re in the process of doing that contract again, so we’ll probably be up in the Metroplex,” Cousins said.
The state football and wrestling venues have also not been announced. The football championships have been at Cowboys Stadium the last two years, and the UIL has an option in the contract to remain there this fall.
Charter schools can appeal classification: Charter schools will have a different classification process beginning in 2014 — a change that stems from Triple-A Academy’s success in Class A last year, UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison said.
Charters will now be placed in the smallest classification within the already existing school district, if that district has three or more high schools. So charter schools in Dallas, for example, will compete in Class 3A.
“There will be an opportunity to appeal that by any charter school that is elevated,” Harrison said. “We’re still in the middle of working that process out, but there will be an appeal process and a committee to appeal to.”
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Area football all-stars
The THSCA all-star football game is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium. Area athletes selected for the game:
West Texas A&M
Stephen F. Austin