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UIL 2006-08 Re-Alignment ( October 21, 2008 )

Every two years, in the first week of February, the statewide governing body of secondary school athletics (commonly known as the University Scholastic League) hands down the district assignments that every high school in the state will be competing in for the next two years. On February 2nd of this year, Frisco HS and Centennial HS were placed in Region II, District 9-AAAA. Wakeland HS and Liberty HS were placed in Region II, District 9-AAA.

Some people ask how districts are determined by the UIL. In October of the same year, each school in the state of Texas sends to the UIL their enrollment, or projected enrollment, for their particular high school. There are several ways this can be calculated. In a district in which growth is stable and they are not adding schools, their enrollment is simply calculated by adding the 9th-12th graders currently enrolled at that high school. In fast growing school districts such as Frisco ISD with multiple high schools and who are phasing in enrollments like we will be doing over at Wakeland and Liberty, projected enrollments are used by various calculations.

In October, Frisco High School’s enrollment for the fall of 2006 was calculated to be 1,679 students. Centennial High School’s enrollment was calculated to be 1,660 next fall. Using a formula devised by the UIL, Wakeland High School and Liberty High School’s projected enrollments could be determined as well. Wakeland’s projected enrollment for (3) grades was calculated to be 651, while Liberty’s projected enrollment for (2) grades was calculated to be 604. For placement into a UIL district, Wakeland and Liberty’s numbers were then “extended” by use of a multiplier, and a determination was made by the UIL as to their classification. At all of our FISD high school campuses, the actual enrollment for the fall of ‘06 could fluctuate some up and down from these projections. However, the figures sent to the UIL were based on data collected last October.

In order to participate in the AAAA division for the next two years a school’s enrollment had to fall between 950 – 1984 students. Both Frisco High and Centennial High were in that range so they were assigned to a AAAA district. In order to participate in the AAA division for the next two years a school’s enrollment had to fall between 414 – 949 students. When Wakeland High and Liberty High’s projected enrollment figure was “extended” by use of a multiplier, they both fell in that range so they were assigned to a AAA district. Regions and districts are formed according to geography. The UIL tries to organize districts so they will have as little travel as possible. Frisco and Centennial have been assigned to a district that includes Frisco, Centennial, Lake Dallas, The Colony, Little Elm, McKinney, McKinney Boyd, and McKinney North. Wakeland has been assigned to a district that includes Bonham, Celina, Wakeland, Pilot Point, Princeton, Prosper, Van Alstyne, and Whitesboro. Liberty will join Wakeland’s district in team sports, with the exception of football, in the 2007-08 school year.

Currently these districts are for football and basketball competition. However, rarely are the districts different for volleyball, cross-country, tennis, baseball, softball, golf, and track, than they are for football and basketball. Three sports that are sometimes an exception, when it comes to being in the same district with the other sports, are soccer, swimming, and wrestling. This is because, in the state of Texas, not all schools participate in soccer, swimming, and wrestling. The UIL assignments for soccer, swimming, and wrestling will come out in early April.

As far as the Frisco ISD middle schools are concerned, they are not tied to the same districts as the high schools. Frisco ISD has been, and currently is, in the North Central Texas Middle School District. For the ’06-’07 school year this district will have 13 schools in it. They include: Frisco ISD (Clark, Staley, Wester, Pioneer, Roach, Griffin), McKinney ISD (Dowell, Faubion, Johnson, Evans), Highland Park, Denison, and Sherman.

All in all, Frisco ISD was pleased with the new alignment for all high schools and middle schools. We feel the travel is accommodating and there will be a good competitive balance between opponents. We might also see some old rivalries rekindled with Little Elm and Celina, and some new ones as well with McKinney Boyd and The Colony.