AUSTIN, TX—The results of the 2017 UIL referendum ballot are in and two measures were approved by superintendents across the state. Conference 5A football will change to a split conference format and the number of allowable tournaments and meets for all sports except football has been restored.
Conference 5A superintendents voted 144 to 77 in favor of a split conference format in football. Teams will be placed in divisions based on enrollment for the entire alignment period, instead of the current format that divides them in the playoffs. This change will go into effect for the 2018-2020 alignment. The split conference format is currently utilized in conferences 1A-4A.
Superintendents voted to restore allowable tournaments and meets for all sports except for football by a vote of 575 to 424 across all six conferences. Beginning on August 1, 2017, the number of tournaments and meets will return to three tournaments for team sports, excluding football, and eight meets for individual sports. The number of tournaments and meets was previously reduced in 2012 by a vote of the Legislative Council.
In October 2016, the UIL Legislative Council placed these items on a referendum ballot. The full referendum ballot results can be found here: