By TONY EIERDAM
It is the time high school players, coaches and sports fans anxiously look forward to every other year – the University Interscholastic League redistricting.
In the past, the UIL would announce its redistricting and reclassification of Texas schools every other February, but this year the reclassification was done in December in part because of the new classifications which included adding a Class 6A and eliminating the term “six man” for those Class A schools that play six-man football, including Strawn and Gordon in Palo Pinto County.
The new classification cut off numbers divided the old “six man” and “Class A” into classifications 1A and 2A, with most of the larger schools currently in Class A “Division I” moving to 2A and the “Division II” schools and six man schools representing Class A.
The changes begin with the 2014-15 school year until the end of the 20-15-16 school year. In February of 2016 the UIL will go through the redistricting process again.
For the most part, coaches around the area are pleased with their new districts. In most cases, in Classes 1A-4A, basketball districts were different than the football districts, such as in the case of Mineral Wells High School, which will play football in District 4-4A and basketball in District 6-4A.
Graford, which does not play football, will stay in Class A and compete in District 17-A beginning next year. Perrin is also in this basketball district but the Pirates will play football in District 8-2A Division II along with Santo, which also will play in a different basketball District, 10-2A.
Graford head boys basketball coach Ty Tabor said moving into a new region may be challenging, but he feels travel will be lighter in the Jackrabbits and lady Rabbits new district.
“We are okay with our new district,” Tabor said. “At least we know what to expect. We just traded Paint Creek for Perrin and are happy about that from a travel standpoint.
“We also moved to a new region (Region 3) so we are not as familiar with a few of the teams as we are in Region 2.