UIL approves proposal to implement major changes to playoff format for basketball and other sports

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has approved a proposal to restructure the postseason formats for various sports, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball. Starting from the next school year, each classification will be split into two divisions based on enrollment, similar to the current 6A football postseason format. This change will result in two champions being crowned in each classification.

State tournaments may now be limited to only championship matches due to this new format. The UIL’s goal behind these changes is to promote competitive equity across the state and provide more opportunities for member schools to win state championships. Some Dallas-area coaches have expressed support for the new format, while others have voiced concerns that it could diminish the level of competition.

Despite some coaches being unaware of the proposal until recently, these changes have been in the works for several months. Stay tuned for updates on this evolving story. Follow @t_myah for more information on high school sports coverage from The Dallas Morning News and sign up for the FREE HS newsletter.

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