The University Interscholastic League's biennial realignment for football and basketball was revealed Monday morning, shuffling several teams to new districts and some to new classes.
In the age of the Bowl Championship Series, one might assume a complicated computer program is used to help fairly realign UIL districts every two years -- but that is far from how things are done.
The UIL uses maps, pushpins and rubber bands, to try to align districts in a way that offers minimal travel. After submitting their enrollment in October, the UIL begins to plot the schools, by population and not name, on a map. The rubber band is then placed around pushpins to draw the geographic boundary of the district.
Schools with a population of 2,065 or more are designated Class 5A. Those with populations between 990 and 2,064 are Class 4A while those with populations between 430 and 989 are Class 3A.
Notable class and district changes are listed below.
Mansfield Legacy, Mansfield Timberview, Midlothian, Saginaw, Arlington Seguin and Denton Guyer moving from Class 4A to Class 5A.
Fort Worth Carter-Riverside, Frisco Heritage, Keller Timber Creek and Northwest Byron Nelson moving from Class 3A to Class 4A. Additionally, Fort Worth Dunbar moves up to 4A by request.
Class 2A Division I champ Pilot Point moved up to Class 3A. Pilot Point now shares Region II with Class 3A Division I champ Gilmer and Division II champion Carthage.
Carrollton Creeview, Dallas Molina, Mansfield Summit and Wylie moving from Class 5A to Class 4A.
Fort Worth Polytechnic and Dallas A Maceo Smith move down from 4A to 3A.
North Crowley, Weatherford and Fort Worth Paschal join the Arlington schools in Distrcit 4-5A while state power house Euless Trinity moves into a 9-team District 6-5A. Southlake Carroll moves into 7-5A to compete with Keller and Denton-area schools. Mansfield schools now take district matchups east into Grand Prairie and south to Midlothian. In West Texas, the Abilene schools have been reunited with Midland and Odessa in a historically powerful 5A football district.
The UIL adjusts its districts, regions and classes for about 1,300 schools every two years based on enrollment figures collected from the Texas Education Agency.
Schools may appeal their district assignment. Those that wish to do so must file their appeal by Feb. 11.