UIL Realignment News

The Austin high school athletics scene just got even more saucier.

The redistricting of many Austin schools saw the likes of Pflugerville, Leander, and Austin Vandergrift all make moves between both classes and districts.

Here’s a quick summary of the main moves in Austin 6A districts:

  • 6A District 13
    • IN: Austin Vandergrift, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Leander
    • OUT: Pflugerville
  • 6A District 25
    • IN: Austin, Austin Akins, Austin Anderson, Austin Bowie, Buda Hays, Del Valle
    • OUT: Austin Vandergrift, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Leander

Austin’s 5A districts saw a major shuffle as the addition of the 6A class reduced the number of districts from 32 to 16. As a result Austin’s new districts, districts 11 and 12 in the newly created 5A division 1, were originally zoned to Dallas high schools. Here’s the new realignment for the 2018-2020 school years:

  • 5A Division 1 District 11
    • IN: Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto, Leander Rouse, Manor, Pflugerville, Pflugerville Connally
  • 5A Division 1 District 12
    • IN: Austin Crockett, Austin Johnson, Austin Lanier, Austin McCallum, Austin Reagan, Austin Travis, Dripping Springs, Seguin

A major theme in the redistricting was the consolidation and shrinking of classes, and the addition of the 6A class three years ago helped slash the number of districts in class 5A in half for this realignment.

While the 6A class was initially created as simply a reclassification of class 5A, new cutoffs created by the UIL helped separate some of the larger “mega high schools” in the state from the smaller ones they competed with resulting in a less crowded Central Texas high school arena.

The UIL’s cutoff numbers used for this realignment are: Class 6A, 2,190 and above; Class 5A, 1,150-2,189; Class 4A, 505-1,149; Class 3A, 225-504; Class 2A, 105-224; and Class 1A below 105.

These new realignments are set to take effect starting this fall when high school football for the 2018 season gets underway.

As the season countdown continues, we teamed up with iHSFAN to hear what coaches from impacted schools had to say about their team’s move as well as the season ahead. You can find interviews with these eight coaches below.

Head coach interviews

Galen Zimmerman, Dripping Springs

The Dripping Springs Tigers are moving over to Class 5A Division 1, District 12 ahead of the 2018 football season. Here’s what head coach Galen Zimmerman had to say about the move:

Charles Taylor, McCallum

 The Austin McCallum Tigers are moving…districts at least. The Tigers will kick off the 2018 football season in Class 5A Division 1, District 12. Hear head coach Charles Taylor’s thoughts on the redistricting:

Steve van Meter, Hutto

 Head coach Steve van Meter and the Hutto Hippos found themselves to be part of the UIL’s redistricting ahead of the 2018 football season. Hear his thoughts on the Hippos’ move to Class 5A Division 1, District 11:

Drew Sanders, Vandergrift

Austin Vandergrift is leaving Class 6A District 25 for District 13. This will pit it against teams like Lake Travis and Westlake for the 2018 season. Hear head coach Drew Sanders’ thoughts on the team’s move:

Jeff Cheatham, Round Rock

The Round Rock Dragons didn’t move districts, but found new 2018 district foes in Leander, Austin Vandergrift, and Cedar Park Vista Ridge. Hear head coach Jeff Cheatham thoughts on this swtichup:

Carl Abseck, Cedar Park

Cedar Park makes its move to Class 5A Division 1, District 11 ahead of the 2018 football season, pitting them against teams like Hutto and Plfugerville. Hear head coach Carl Abseck’s thoughts on the UIL’s redistricting:

Jim Mitchell, Manor Mustangs

Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Georgetown: meet the Manor Mustangs. They’re moving to Class 5A Division 1, District 11 ahead of the 2018 football season. Hear head coach Jim Mitchell’s thoughts on the UIL’s redistricting:

Howard McMahan, McNeil Mavericks

While the McNeil Mavericks didn’t move due to UIL redistricting, the 2018 football season will see them pitted against schools like Austin Vandergrift and Cedar Park Vista Ridge. Hear head coach Howard McMahan’s thoughts on the Mavericks’ future opponents:

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