Inconsistencies interpreting athletic rules

Inconsistencies interpreting athletic rules

State and national organizations governing athletic programs such as the UIL have difficulty correcting rule violations. Governing bodies oversee thousands of school district athletic programs. It is impossible to correct all rule violations, whether violations are intentional or not. The UIL relies on local school district administrators to police their own district.

During the 2020 Texas High School Coaching Association Webinar Conference this summer, UIL informed coaches to report rule violations to their executive committee (DEC), which is composed of a designated administrator from each conference school district. If the DEC determines a rule was violated, they have authority to initiate disciplinary or corrective measures.

There are problems with DEC designated administrators governing rule violations though. Many administrators do not interpret rules in the same manner. This causes inconsistencies.

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