igh school swimmers, coaches, and fans are on the edges of their
bleachers - waiting for the UIL's
2012-13 swimming alignments.
Many are genuinely shocked
that this important information has been delayed.
Some of us aren't the least bit
surprised by this latest issue.
You can bet, though, that your high school coaches' association leadership is all over it, right?
I'll have to tag this as "Ever So Slightly Humorous" now.
It's ventin' time:Relay Take-Off Judging
Remember when Dan McAllen
helped run the state swim meet?
Sure you do. Those were the "good old days" when automatic relay take-off judging equipment was used properly. We'd never even heard of Appendix B, right?
The UIL rules were quietly changed in 2009 - also known as 0001 A.D. (After Dan) - and problems resulted immediately.
Your Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association
(TISCA) leadership didn't take a stand until 2011 (0003 A.D.), when the heat was turned waaaaaaay up by swimmers, media, parents, and TISCA-member coaches.Posting Call-Ups
This year TISCA leadership agreed to stop posting state meet call-ups on the TISCA site. When the official UIL lists were finally made public, there were several errors.
Our coaches, swimmers, and fans would be best served if we returned to the practice of posting an unofficial call-up list on the TISCA site.Officials
This year all swim officials came under the UIL umbrella. For fifty bucks, volunteers can test and become UIL officials. TISCA no longer plays a roll in certifying officials.
As a result, we've seen a tremendous drop in the number of available high school officials - especially for diving competitions.Push for Twenty-Four
We want twenty-four (24) qualifyers to the state meet, right? Shouldn't TISCA be presenting meet formats to the UIL so it can become a reality? Isn't it worth it to make an annual effort?
Instead of increased representation, could we be looking at a reduction in qualifiers? Don't be surprised if the UIL tries for a third swimming division (3A?). TISCA leadership has failed to throw cold water on that idea, so it may still be on the UIL's drawing board.Switcheroo
A region allowed a school to qualify a relay to state meet via the old "switcheroo". The UIL upheld this blatant violation of National Federation rules and allowed the relay to advance. I suppose we'll hear cries of "foul" from our TISCA leadership if it happens again next year, right?Meetings
Okay, this one really
According to the TISCA By-Laws:
ARTICLE I (Meetings)
Section 2 (Board of Directors Meeting)a) The Board of Directors shall meet prior to the Regular Meeting in the fall and shall meet again during the Spring Clinic. A quorum shall consist of those present and must include a majority of the Executive Board.
This year's spring clinic (Legends of Texas) was held up in Ft. Worth. Where did the TISCA board meeting take place? Do you really want to know? Want the truth?
How about in Austin!Edit:
I'd earlier posted that it was at UIL headquarters (it's been held there before). Sorry about the error.
Now do you see why a little delay in posting of alignments isn't all that shocking?
Still surprised your coaches' association has no comment?
Labels: Ever So Slightly Humorous, Poly-Ticks