LUBBOCK, TX – Today, Senator Charles Perry filed SB 237 to limit the number of teams advancing to the playoffs from each University Interscholastic League (UIL) district to two teams.


“Current UIL rules allow 50%-74% of football teams to make the playoffs,” said Senator Charles Perry. “We have truly watered down competition to the point that 0-10 and 1-9 teams are able to make the playoffs in some districts.”


Earlier this year, a school in Houston made Texas history by becoming the first winless team to advance to the playoffs.


“This not only devalues the hard work of the first and second place teams in a district, but it costs our school districts thousands of dollars that could be spent in the classroom,” continued Perry. “The cost is especially high in rural areas. Some schools in my district are spending an upwards of $8,000 per playoff game.”


Costs often go beyond the football team to include the band, cheerleaders and other support organizations. Depending on the distance traveled costs can include travel, food and lodging.


56% of the 1,209 Texas high school football teams made it to the playoffs this last year. Under Perry’s bill, 384 teams would have still been playoff eligible or roughly 32%.


“I have fond memories of playing high school football. My coaches served as role models, teaching me valuable life lessons and instilling in me a desire to succeed,” Perry added. “It is my hope that this bill will help us celebrate triumph, give school districts more flexibility with their budgets and reduce the burden on families during the holiday season.”


Due to how playoff systems are structured, Perry’s bill would only affect traditional team sports such as football, baseball, volleyball and basketball.


If you have any questions or comments about this bill or any of Senator Perry’s legislative agenda, please feel free to contact Travis McCormick at 512-463-0128 or

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Don Heller (Friday, 12 December 2014 01:44)

    for goodness sake that should be decided by UIL. Republicans are for smaller government? Right? Get out of that and let the UIL handle that!

  • #2

    Anita Riley (Saturday, 13 December 2014 18:57)

    I am not for certain, but I doubt that the money spent for athletic teams is ever available to be spent on anything in a classroom. Money is budgeted for each department and not ever transferred to another department. I have this funny feeling this Mr Perry didn't do his homework, but I could be wrong. When my district, I am a teacher, built our 17 million dollar football stadium, people were in an uproar! As a teacher in that district, I had a dinosaur PC on my desk that only worked some of the time, state adopted curriculum that was already 10 yrs old ( it is supposed to be updated every 7-8 yrs and we used it for another 3 yrs before more was adopted/purchased) and no other technology in my classroom. When we questioned the justification of spending millions of dollars on a football stadium that would only benefit a small portion of our district, we were told that the money being spent had been budgeted for that purpose and the athletic funds and classroom funds are two different accounts. Those monie could never be mixed or transferred from one account to another.