The December Newsletter is now available on-line. Archived copies of our newsletters are available by clicking the "Newsletter" link on the left.
TGCA PRE-SEASON SOCCER POLL
The 2017 TGCA soccer pre-season poll has now been posted under the soccer tab and then under State Poll Results. Good luck to all of our member coaches this season.
2016-17 TGCA SPORTS HONORS ON-LINE NOMINATION DEADLINES
The on-line nomination deadline for all sports and spirit is the Monday before the state meet or tournament of that sport at 12:00 noon. If that on-line deadline is missed, the coach is responsible for submitting paper copies of nominations to their regional representative to the respective committee for that sport to be hand-delivered at the committee meeting. Academic All-State nominations, if the deadline is missed, should be faxed to the TGCA office. The 2016-17 on-line sport honors nomination deadlines are as follows:
Cheerleading - January 20, 2017
Swimming/Diving - February 13, 2017
Wrestling - February 20, 2017
Basketball - February 27, 2017
Soccer - April 10, 2017
Track & Field - May 8, 2017
Golf - May 15, 2017
Tennis - May 15, 2017
Softball - May 29, 2017
UIL NOTIFICATION OF SPRING TENNIS SEASON DATE CHANGES
Superintendents, Athletic Directors, and Coaches,
We hope this email finds you well, and your school year is off to a great start. We have made an adjustment to the spring tennis dates and wanted to make you aware of the changes, and provide explanation for those changes.
The changes to the spring tennis dates are due to various UIL activities during the month of April. The district tennis certification will change from April 5, 2017 to April 12, 2017. The second change for the tennis dates will be an extension of regional tournament dates. Those dates were originally, April 17th and April 18th. The dates will now extend to April 17th – April 19th to complete the regional tennis tournaments. Due to some of our regional sites hosting two conferences; this will allow flexibility to scheduling. As a reminder, regional tournaments are limited to two days for any one conference.
Also, we have received questions concerning the length of time between the regional tennis tournament and the state tournament. As you know we have numerous UIL activities in the spring. The UIL has made every effort to avoid conflicts causing schools or individuals to have to choose to participate in one activity over the other. With the high volume of activities coupled with the state testing calendar, this proves to be very challenging. With that being said, May 17th – May 19th was the best available date that could be utilized for our state tennis tournament.
Please let me know of any questions you may have concerning these changes in dates. We hope you have a great first week of school!
Susan Elza, Ed.D.
Director of Athletics
Assistant Athletic Director
Please address any and all questions to Dr. Elza or Darryl Beasley at the UIL.
TGCA HAS MOVED
We have completed the move to the new offices at 1011 San Jacinto Boulevard, Suite 405 A. Please continue to use the mailing address of P.O. Box 2137, Austin, Texas, 78768 for all correspondence. The phone numbers and fax number will stay the same. Phones are up and internet is on. We appreciate your patience as we finish the transition into the new digs!.
**IMPORTANT - NEW MAILING ADDRESS FOR TGCA**
Effective immediately, TGCA has a new mailing address. Please update your records and inform your business offices. All mail should be sent to P.O. BOX 2137, AUSTIN, TX 78768.
KAY YOW CANCER FUND - TGCA CHARITY OF CHOICE
When you are ready to get started planning your game! Let’s make Texas the national leader in this year’s Play4Kay!
Robin Pate (919-659-3303 or email@example.com) or
Sarah Womack (919-659-3302 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Nancy Walling (512-657-6755) or email@example.com
Play4Kay - Tshirts contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or direct at 919-659-3333.
Additional Incentive – if you donate $1,200 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, we will send your team 20 limited edition Kay Yow NIKE Collection headties!
Also, all monies raised through the Texas High School Play4Kay initiative will go toward a grant for cancer research in the state of Texas!
MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONSYou MUST be a member of TGCA before November 1st to nominate for honors or to receive honors as a coach. If you miss that deadline, you will have to file an appeal with the Executive Committee to see if you will be eligible to nominate for honors or to receive honors yourself. If you need help with the renewal process, or the appeals process, please contact us. We will be happy to assist you. Thank you for your continued support of TGCA.
2017 TGCA SUMMER CLINIC - ATHLETIC AND SPIRIT DIVISIONS
The 2017 TGCA Summer Clinic for both the Spirit Division and Athletic Division will be held in Austin at the Austin Convention Center July 10-13. The Agenda can be found under the "Summer Clinic" category in the menu on the left-hand side of this page. Make your plans early to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.
UIL IN-SERVICE PRESENTATIONS
The 2016-17 UIL In-Service Presentations as presented at Summer Clinic are now available. Click on the update you wish to view.
UIL 2016-17 RCP COURSES
The 2016-2017 RCP courses are now available on UIL online for coaches and administrators to access.
- Updated instructions and FAQs have been posted to our website: http://www.uiltexas.org/athletics/rules-compliance-program
- The courses can be accessed at www.uil-texas.net
H.B. 2038 Requirements
The Texas Girls Coaches Association, in partnership with Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine, is offering, FREE OF CHARGE, the training required by H.B. 2038. Coaches were required by state law to complete two (2) hours of concussion training no later than September 1, 2012. In addition, coaches are required to complete two (2) hours of additional concussion training every two years. The Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine group is certified through the TEA and approved by the UIL to offer the concussion training course. Through the website of the Texas Girls Coaches Association, this course is being offered online at no cost to all coaches. A test must be passed at the completion of the course. If the test is passed, the coach will then be able to print a certificate of completion that can be filed with their school. Please proceed to the following link to begin the training. Once you have accessed the link, click on “Texas Coaches Concussion Training”.
*CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2016 TGCA SPECIAL AWARDS RECIPIENTS*
HALL OF FAME:
MARGARET MCKOWN DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD:
SPORTSWRITERS OF THE YEAR:
2017 UIL STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TICKET ORDER FORM
Click here to find the 2017 UIL Basketball State Tournament Member School Order Form for the Girls Tournament, March 2-4, 2017 and the Boys Tournament, March 9-11, 2017.
UIL Girls and Boys Basketball State All-Tournament tickets will go on sale by mail order only, Monday, March 14, 2016 to UIL Member high schools administrators, athletic directors and basketball coaches. Orders will be filled in the order in which they are received by the Alamodome Box Office. Postmarks prior to March 14th will be penalized.
Each ticket order request must be accompanied by a letter signed by the high school principal or school district superintendent on school letterhead including the following:
Specific school name being represented on ticket application
Employee’s name responsible for tickets
Ticket quantity for the specific tournament
The Alamodome will accept credit cards and school checks only. Tickets will be mailed to the address listed on the form beginning April 15, 2016.
Please note, tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10:00 a.m. on April 15, 2016 through Ticketmaster.
UIL VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE START DATE 2016-17
As part of the Sunset Review process initiated by the Texas Legislature, the UIL convened a Review Advisory Committee as well as Contest Rules Committees for each of our competition divisions in Academics, Athletics and Music.
One of the proposals recommended by the Athletic Contest Rules Committee, and approved by the UIL Legislative Council in October, relates to adjusting seasons of volleyball, basketball and soccer to allow school administrators to determine whether to conduct Regional Tournaments in those activities (volleyball, basketball and soccer).
As the effective date for this rule change is August, 1, 2016, this change will not impact the volleyball season for the 2016-17 school year as the calendar for 2016 would put the start date of volleyball in July (prior to the effective date). As such, even if the rule is approved by the Commissioner of Education as required by law, it would not have any impact on the dates currently listed in the tentative UIL calendar for the 2016-17 school year for volleyball.
Practice for volleyball will still begin on the first Monday in August (August 1, 2016); scrimmages could begin on August 5; and matches could begin August 8, 2016.
If approved by the Commissioner as mentioned above, the rule change will have an impact on both basketball and soccer schedules for the 2016-17 school year. UIL will release more information related to this rule change upon approval by the Commissioner of Education.
BALFOUR RINGS - ALL-STAR, ALL-STATE & ACADEMIC ALL-STATE
Balfour, the official ring supplier of the Texas Girls Coaches Association, is now offering student/athletes selected under the TGCA umbrella for All-State, All-Star, and Academic All-State the opportunity to purchase a ring to symbolize their achievement. All the rings offered are custom crafted just for the individual by specialized Balfour craftsmen. Balfour’s expert craftsmanship ensures that the official TGCA ring becomes a distinctive keepsake and a symbol of the student/athlete’s athletic or academic success.
“The Texas Girls Coaches Association and Balfour have formed a partnership to service all the ring needs for individuals selected by the association for All-State, All-Star, and Academic All-State. There have been requests, and a need for many years, for an official ring offered by TGCA for the student/athlete honors provided by TGCA. Balfour, through their passion for celebrating life-defining moments, has designed custom rings for TGCA that applaud the success of all student/athletes selected by the member coaches of the association for honors. Additional information and order forms can be seen on the Texas Girls Coaches Association web-site at: www.austintgca.com,” said Executive Director Sam Tipton.
MAXPREPS STATS AND SCORES
MaxPreps, an affiliate of CBS Sports, is a FREE sports information service provided to you and your team as a membership benefit of the Texas Girls Coaches Association. MaxPreps.com aspires to cover, at no cost to TGCA members, every team, every game and every player. This tool will be extremely beneficial to you as a high school coach, your parents, fans, school administration, athletic directors and webmasters. MaxPreps is now also a sponsor of the UIL. TGCA highly encourages you to utilize this valuable service.
Please enter information on your team. As a member coach of TGCA , take the time to use MaxPreps to provide FREE hard-earned recognition for your team. MaxPreps is an on-line service designed to record your team's achievements. Go to www.maxpreps.com or click the MaxPreps logo above and enter your information today.
Check out the MaxPreps stats and scores on the MaxPreps widget at the bottom of the page.
Any coach who has not received their user name and password for their free MaxPreps team account should e-mail email@example.com or call 1-800-329-7324 extension 1.
TGCA ON-LINE HONORS NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please remember that membership deadline for nomination is November 1. All on-line nomination deadlines are the Monday at noon before a particular sport's state meet. Sub-Varsity on-line nomination deadline is May 1. To access simple and detailed instructions on nominating for TGCA honors on-line, click here.
TGCA RESOURCE CENTER OPEN
The agreement between the Texas Girls Coaches Association and Coaches Choice to launch a Resource Center is now a reality. The Resource Center is designed to allow individuals access to educational materials at a discounted price. Coaches Choice has designed the Resource Center especially for TGCA and people interested in girls' athletics in all sports. Everyone is encouraged to go to the Resource Center site. It's as simple as clicking on the logo shown above. Please take the time to walk through the different features offered. Do not miss the section on wearables. These wearables are specifically designed to support the Texas Girls Coaches Association. This site will be continually expanding and will make available an unlimited source of educational materials for you from various outlets in a variety of delivery methods. The Resource Center is designed to be an economical way to obtain up to date educational material to help you become better in your field.
TGCA HOTEL RESERVATIONS DIRECT LINKS
LaQuinta - Up to 20% off within Texas; up to15% off outside of Texas
Use code TGCA to obtain the TGCA rate
(Subject to Availability)
ACCIDENTAL DEATH & DISMEMBERMENT MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT
The Texas Girls Coaches Association in cooperation with American Income Life Insurance Company, is pleased to announce that we are providing additional benefits at NO COST to make your membership even more valuable! These benefits include:
- $4,000 Group Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit! (Covers all members.)
- Health Services Discount Card for your entire household which provides discounts up to 60% on Vision Care, Chiropractic Care, Hearing Care and Prescriptions!
- Child Safe Kits – this valuable tool can provide information to the authorities if your child or grandchild should ever go missing!
- Family Information Guide – When emergencies occur, families can avoid confusion and additional stress by having all of their critical information organized in one place.
Please check your mail for the letter regarding these new benefits!
Once you return the response card, an AIL representative will contact you to schedule a convenient time to deliver your benefits and explain additional insurance coverage available.
American Income Life is an international company licensed in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and is registered to carry on business in New Zealand. AIL has earned an A+ (Superior) Financial Strength rating from A.M. Best Company. (as of 6/14)
For more information on these benefits, please contact Christa Davis at 281-386-9552 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Arnaecia Alridge at 281-857-9325, email@example.com.
To view the letter on-line, visit http://www.ailife.com/benefits/sgM9W.
TO ALL COACHES: Please go on-line and check that your profile is up-to-date, including addresses, telephone numbers (school, cell, home), and all other personal information. You can change all information on your profile except your school. Please check your coaching experience and add information as needed. We would also appreciate an update on your e-mail address, as this is our easiest and quickest way to alert you to new developments regarding your sport. Our files are only as accurate as the information you put in them. We appreciate your help in this endeavor.
2017-18 TGCA 2ND VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATES
Clear Springs High School
SCORES AND STATS PRESENTED BY MAXPREPS