The April Newsletter is now available on-line. Archived copies of our newsletters are available by clicking the "Newsletter" link on the left.
***TGCA LEGISLATIVE ALERT***
From Executive Director Sam Tipton:
HB 1323, identical companion bill to SB 640. dealing with allowing home school students participation in athletics in the UIL will be heard in the House Public Education Committee on Thurrsday, April 27. SB 640 was passed out the Senate by a vote of 23-8 last week. This measure, if passed, will completely change the scope of UIL athletics. Home school students in UIL activities will determine their rules and reguations for participation, while public school students will adhere to state law and local rules and school board policies. I highly recommend public and private school advocates to immediately phone your state representative and request a vote against HB 1323. The future of UIL athletics are on the voting block. Your voice will determine the outcome of this issue.
TGCA LEGISLATIVE ALERT
April 17, 2017
SB 640 by Sen. Van Taylor was passed out of the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 8-2, and is scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor on April 18, 2017. We feel this bill will favorably pass out of the Senate. If passed, SB 640 will be submitted to the House Public Education Committee. It is imperative for you to immediately contact your state representative, by phone, and voice a very strong opposition to SB 640.
TGCA is in opposition to opening UIL participation to home school students. This bill would not require the home-school student to meet the same requirements of No Pass No Play, or the same attendance requirements as a public school student. We distinctly oppose legislation that would permit parents to perform eligibility checks. Home-school students would have no restrictions to practice and receive extra-curricular instruction. The local board and campus guidelines would not be applicable to home-school students. Home-school students enrolled in the school district would not be on a level playing field with their public school peers.
TGCA is opposed to SB 640, and we encourage you, as a public school or private school advocate, to contact your state representative by phone and express your opposition to this bill. www.capitol.state.tx.us/Home.aspx will aid you in contacting your state representative.
Wrestling 4A-5A-6A Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year have now been posted to the website under the Wrestling tab. Congratulations to all!
TEXAS SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION SOFTBALL ALL-STATE NOMINATIONS
Coaches are asked to submit nominations for the Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Softball Team ASAP when their seasons are complete. PLEASE NOTE...THIS TEAM IS NOT THE SAME AS THE TGCA TEAM. Nominations must include: Player(s) Position: (if a player played more than one position, nominate for their best position. If a player played multiple positions, you might want to consider nominating for Utility). Grade (players do not have to be seniors) Any available stats and honors Please email to Jack Stallard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is the Tuesday after the UIL State Tournament, but PLEASE nominate ASAP when your season concludes.
SUMMER CLINIC HOTEL RESERVATION SERVICES
Hotel Reservation Services for Summer Clinic are now open. You must use the Hotel Reservation Services link located on the Summer Clinic page to make your reservations. You cannot call the hotels directly. All reservations must go through the Hotel Reservation Service. Be sure and make your hotel reservations early so you get the hotel you want. They will fill up fast so don't delay.
Please do not make hotel arrangements or share any personal information through any means other than through the TGCA Summer Clinic Housing Bureau. If you receive a call or email from anyone representing TGCA, please be warned that we do not reach out to you for hotel reservations. This is a deceptive practice and is not in any way affiliated with TGCA.
If any night required for your stay is not available, if you need to make multiple reservations or if you are experiencing any difficulty accessing this site, please call 1-877-205-2871 or email email@example.com, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET Monday -Friday, for assistance.
*CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 TGCA SPECIAL AWARDS RECIPIENTS*
HALL OF FAME:
MARGARET MCKOWN DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD:
SPORTSWRITERS OF THE YEAR:
Division I - Amy McDaniel - San Angelo Standard-Times
Division II - Art Dlugach - The Llano News
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. Membership renewal and all clinics registration for the 2017-18 year are open on-line through the Membership Site. Hotel Reservation Services will open March 13. Make your plans early to attend. We look forward to seeing you at one or all of the TGCA clinics.
2017-18 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Membership renewal for the 2017-18 membership year is now open on-line. You can no longer renew your 2016-17 membership on-line. If you still need to renew your membership for this year (2016-17), you will need to print the form from the website under the "Forms" category in the menu on the left-hand side of the page. If you do it on-line now, you will be renewing for the 2017-18 year, which begins June 1st.
2017 TGCA CLINIC DATES
Membership renewal and clinic registration for the 2017-18 membership are now open on-line through the Membership Site. You can no longer renew your membership for the 2016-17 year on-line. If you still need to renew your 2016-17 membership, you will need to print a form from the "Forms" category in the menu on the left-hand side of the page. Hotel Reservation Services will open March 13th. The list of hotels are listed on the Summer Clinic page, but please remember you MUST use the Hotel Reservation Services site to obtain the TGCA rate for your rooms for Summer Clinic. Be sure and make your reservations early to get the hotel you prefer.
San Antonio Sports Clinic - May 19-20
Region I Lubbock Sports Clinic - June 9-10
Houston Sports Clinic - June 14-15
Athletic Directors Agenda
Summer Clinic - Austin - July 10-13
(Agenda and Registration Form can be found on the Summer Clinic Page)
El Paso Sports Clinic - July 20-21
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:
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 are the same.
**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 firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Sarah Womack (919-659-3302 or email@example.com) or
Nancy Walling (512-657-6755) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Play4Kay - Tshirts contact
email@example.com 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 NOMINATIONS
You 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.
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
All Athletic Directors and Coaches have been emailed notification that the system is now up and running.
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”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, or Arnaecia Alridge at 281-857-9325, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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