**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.
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:
2015-16 GOLF HONORS
All 2015-16 golf honors have now been posted to the website under the Golf tab. Congratulations to all!
The April Newsletter is now available on-line. Archived copies of our newsletters are available by clicking the "Newsletter" link on the left.
TEXAS SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE SOFTBALL TEAM NOMINATIONS
Coaches are asked to submit nominations for the Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Softball Team ASAP when their seasons are complete.
Nominations must include:
School and conference
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.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS TGCA ALL-STATE HONORS.
2016 TGCA SUMMER CLINIC - ATHLETIC AND SPIRIT DIVISIONS
The 2016 TGCA Summer Clinic for both the Spirit Division and Athletic Division will be held in Arlington at the Arlington Convention Center July 12-14. The agenda can be found under the "Summer Clinic" category in the menu on the left-hand side of this page. Registration is now available on-line through the Membership Site, or you can print a form from the Forms category in the menu on the left-hand side of the page. Hotel Reservation Services are now open. You must make your hotel reservations through the link on the Summer Clinic page. You cannot call the hotels directly and get the TGCA rate. Be sure to book early to assure you get the hotel you want. Make your plans early to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
2016-17 UIL ALIGNMENTS
All 2016-17 UIL alignments, including volleyball, have now been posted to the UIL website, http://www.uiltexas.org/alignments. Please contact the UIL Athletic Department should you have questions.
2015-16 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORMS
If you still need to renew your membership for the 2015-16 year, you will need to print the 2015-16 membership form from the website under the "Forms" category in the menu on the left-hand side of the main page of the website, and mail with a check, or fax or email it with a valid credit card number. You can no longer renew on-line for the 2015-16 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.
TGCA 2016 CLINIC DATES
San Antonio Sports Clinic - May 20 - 21
Region I Lubbock Sports Cinic - June 10 - 11
Houston Sports Clinic - June 15 - 16
Summer Clinic - July 12 - 14
Agenda and Registration Form can be found under the Summer Clinic Tab
El Paso Sports Clinic - July 21 - 22
KAY YOW CANCER FUND - TGCA CHARITY OF CHOICE
Play4Kay "Texas Style" - High School/Middle School Incentive-based Campaign
Benefiting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund who's mission is to:
Fund scientific research for women's cancers
Assist the underserved
Unifying people for a common cause
2016 Play4Kay Information
Play4Kay Grants by State
Play 4Kay Video
Find a Cure Video
Make a Difference Video
Debbie Antonelli Video
Register on www.Play4Kay.org
For more information click here
Kay Yow Cancer Fund Board of Directors
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.
TGCA IS ADDING SPORTS FOR HONORS RECOGNITIONBeginning this year (2015-16), TGCA will be offering Academic All-State, Coach of the Year, and Athlete of the Year honors, as well as state championship rings furnished by Balfour, to the sports of team tennis, wrestling, swimming and diving, and tennis. Coaches of these sports must be members of TGCA before the November 1st membership deadline for nominations to be eligible to nominate their athletes for honors or to receive honors themself. Please help us spread the word by informing your coaches of these sports at your school and encouraging them to become a member so that their athletes may receive recognition for their achievements.
ALL-STAR TEAMS NOMINATIONS AND SELECTIONS UPDATE
At the general business meeting during the 2015 Summer Clinic in Austin, the TGCA membership passed a proposal extended by the Board of Directors to change the classification of the All-Star teams in cross country, volleyball, basketball, track and field and softball to incoming seniors (juniors), and to add Legacy All-Star teams in those sports that will consist of senior athletes only. The Legacy All-Star teams will receive a certificate of recognition, but will not play in any All-Star game. Nominations for both will be done the same way as always, but be sure to designate your athletes as juniors or seniors, as that will determine which category the nomination will be placed in. All selections will be made by the standing committee of each paticular sport at their annual committee meeting. Selection guidelines are posted in the Bylaws under each sport. Coaches may nominate as many players in each category as they wish.
2015-16 TGCA ON-LINE NOMINATION DEADLINES
The nomination deadline for on-line nominations 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 date is missed, the coach is responsible for submitting paper copies of nominations to their regional representative for the respective committee to be hand-delivered at the committee meeting. The 2015-16 on-line nomination deadlines are as follows:
Softball - May 30, 2016
You must be a member of TGCA before November 1st in order to be eligible to nominate athletes or receive honors.
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've not renewed your membership for 2015-16, we urge you to do so as soon as possible. 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.
TGCA BECOMES A CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROVIDER FOR TEA (CPE#) 902285
The Texas Girls Coaches Association was notified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on October 13, 2014, that TGCA was awarded a continuing professional educational provider number. Lee Grisham, Assistant to the Executive Director, prepared the paperwork and was the TGCA liaison to the TEA on the project. Being a CPE provider will enhance the importance of the health, safety, and technique training offered at the TGCA satellite clinics and the annual TGCA Summer Clinic for athletic and cheer coaches. The TGCA satellite clinics are designed for intermediate and sub-varsity coaches, and are currently being held in San Antonio, Lubbock, Houston, and El Paso. There is a demand to extend the satellite clinics to East Texas, Austin, and The Valley. The TGCA Summer Clinic will be held at the Austin Convention Center, in conjunction with the All-Star games and Honor Awards Banquet, on July 14-17. The CPE number will give our athletic and cheer coaches the opportunity to receive professional and staff development credit hours at the discretion of their local districts. This will enable the Texas Girls Coaches Association to take to a higher level the desire to educate and train the member coaches to be an integral part of the educational process. Please go to www.austintgca.com to obtain valuable information concerning the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Texas Girls Coaches Association
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.
UIL IN-SERVICE PRESENTATIONS
The 2015-16 UIL In-Service Presentations as presented at Summer Clinic are now available. Click on the update you wish to view.
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
Orangewood Suites - $85.00 (King Suite w/ Couch)
$105.00 (King w/ Queen Loft, 2 bathrooms)
Group Code: TGCA
(Subject to Availability)
Crowne Plaza - $109.00
(Subject to Availability)
LaQuinta - Up to 20% off within Texas; up to15% off outside of Texas
Use code TGCA to obtain the TGCA rate
(Subject to Availability)
Austin Omni Southpark - $119.00
If you call the hotel directly at 512-448-2222, please use the code UIL.
$129.00 with breakfast, but you must call the hotel directly to make reservations for the breakfast rate and use the code UIL Plus, 1-800-THE-OMNI.
(Subject to Availability)
These are year-round rates. (Cannot be used during Summer Clinic.) Just click on the link and the code is automatically entered. Enjoy your stay!
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.
2ND VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATES
Fredericksburg High School
SCORES AND STATS PRESENTED BY MAXPREPS