MARBLE FALLS — Realignment for spring sports has been announced by the University Interscholastic League, Marble Falls High School soccer coaches said.
Boys head soccer coach Michael Nave and girls head coach Paulette Moczygemba met this week with coaches from Lake Travis, Cedar Park High, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Leander Rouse and Leander Vandegrift.
The changes apply to the 2011 and 2012 seasons, coaches said.
The biggest include:
• Dripping Springs is not in the district. Also gone are Hutto, Pflugerville Hendrickson and Killeen High.
• Games now will be played at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
• The regular season ends before Spring Break.
Nave said he shares the same philosophy about the new district as Mustangs athletic director Cord Woerner.
“It is what it is,” he said. “You play together and compete in it. You do that, no matter who’s in the district.”
The coaches had been bracing for an eight-team district that included Dripping Springs and Lampasas.
“I was shocked when Dripping Springs wasn’t in it,” Nave said.
The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
Nave said having six teams presented its own issues because coaches were evenly split on votes.
“We ended up flipping a coin for all sorts of things,” he said. “We had some spirited but friendly discussions.”
The UIL’s decision to alter the calendar led to some discussions.
Coaches had to decide if the regular season was going to end the week before or during Spring Break.
“We wanted to play in Spring Break,” Nave said. “We didn’t want to go two weeks before a playoff game.”
The reason other coaches wanted to end the regular season before Spring Break is because they have athletes who compete in select soccer.
A showcase in Las Vegas takes place the week of the holiday.
“We lost,” Nave said. “The season will end before Spring Break.”