The University Interscholastic League (UIL) Legislative Council is meeting in North Austin this weekend with a full agenda, covering everything from sand wrestling to robotics. Among those items is the matter of officially sanctioning water polo, a decision that could have a profound affect on the growth of the sport in the US.
A positive vote this weekend by the UIL, which oversees Texas’ vast high school athletics programming, would likely increase the number of high school programs in the state, which already has surpassed 100. A survey requested by the Legislative Council revealed that 154 schools would offer water polo if the UIL sponsored it, a number greater than expected even by people involved in promoting the proposal.
On Saturday the Standing Committee on Policy is scheduled to hold a subcommittee vote on whether to support the proposal, a decision whose favorable outcome would then prompt a full committee vote on Sunday.