UHSAA Announces First Consideration of Regions for 2011-2013

The Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Board of Trustees met and passed a first consideration of regions for 2011-13. The initial placement of schools can be found in an attachment on the UHSAA website:

<a href=”http://www.uhsaa.org/realignment/2011-13Regions.pdf”>http://www.uhsaa.org/realignment/2011-13Regions.pdf</a>

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 5:30 pm in an attempt to get feedback from the various districts, schools and communities on the placement of schools into regions. The public hearing will be held at the UHSAA offices (199 East 7200 South) in Midvale. In addition to the hearing, the UHSAA Board of Trustees is seeking comment regarding region placement of schools through the following link:

<a href=”http://www.uhsaa.org/realignment/comment.htm”>http://www.uhsaa.org/realignment/comment.htm</a>

The assignment of schools into regions will be finalized on November 18, 2010, by the Board of Trustees, allowing time for schools and regions to organize and schedule for the two-year alignment period.The UHSAA adopted a new procedure for aligning member schools in August. The new procedure, effective beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, is outlined in a Power Point Presentation found on the UHSAA website:

<a href=”http://www.uhsaa.org/new/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=112:realignment-proposal-information&amp;catid=64:latest-news”>http://www.uhsaa.org/new/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=112:realignment-proposal-information&amp;catid=64:latest-news</a>

In September the Board of Trustees approved the number of schools and regions in each classification. The approval was based on feedback provided through the UHSAA website and at a public hearing held on September 29, 2010, at the UHSAA offices. The number of schools in each classification and the October 1 numbers released by the Utah State Office of Education are found in an attachment on the UHSAA website:

<a href=”http://www.uhsaa.org/realignment/2011-13%20Classifications.pdf”>http://www.uhsaa.org/realignment/2011-13%20Classifications.pdf</a>

The first contests under the new alignment will take place the fall of 2011. The enrollment data upon which the alignment is based will be less than one year old.A two year, rather than four year, alignment period allows for adjustments more often as enrollments rise and fall at a number of schools. It is hoped that this method of assigning schools to classifications will increase fairness and efficiency by providing for equity between regions in qualification for the post-season. The UHSAA Board of Trustees retains the responsibility for alignment of all member schools.About the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA)The UHSAA is the leadership organization for high school athletic and fine arts activities in Utah. Since 1927, the UHSAA has led the development of education-based interscholastic athletic and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The belief is these activities are an essential part of the high school experience and go a long way to improving academic performance and producing better citizens. The UHSAA reaches 137 member schools and over 85,000 participants in high school activity programs. The organization sanctions 10 girls’ sports and 10 boys’ sports and music, drama and debate in five different classifications. The UHSAA is governed by a 28-member Board of Trustees made up of elected school board members and superintendents representing all regions and areas throughout Utah, principals from each of the five classifications and a state board of education representative. The organization is committed to stressing educational and cultural values, improving the participation experience in activities, promoting life skills and lessons involved in competitive activities, fostering sportsmanship and mutual respect and assisting those who oversee high school sports and activities in our member high schools. For more information, visit the UHSAA website at

<a href=”http://www.uhsaa.org”>www.uhsaa.org</a>

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