Hockey added to UIL authorized sports
Please help to petition the UIL to add hockey as an authorized sport under the UIL guidelines and policies. Students that are not in authorized sports as denoted by the UIL do not receive the same standards and treatment as those in sports designated by the UIL (football, tennis, swimming, baseball and etc). To illustrate, a football player that leaves to an event during the school day is considered excused yet a student attending a hockey event is considered unexcused and must do Saturday school to make up for the time missed. This is according to the TEA (Texas Education Agency) under Section 25.092 (absences). This sends a poor message to those young athletes that choose hockey as his/her sport. Please help to make a change. You can visit http://www.uil.utexas.edu/athletics/ for additional information. Thank you for your time.
My name is Michelle Azulay and I am sponsoring this petition to have the UIL add hockey as an authorized sport. My son is in travel hockey and although the school allows this activity for PE credit it does not consider the sport eligible for excused absence when traveling and thus students must make up time by doing Saturday school after 5 absences. However, UIL authorized sports such as football, swimming, soccer, tennis and etc are considered UIL authorized sports and are considered excused absences if the student participates in the sport during school hours. The student is not required to do Saturday school. The interest for hockey and young athletes has increased over the last several years. These young athletes should receive the same treatment as those athletes in other sports. The physical demands, schedule, time and effort are put forth by hockey athletes just as they are by other athletes. I have set up this petition to request the UIL to recognize hockey as an authorized sport so young athletes in hockey are treated equally. Thank you!
UIL information can be viewed at http://www.uil.utexas.edu/athletics/