New UIL districts set for 2018-19, 2019-20
New UIL districts set for 2018-19, 2019-20
Posted on 02/01/2018
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Two of Northwest Independent School District’s three high schools are set to play in the same 6A athletic district for the next two years, while its third high school will play in 5A as part of the University Interscholastic League's bi-annual district realignment.

The UIL announced its tentative statewide placement of schools in athletics districts by student enrollment figures on Thursday, Feb. 1. As a result of the realignment process, Byron Nelson and Eaton high schools are scheduled to compete in District 5-6A for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, while Northwest High School is slated to compete in District 4-5A Division II in football and 8-5A in basketball and volleyball.

In District 5-6A, the Byron Nelson Bobcats and Eaton Eagles will be paired with Denton Guyer, Southlake Carroll and four Keller ISD schools – Central, Keller, Fossil Ridge and Timber Creek – in basketball, football and volleyball. The Northwest Texans will compete in District 4-5A Division II alongside six Fort Worth ISD schools – Carter-Riverside, Eastern Hills, North Side, Polytechnic, Southwest and Wyatt – for football.

In basketball and volleyball, Northwest will compete in District 8-5A with Denton, Denton Braswell, Denton Ryan, Lake Dallas, The Colony and Little Elm. Basketball and volleyball districts are revised annually, though they often remain unchanged until the bi-annual realignment that includes football.

NORTHWEST ISD UIL DISTRICTS FOR FOOTBALL (2018-19, 2019-20)
DISTRICT 4-5A DII DISTRICT 5-6A
  • Fort Worth Carter-Riverside
  • Fort Worth Eastern Hills
  • Fort Worth North Side
  • Fort Worth Polytechnic
  • Fort Worth Southwest
  • Fort Worth Wyatt
  • Northwest
  • Byron Nelson
  • Denton Guyer
  • Eaton
  • Keller
  • Keller Central
  • Keller Fossil Ridge
  • Keller Timber Creek
  • Southlake Carroll
NORTHWEST ISD UIL DISTRICTS FOR BASKETBALL & VOLLEYBALL (2018-19)
DISTRICT 8-5A DISTRICT 5-6A
  • Denton
  • Denton Braswell
  • Denton Ryan
  • Lake Dallas
  • Lewisville The Colony
  • Little Elm
  • Northwest
  • Byron Nelson
  • Denton Guyer
  • Eaton
  • Keller
  • Keller Central
  • Keller Fossil Ridge
  • Keller Timber Creek
  • Southlake Carroll

The cutoff point for Class 6A for 2018-19 and 2019-20 was set at a student enrollment of 2,190 or more. Class 5A’s cutoff range was set at an enrollment at or between 1,150 to 2,189 students. The UIL further segments classes 5A and below into two football classifications each based on enrollment, while 6A’s two enrollment-based classifications for football are determined after the regular season from the schools that qualify for the playoffs.

Byron Nelson submitted an enrollment estimate of 2,579 students for 2018-19, Northwest ISD’s largest enrollment. Eaton, which currently competes in 5A and will graduate its first class this year, submitted an estimated enrollment of 2,222. Northwest submitted an estimated enrollment of 1,791.

Byron Nelson and Eaton will have room to grow in their 6A classification, as both schools are slated to receive expansions as part of the district’s bond package passed by voters in 2017. These expansions will give the schools a capacity of 3,200 students, which will likely solidify their place in the 6A classification.

FULL REALIGNMENT INFORMATION
To view all 2018-19 and 2019-20 UIL districts as part of the bi-annual realignment, view the information on the UIL’s website.