Oh, I am more than aware of the "move for academic reasons" used by many athletes in public school.
Just seems as a major source of problems from my stand point because if the union happens the main concern will be "level playing fields." My concern I guess is if a TAPPS school joins the UIL and wants to really compete some of those entrance requirments can be "waived" or passed over to be successful. Maybe an exaggerated problem but it will have an impact....
I agree with much of what you say. I just don't see private schools in Texas competing on a level playing field with 5A/4A teams in the sport of volleyball. Typical 5A and 4A teams (playoff teams) have three to four 6 footers and athletic at that. Most top TAPPS teams (antonian, bishop lynch) have one big go to player that carries them through district and the playoffs. They would have to outwardly change to target players that would meet specific criteria including:
-parents can afford the tuition and all the extra that goes into private school education (buying books, school uniforms, athletic fees, more fund raising, etc)
-parents willing to drive their kids to the school (some could be an hour or more away in the Houston or Dallas metro area)
-students that can handle the rigorous academic standards while maintaining athletic eligibility
-students that don't mind leaving their social circles at a late age including possibly boyfriends
-potential religious conflicts with the schools affiliation
If the economy were going well I could see this being more of a reality. I just don't see enough big time vball players wanting to switch to private schools. We haven't even covered the private schools that are all-girls institutions. Which I think is another roadblock for a few schools (duchesne, st agnes, ursuline, incarnate word).
IMHO I think we'll see 5 or fewer schools move to UIL.