In response to the 8/5/11 post, “UIL Disconnect – Part 2,” The ‘Ol Ball Coach Writes: Sean, Just to clarify, the U.I.L. is governed by the State Executive Committee. This is a group of superintendents elected by their peers from across the state. The committee enforces rules and approves rule changes that will be placed on the ballot for a vote by all superintendents in the state. Additionally, each school has a member (usually a principal) on the district executive committee that runs the extra-curricular actives of the district they are in. So, as you can see superintendents and principals govern the U.I.L. It is not the Coaches and Band Directors who are making the rules that are causing the distress of our readers, it is principals and superintendents. SC Response Coach, thanks for writing and thanks for the phone conversation that preceded your comment. Reminding me that athletics and academics are a partnership that works best when the principal is involved and can articulate his or her vision for the school was a welcome reminder. Coaches understand mission, focus, communication, and victory. They are hired because they excel at this. If we (as administrators) aren’t equal to the task, we do our schools, our athletic programs and ourselves a disservice. From the Head Coach perspective, saying ”I’m the principal, do this because I said so” is as weak as him saying the same thing. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on! Follow Sean Cain and LYS on