Football Junior High Information
Constitution & Contest Rules
Junior High Manual
Rules and Regulations
- NCAA Football and Rules Information
- 2013 Football Rule Changes
- UIL Exceptions to NCAA Football Rules (2013-2014 School Year)
- Practice Limits effective August 1, 2013
- Football Helmet Safety Requirements
- NOCSAE Statement on Third Party Helmet Add-on Products and Certification
- Heat Stress and Athletic Participation
- Recommendations for Hydration
- Charitable Cause Guidelines
- Sport Season Dates and Number of Games Allowed
- Targeting Information and Video
Number of Games
No team or student shall compete in more than nine (but recommend eight) football games. A scrimmage counts as one of the allowable games.
Number of Games Per Week
One game or scrimmage may be played per calendar week. There shall be a minimum of five days between contests.
Season for Workouts and Games
Traditional School Years. Practice shall not begin prior to the first day of school. Football equipment may be checked out to the players on any one day during the week preceding the first day of school. The first four days of practice shall be conducted without any contact equipment except helmets. During the first four days, only shoes, socks, T-shirts, shorts and helmets may be worn. During the four-day acclimatization period, no contact activities shall be permitted. All student athletes who arrive after the first day of practice are required to undergo a four-day acclimatization period. No interschool scrim- mages or games shall be allowed until after a period of at least seven days of contact football.
From the first day of school, schools shall have 80 consecutive calendar days to practice outside the school day; 63 of the 80 consecutive calendar days may be used to complete scrimmages and games.
Non-traditional School Years. The beginning date for practice outside the school day shall coincide with the day other schools in the UIL playing district begin their traditional school year.
Off-Season Workouts. Accelerated physical education activities, calisthenics, individual football skills, strength training or conditioning exercises may be conducted during the school term within the school day, (provided such activities do not exceed one regular class period not to exceed 60 minutes per day (or 300 minutes per week on a block schedule). Practice may include 11-on-11 drills without contact equipment or activities. Activities before or after school or during the lunch period are specifically prohibited. Allowed equipment is limited to a football, shoes with cleats, passing and punting machines and physical education attire. Air or padded blocking dummies or devices, and other similar devices are prohibited. See Section 1206 (d).
Preseason or Summer Practice for Junior High or Elementary School Students
Eighth Grade and Below Pre-Season Practice Prohibited. Schools shall not hold any preseason football practice in junior high school (eighth grade and below) or elementary school, individual or team, prior to the opening day of school.
Eighth Grade and Below Spring Training Prohibited. Schools shall not conduct any spring training either in elementary school or junior high school (eighth grade and below) the preceding spring.
Exception for Ninth Graders Not on High School Campus. Students in the ninth grade may participate in spring training in Conference AAAAA and AAAA schools provided that such participation is on a site and at the same time as the high school squad practices and that said high school is the one which the ninth grade students will attend the following fall.
Penalty for violations shall be assessed by the appropriate executive committee.
The NCAA tiebreaker system shall not be used by junior high school teams.