It is most important that each UIL member school stay current with all athletic rules and policies. This page contains sport specific rule and season information for football. For additional information on UIL rules, refer to the policy section or the manuals section of our web site.
Football Playoffs Weather Update
The decision on whether or not to move forward with playoff games as scheduled is left to the schools involved in the contest. If playing today, Saturday, November 28, is not an option, UIL will allow schools to extend the regional deadline to play on Monday, November 30. Start times of any games on Monday are at the discretion of the schools.
If schools do have to postpone until Monday, be aware that the next round game will then have to be moved to Saturday, December 5, at the earliest, to satisfy the five day requirement between games.
2015-16 UIL Athletic Rule Changes
Football Dates 2016 (Tentative)
|Date||Event or Deadline|
|August 1||First day of conditioning (No contact activities permitted. No contact equipment except helmets may be worn.)|
|August 5||First day of contact|
|August 12||First scrimmage|
|August 17||Second scrimmage (5 Day Rule applies)|
|August 22||Third scrimmage (Schools opting for a third scrimmage shall not play during week one)|
|Date||Event or Deadline|
|August 8||First day of conditioning|
|August 12||First day of contact|
|August 19||First scrimmage|
|August 24||Second scrimmage (Schools opting for a second scrimmage shall not play during week one)|
|Week One||August 25, 26, 27 (Sub-varsity football teams in Conferences 5A & 6A can play on Wednesday during Week 1 only if the varsity team plays on Thursday of that same week.)|
|Week Two||September 1, 2, 3|
|Week Three||September 8, 9, 10|
|Week Four||September 15, 16, 17|
|Week Five||September 22, 23, 24|
|Week Six||September 29, 30, October 1|
|Week Seven||October 6, 7, 8|
|Week Eight||October 13, 14, 15|
|Week Nine||October 20, 21, 22|
|Week Ten||October 27, 28, 29|
|Week Eleven||November 3, 4, 5|
|November 5||District Certification - Schools have 11 weeks to play a maximum of 10 games.|
|Week One||November 10, 11, 12|
|Week Two||November 17, 18, 19|
|Week Three||November 24, 25, 26|
|Week Four||December 1, 2, 3|
|Week Five||December 8, 9, 10|
|December 14||1A Division I & II|
|December 15-17||2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A Division I & II|
Junior High Football
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 scrimmages or games shall be allowed until after a period of at least seven days of contact football.
No junior high student or team shall participate in any scrimmage or contest until they have had four days of practice without any contact equipment except helmets, and seven additional days of contact practice.
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.
* All dates, times, and materials are subject to change.