Regular Season and Playoff General Photographer Guidelines
Game and tournament administrators and officials retain final determination of photographer placement at all events. Media outlets should consult these administrators and officials on photographer placement and flash photography restrictions at local venues. Officials reserve the right to remove anyone from events/tournaments if causing a disturbance.
UIL State Championships Photographer Restrictions
All photographers at UIL State Championship events must request credentials from the UIL by the posted media credential deadlines. High school photographers may be credentialed, but only by following the UIL rules for high school media personnel. This information can be obtained through the UIL Web site or by contacting the UIL office. The use of electronic flash equipment, other than a remote off-camera strobe flash, is prohibited at all indoor UIL State Championship events including volleyball and basketball. The UIL reserves the right to change its photographer policies to accommodate venue size and configuration. The UIL also reserves the right to remove anyone from events/tournaments if causing a disturbance.
UIL State Baseball and Softball Tournaments: In accordance with National Federation Rules, photographers may shoot on the field ONLY from designated areas. These areas must be marked as dead ball areas on the field. If no designation has been made, photographers will not be allowed on the playing area. Photographers are not allowed in the dugouts at any time.
UIL State Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments: Photos may be shot from the ends of the court (if room is available). Photographers should be positioned off the playing court to allow both officials and players enough room to maneuver. Photographers may not impede the view of spectators and are not allowed to shoot from the stands.
UIL State Cross Country Meet: Photos may be taken at any point during the race. However, when shooting the start, photographers must give the field a minimum of 50 yards to give time to shoot the start and move to the side before interfering with the contestants. Additionally, photographers may shoot the finish line from inside the chute ONLY in designated media areas. At no time during the race can photographers cause any sort of distraction or otherwise impede the progress of the contestants.
UIL State Football Championships: Photographers may shoot from any point on the sidelines with the exception of the team boxes (25-yard line to 25-yard line). Photographers must remain 5 yards off the sideline in order to allow officials and players room to maneuver.
UIL State Golf Tournament: Photographers should observe the etiquette of golf and remain quiet during all shots. Shooting photos from the side is allowed and photographers may shoot putting shots as long as they remain off of the green.
UIL State Soccer Tournament: Photographers may shoot from any point on the sidelines with the exception of the team boxes (approximately 30-yard line to 30-yard line). Photographers must remain 5 yards off the sideline in order to allow officials and players room to maneuver.
UIL State Swimming & Diving Meet: Photographers may shoot from the corners of the bulkhead. They must be careful to provide officials with access to walk both sides of the pool. Photographers may only shoot from the awards stand or behind the officials’ lines.
UIL State Tennis Tournament and Team Tennis Tournament: Photographers may shoot on the court at either side of the net. They may not move from that position until the players change sides. Photographers may also shoot from the corners of the court.
UIL State Track & Field Meet: Photographers may shoot all events, giving consideration to the safety of both participants and officials. During sprints and hurdles, photographers may shoot the finish head as long as they provide a minimum of 50 meters cushion. During field events, at no time will photographers be allowed in the shot or discuss area. Photographers should give a reasonable cushion to all competitors to ensure safety. Maps with designated media areas will available at the event.
UIL State Volleyball Tournament: Photos may be shot from the ends of the court (if room is available). Photographers should be positioned off the playing court to allow both officials and players enough room to maneuver. Photographers may not impede the view of spectators and are not allowed to shoot from the stands.
UIL State Wrestling Tournament: Photographers must maintain a 4-foot cushion from the mat. Photographers may not shoot from the team corners or interfere with any sight lines.