Football Manual Post Season Information
Post Season Information
- Playoff Information
District representatives are bracketed for playoffs to a state championship on a weekly schedule beginning the first weekend after the designated date for determining district champions.
Playoff game site will be determined according to Section 1250 (i) of the Constitution and Contest Rules. See the playoff brackets found at www.uiltexas.org/football/playoff-brackets to determine the elimination schedule for each conference.
Playoff games past the district level may not be scheduled earlier than the first Thursday after the certification date for district champions.
District representatives in all conferences must be determined and certified no later than November 10th. The district chair must complete the district certification form found on the UIL website.
Game Videos: Playoff teams are required to exchange all videos leading up to the playoff game to include regular season and post-season games. Upon mutual agreement, teams may agree on trading a specific number of games.
All videos must be traded by noon on the day following the last game played by the two teams involved. Example: Team (A) plays on Friday and Team (B) plays on Saturday, all videos must be traded by noon on Sunday. BY mutual agreement games may be traded earlier.
Teams Advancing to the Playoffs
Conference 1A (six-man) Division I and II: the top two teams from each district advance to the playoffs. One state champion is crowned in Conference 1A (six-man) Division I and one state champion is crowned in 1A (six-man) Division II.
Conference 2A, 3A, 4A & 5A Division I and II: the top four teams from each district advance to the playoffs. One state champion is crowned in 2A, 3A, 4A. 5A Division I and one state champion is crowned in 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A Division II.
Conference 6A: the top four teams from each district advance to the playoffs. The two schools with the largest enrollments automatically advance to the Division I bracket. The remaining two schools advance into the Division II bracket. There are two state champions per conference in Conference 5A & 6A.
- Ranking 6A Schools: Enrollment figures used for the official reclassification and realignment procedure will be used to determine Division I and Division II representatives. (Exception: School enrollments affected by the opening of new high schools.)
UIL PLAYOFF REPORTING
District Representatives: The district chair must go to the UIL website at http://www.uiltexas.org/football/forms and fill out the corresponding conference District Certification Form before the district certification deadline. Each district must have a true 1 through 4th place district finish when submitting this form.
Teams Advancing: Coaches are required to submit playoff results immediately following their contest. The winning school should submit playoff game results and next round information via MaxPreps through the assigned coach/admin account. The score reported by a coach on a team’s page will automatically fill in the bracket.
The completeness of the data presented on the UIL Texas Scoreboard will be dependent upon the participation of schools and coaches. For more information, please see http://www.uiltexas.org/athletics/uil-maxpreps
Failure to submit this information could result in a range of penalties as described in Section 27 (b) of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules which will be enforced.
Site of the Game: All potential neutral and home sites (town and stadium) should be designated prior to any coin toss.
Home Field Advantage 5A, & 6A: For the first round of the playoffs only, the opponent with the higher district finish will determine whether the game is played on its home field or mutually agree to play the game at a neutral site. If the opponents have the same district finish, the two teams will flip a coin or agree on a neutral site.
Neutral Sites are sites that are approximately mid-distance from the two schools involved or a site or sites the two schools involved agree to designate as a neutral site or sites.
Home Sites are those sites near the home school selected by the two schools involved OR the actual home playing field. For the first round of the playoffs, in 5A and 6A only, the higher district finish will determine whether the game is played on their actual home field or mutually agree to play the game at a neutral site.
A stadium selected as the home site, other than the actual home field, should not be an unreasonable distance from the visiting school’s home stadium.
Example : San Antonio and Dallas have not met in the playoffs for the past 2 years (2012 and 2013):
- Designate potential sites. San Antonio: Belton-neutral; Alamo Stadium-home. Dallas: Temple-neutral; Cotton Bowl-home.
- Flip for type of site (either neutral or home and home). Heads for home and home. Tails for neutral. Comes up heads.
- Flip to see who wins home. Dallas calls tails for home. San Antonio calls heads for home. Comes up tails.
Game is played at the Cotton Bowl as the Dallas home site.
Game Balls: NCAA rules prevail.
Post Season Halftime Structure:
- Playoff games – Halftimes shall be 24 minutes for post-season games. The intermission between halves for post-season games may be 28 minutes if mutually agreed upon by both schools.
- State Championship Games - Halftimes shall be 24 minutes.
Team Information & Pictures: Teams winning the regional quarterfinal game must submit the following materials to the UIL no later than Wednesday, December 8th:
· Team Information Form (list of players, coaches, etc.; and list of all games played) – fill out online on the UIL website at https://www.uiltexas.org/forms/team-info-football
· Team Picture – 1MB, color, email to email@example.com
· Picture of Head Coach (head and shoulder shot) – 1 MB, email to firstname.lastname@example.org
· School’s Mascot (camera ready art work if possible, if not a copy of the mascot from your letterhead, etc.) – 1MB email to email@example.com
Failure to submit this information could result in a range of penalties as described in Section 27 (b) of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules or your team not appearing in the State Tournament program.
- Football State Championships
Schools Eligible to Compete: Only the teams qualifying through the semifinal game are eligible to compete in the state championship game.
Schedule: The Football State Championship schedule can be found here
State Qualifier Information: All information concerning the Football State Championship games will be sent to each school that wins the quarterfinal games.
Halftime Structure: State Championship Games - Halftimes shall be 24 minutes (2A-6A), 20 minutes (1A).
- Instant Replay
Instant Replay: Instant replay will only be utilized at the State Championships. The guidelines for how this will be implement can be found on our website here.