2007 UIL EXCEPTIONS TO NCAA FOOTBALL RULES 1-1-1-a ARTICLE 1. a. The game shall be played between two teams of no more than 11 players each, on a rectangular field and with an inflated ball having the shape of a prolate spheroid Change to 6 players 1-1-4-a
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ARTICLE 1. a. The game shall be played between two teams of no more than 11 players each, on a rectangular field and with an inflated ball having the shape of a prolate spheroid
Change to 6 players
ARTICLE 4. a. The game shall be played under the supervision of either four, five, six or seven officials: a referee, an umpire, a linesman, a line judge, a back judge, a field judge and a side judge. The use of a back judge, field judge and side judge is optional.
Number of required officials may be waived.
Member Institutions Subject to the Rules
ARTICLE 7. a. NCAA member institutions and affiliated officiating organizations shall conduct all contests under the official football-playing rules of the Association.
b. NCAA-affiliated officiating organizations shall use the current Football Officials Manual published under the jurisdiction of the Collegiate Commissioners Association.
c. NCAA member institutions and affiliated officiating organizations not complying with NCAA football-playing rules that do not have a designated penalty are subject to NCAA sanctions.
Does not apply to UIL games.
b. Twenty-four inch short yard-line extensions, four inches inside the sidelines and at the inbounds lines, are mandatory; and all yard lines shall be four inches from the sidelines (Rule 2-11-4).
c. A solid white area between the sideline and the coaching line is mandatory.
Change “mandatory” to “recommended”.
ARTICLE 3. a. Limit lines shall be marked with 12-inch lines and at 24-inch intervals 12 feet outside the sidelines and the end lines, except in stadiums where total field surface does not permit. In these stadiums …
Change 1st sentence to: It is recommended that limit lines be marked with 12 inch lines at 24 inch intervals 12 feet outside the sidelines and the end lines, except in field where the total field surface does not permit.
b. The team area shall be limited to squad members in full uniform and a maximum of 60 other individuals directly involved in the game. ‘Full uniform’ is defined as being equipped in accord with NCAA Football Rules and Interpretations, and ready to play. The 60 individuals not in full uniform shall wear special team area credentials numbered 1 through 60. No other credential is valid for the team area..
Limit of 60 individuals not in uniform is waived.
ARTICLE 5. a. Each goal shall consist of two white or yellow uprights extending at least 30 feet above the ground with a connecting white or yellow horizontal crossbar, the top of which is 10 feet above the ground. The inside of the uprights and crossbar shall be in the same vertical plane as the inside edge of the end line.
Add: In UIL games 30 foot uprights are recommended, 20 foot uprights are mandatory.
b. Above the crossbar, the uprights shall be white or yellow and 18 feet, six inches apart inside to inside.
Change to: ”Above the crossbar the uprights shall be white or yellow and 23 feet 4 inches apart inside to inside. (EXCEPTION: When UIL schools are playing on collegiate fields…”
ARTICLE 6. Soft, flexible four-sided pylons 4 inches by 4 inches with an overall height of 18 inches, which may include a 2-inch space between the bottom of the pylon and the ground, are required. They shall be red or orange in color and placed at the inside corners of the eight intersections of the sidelines with the goal lines and end lines. The pylons marking the intersections of the end lines and inbounds lines extended shall be placed three feet off the end lines.
Add: “The use of 12 pylons is recommended, but 8 pylons on each end zone placed at the inside corners of the four intersections of the side lines with the goal lines and end lines is mandatory.”
a. If a yardage chain is used, it shall join two rods not less than 5 feet high, the rods’ inside edges being exactly 10 yards apart when the chain is fully extended.
Any other line-to-gain indicator that accurately measures the line to gain is permitted outside the sideline opposite the press box when teams mutually agree. Before the game, the linesman shall test and approve all line-to-gain indicators for accuracy and security.
Change the second paragraph to: “Any other line-to-gain indicator that accurately measures the line to gain is permitted when determined by the home school. Mutual agreement is not required.”
ARTICLE 2. a. The referee shall test and be sole judge of no more than six balls offered for play by each team before and during the game. The referee may approve additional balls if warranted by conditions (A.R. 1-3-2-I).
Add to the end of the first sentence: “It is mandatory that at least one ball be offered for play. It is recommended that each team offer at least two balls.”
g. When the ball becomes dead nearer the sideline than the inbounds line (hash mark), is unfit for play, is subject to measurement in a side zone or is inaccessible, a replacement ball shall be obtained from a ball person (A.R. 1-3-2-I).
Add: “If balls are available and ball persons are used.”
ARTICLE 3. a. Players of opposing teams shall wear jerseys of contrasting colors, and the visiting team shall wear white jerseys. White jerseys may be worn by the home team when the teams have agreed before the season. Players of a team shall wear jerseys of the same color and design.
Add: “EXCEPTION: Light colored jerseys, instead of white, are acceptable if jersey colors of the teams are of contrasting colors. Home teams are required to make any changes necessary.”
b. Face masks and helmets with a secured four- or six-point chin strap. If a chin strap is not secured, it is a violation. Officials should inform players when all snaps are not secured without charging a timeout unless the player ignores the warning. Players of a team shall wear helmets of the same color and design, and facemasks of the same color
Facemasks may be any color.
e. One jersey, with sleeves that completely cover the shoulder pads, that is not altered or designed to tear and conforms with Rule 1-4-4-f. The jersey must be full-length and tucked into the pants. Vests and/or a second jersey worn concurrently during the game are prohibited.
UIL jerseys must come to the top of the waist
h. All squad members must wear visible socks or leg coverings that are identical -in color, design and length (Exceptions: Unaltered knee braces, tape or a bandage to protect or prevent an injury, and barefoot kickers) (A.R. 1-4-4-I).
All squad members must wear visible socks or leg coverings that are identical in color, design and length (EXCEPTION: white sweat socks).
m. Gloves or hand pads that are not gray in color or not in conformance with Rule 1-4-5-b. A glove is a fitted covering for a hand having separate sections for each finger and thumb, without any additional material that connects any of the fingers and/or thumb, and that completely covers each finger and thumb.
Gloves may be any color
p. Uniform attachments [Exceptions: (1) On scrimmage plays, one white moisture-absorbing towel may be worn by one interior offensive lineman, one offensive backfield player and a maximum of two defensive players. The towels of the offensive backfield and defensive players must be 4-inches by 12-inches and must be worn on the front or side of the belt. There are no restrictions on the size or location of the towel worn by the offensive lineman;
Towels may be school color and may contain school name, school initials or mascot insignia. Towels may not contain numbers.
s. Eye shields that are not clear or made from molded or rigid material.
Only eye shields that are completely clear will be allowed. Waivers will no longer granted for tinted eye shields, regardless of circumstances.
ARTICLE 4. a. A field goal place kick is a kick by a player of the team in possession while the ball is controlled on the ground by a teammate.
Insert between “ground” and “by” “or a tee”. If a tee is used it shall not elevate the ball’s lowest point more than two inches above the ground.
First and Third Periods
ARTICLE 1. Each half shall start with a kickoff. Three minutes before the scheduled starting time, the referee shall toss a coin at midfield in the presence of no more than four field captains from each team and another game official, first designating the field captain of the visiting team to call the coin toss.
“It is recommended that the coin toss be conducted at midfield three minutes before the scheduled game time…. an another official….
ARTICLE 3. The NCAA tiebreaker system will be used when a game is tied after four periods. NCAA football-playing rules apply, with the following exceptions:
UIL Varsity games will use the NCAA tiebreaker Procedures with additional UIL Exceptions.
f. Scoring: The team scoring the greater number of points during the regulation and extra periods shall be declared the winner. There shall be an equal number of series, as defined in (e) above, in each extra period, except if Team B scores during a period other than on the try. Beginning with the third extra period, teams scoring a touchdown must attempt a two-point try. A one-point try by Team A (although not illegal) will not score a point.
Delete highlighted section.
2. If a touchdown is scored that determines the winning team in an extra period, the try is canceled.
Delete example #2.
Length of Periods and Intermissions
ARTICLE 1. The total playing time in a collegiate game shall be 60 minutes, divided into four periods of 15 minutes each, with one-minute intermissions between the first and second periods (first half) and between the third and fourth periods (second half)
UIL varsity game are 48 minutes divided into four 12 minute quarters
b. The intermission between halves, which begins when the field is clear of all players and coaches, shall be 20 minutes.
The maximum intermission between halves shall be 28 minutes.
This 2007 proposal alters the inadvertent whistle rule to allow an official to add lost clock time in the rare case where an inadvertent whistle is blown.3-2-2-i
We will not alter the time on the game clock if an inadvertent whistle occurs
b. The 25 seconds between the ready-for-play signal and the ball being put in play shall be timed with a watch operated by the appropriate official or with 25-second clocks at each end of the playing enclosure operated by an assistant under the direction of the appropriate official. Visual 25-second clocks are mandatory (Exception: Visual 25-second clocks are not mandatory for games played on the home field of an NCAA Division III institution).
The use of visual 25 second clocks are recommended.
ARTICLE 1. For any free kick formation, the kicking team’s restraining line shall be the yard line through the most forward point from which the ball shall be kicked, and the receiving team’s restraining line shall be the yard line 10 yards beyond that point. Unless relocated by a penalty, the kicking team’s restraining line on a kickoff shall be its 30-yard line, and for a free kick after a safety, its 20-yard line.
Change “30 yard line” to “40 yard line, unless relocated by penalty”.
Free Kick Formation
ARTICLE 2. A ball from a free kick formation must be kicked legally and from some point on Team A’s restraining line and on or between the inbounds lines. The referee shall declare the ball ready for play when the kicker receives the ball from the official. After the ball is ready for play and for any reason it falls from the tee, Team A shall not kick the ball and the official shall sound his whistle immediately. When the ball is kicked (A.R. 6-1-2-I-IV):
Replace new sentence with “The referee shall declare the ball ready for play when all officials are in position for the kick.”
d. No player may play with cleats more than 1/2-inch in length (Rules 1-4-5-e and f).
PENALTY—Disqualification for the remainder of the game and the team’s next game [S27, S47]. Penalize as a dead-ball foul at the succeeding spot, and Team B fouls do not require a first down.
Disqualification for remainder of game only
SECTION 5. Fighting
Replace Section 5 with the following….
ARTICLE 1 a. Before, during any intermission, or during the game, squad members in uniform and coaches shall not participate in a fight. (Rule 2-32-1).
PENALTY - 15 yards from the basic spot or the succeeding spot and disqualification for the remainder of the game.
b. During either half, any person authorized to be in the team area shall not leave their team area to participate in a fight. EXCEPTION: Coaches designated by their head coach prior to the game may enter and leave their team area to act as peacemakers. It is recommended that at least one coach remain in their team area to assist in preventing persons from leaving their team area to participate in a fight.
PENALTY - 15 yards from the basic spot or the succeeding spot and disqualification for the remainder of the game. NOTE: Persons leaving the team area during a fight are to be penalized for fighting.
ARTICLE 2. Coaches who are disqualified for fighting may not be in the Playing Enclosure during the remainder of the game. (See 2-31-5 for the definition of the Playing Enclosure).
ARTICLE 3. It is strongly recommended that coaches who are designated as peacemakers contact only their players in their attempt to stop a fight.
The Officials: Jurisdiction and Duties
The Officials Mechanics approved by the TASO Football Board of Directors shall be used.
Jurisdiction of Officials
ARTICLE 1. The officials’ jurisdiction begins 60 minutes before the scheduled kickoff and ends when the referee declares the score final [S14].
The Officials jurisdiction begins 30 minutes before the scheduled kickoff and ends when the referee declares the score final.
d. The referee shall administer penalties, being sure that both captains understand the procedure and outcome. He will check the umpire’s penalty enforcement. The referee, if equipped with a microphone, shall announce the number of the player committing the foul.
The Referee WILL NOT announce the number of players committing fouls.
Does not apply to UIL games.