UIL Rules for bands at football games


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Bands at all UIL football games are under guidelines from UIL as to when they may play in relation to wht is going on on the field. Most band directors and refs do not know about this rule, myself included. Here are the UIL guidelines.

If you ever play a team with a loud band that seems determined to make you jump offsides or be in motion, here is the official policy as to when bands are supposed to play at football games. It can be found pm the marching band page of the UIL handbook

_________________________________________________________________Guidelines for Bands Playing during Football Games. UIL Football games are conducted under NCAA Rules. As it relates to when a band may play during the game, the NCAA Football Rule Book states: Persons subject to the rules, including bands, shall not create any noise that prohibits a team from hearing its signals (NCAA Rule 1-1-6 and UIL Rule 9-2-1-b-5). PENALTY—Dead-ball foul. 15 yards from the succeeding spot [S7 and S27]. Automatic first down for fouls by Team B if not in conflict with other rules. Flagrant offenders, if players or substitutes, shall be disqualified [S47]. To assist with compliance, consider the following procedures: • Have the band stop playing from the time the Offense (of either team) breaks the huddle until the ball is snapped. • Or, in the case of Offenses that do not huddle, have the band stop playing from the time the Center on Offense is over the ball until the ball is snapped. This may necessitate creating shorter versions of some music, as is common practice with college bands. A drum line playing throughout the game generally does not prohibit a team from hearing its signals – use your discretion. Although most officials do warn a band prior to calling a penalty, they are not required to do so. Consider discussing this matter with your head football coach, athletic director, and/or school administration to determine a plan that is appropriate for your school.