HOUSTON - The University Interscholastic League (UIL) unveiled a couple of rule changes that will be in effect for the 2019 high school football season.
The announcement came on Monday during the Texas High School Coaching Association Convention, which took place earlier this week at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
One change is associated with targeting, the other blindside blocks.
In 2018 targeting calls came with an automatic ejection for the player guilty of the hit.
The new rule defines targeting in two ways now, with an intent to harm, which will still carry an automatic ejection, and without intent to harm, which will result in a 15-yard yard penalty, but no ejection.
The game officials will make the determination as to the type of targeting that occurs.
If a player gets two targeting calls in the same game, regardless if both of the calls are without intent to harm, he will be ejected.
Blindside hits are now punishable on any play. A personal foul, 15-yard penalty will be the call.
In other news, UIL officials said the 2020 state championship games will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Six of the last seven championship extravaganzas have been hosted by the stadium, which is the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
This season's state championship affairs will also take place in Arlington.
The UIL seems to prefer Arlington's central location over that of Houston and San Antonio, who also have domed stadiums.
Last year's games in Arlington drew over 215,000.
Instant replay in the state title games debuted last season and will continue to be utilized this year as well.