The UIL has some rule changes coming down this school year that will strengthen penalties for athletes ejected from games and even change spring football practice and change how baseball and softball series are set.

The University Interscholastic League Legislative Council met last week in Round Rock.

Under one of the changes approved, if a player is ejected from a football game, the penalty will be missing the first half of the next scheduled game. In other sports, an ejection will result in missing the next game. The measure also said it did not “alter” the points penalty structure in soccer.

For baseball and softball coaches, the biggest change will be in how playoff series are set. Under previous rules, teams could not play more than one game prior to Friday of that week, which put some teams in a bind when scheduling because of graduation and other awards ceremonies at the end of the school year.

The new rule approved by the UIL states that teams can play the first and second games of a series before Friday. The third game cannot be played until Friday.

The legislative council modified the number of days Class 6A and 5A football teams can hold spring practice. Teams can now do 18 practices in 34 consecutive calendar days instead of 30 days.