University Interscholastic League (UIL) Booster Club Guidelines

The UIL has guidelines concerning gifts and donations including but not limited to the following:

  1. Money given to a school cannot be earmarked for any particular expense. Booster clubs may make recommendations, but cash or other valuable consideration must be given to the school to use at its discretion.
  2. Coaches and directors of UIL academics, athletics and fine arts may not accept more than $500 in money, product or service from any source in recognition of or appreciation for coaching, directing or sponsoring UIL activities. The $500 limit is cumulative for a calendar year and is not specific to any one particular gift.
  3. Funds are to be used to support school activities. To provide such funding for non-school activities would violate UIL rules and the public trust through which funds are earned.
  4. Booster clubs cannot give anything to students, including awards.
  5. Unlike music and academic booster clubs, athletic booster club funds shall not be used to support athletic camps, clinics, private instruction, or any activity outside of the school.
  6. Athletes are restricted by the Athletic Amateur Rule, which states that athletes cannot accept money or valuable consideration for participating in a UIL sport or for allowing their names to be used in promoting a product, plan or service related to a UIL contest.
  7. Academics has no amateur rule.

The above guidelines were derived from the UIL website. The information documented above is not all-inclusive and is subject to change by the UIL. Therefore, for the most up-to-date version of this information and to find out about other UIL guidelines, please go to the UIL’s website at

In addition, the UIL has the following publications online:

UIL Booster Club Guidelines:

Parent Information Manual:

Subchapter M on Eligibility which contains the Amateur Rule that applies to Athletics:

Subchapter N-O which includes the Awards Rule

UIL Constitution and Contest Rules

If you have questions concerning UIL guidelines, please contact:

University Interscholastic League
P.O. Box 8028, Austin, TX 78713

Policy & Administration: Dr. Charles Brethaupt Executive Director 512-471-5908
Athletics: Dr. Mark Cousins Director of Athletics 512-471-6589
Academics: Dr. David Stevens Academic Director 512-232-7311
Music: Richard Floyd Music Director 512-471-5908