August 13, 2020
The UIL academic staff looks forward to working with you in the year ahead-in whatever format or way that may be possible. Please check our academic website for current information and forms. The academic web pages have been refreshed for this year, so let us know if you cannot find something. As always, feel free to contact us when you have questions or need assistance.


ACADEMICS

Academic Events for 2020-21
The calendar and contest structure for academic activities is unchanged at this time. Please review the Covid-19 Academics Information on the website relating to risk mitigation guidelines for all UIL events. These guidelines are in addition to guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and intended to be implemented along with  TEA guidance, which applies to UIL academic activities. This is currently applicable to any fall UIL academic activity.

We are actively seeking virtual/online options for our spring events, should meeting in large groups not be an option at that time. 
 
Academic Coordinators

The packet provides links for coordinator registration (must be completed annually), coordinator’s manual, handbooks, study materials, rule changes, and all things needed to get the year started.

District Meet Director
If you will be hosting your district academic meet, please submit the District Academic Meet Directors Information Form located on the UIL website by October 1.

2020 Fall Student Activities Conferences
This year’s conferences will be held in a virtual format. Please check the Student Activities Conference webpage for more information.
 
ILPC Membership
Journalism advisers can renew their ILPC Membership here. We will host all contests this year: newspaper (online and print), yearbook and broadcast. For information or if you have questions, email Jeanne Acton.

Essay Competitions
The deadline for the essay competitions is Wednesday, February 17. Students will find the entry form available via this page.
  
Robotics
Plans are in place to go forward with the fall 2020 BEST Robotics season using a modified structure that incorporates remote competition options. Local BEST hubs have three formats to choose from, allowing them to customize for their specific area and situation. This year’s BEST Division State Championships will NOT include a large in-person event. Alternate methods for championship competition are currently being determined. Please visit the UIL Robotics webpage for links and additional information.

A+ Academics
Elementary, middle, and junior high coordinators use this link to register their campuses by November 20 for UIL A+ Academics participation. 


SPEECH

Congress
Intent to Participate forms are due by September 10. Access Important Dates for Congress here.

LD Debate
New for the 2020-21 season! A new rule for Lincoln Douglas Debate goes into effect this season allowing schools with full entries to enter a 4th debater if there are less than 8 debaters competing in the district LD Debate meet. This change in the LD Debate contest aligns entry representation with that of entry representation in CX Debate. Watch for the release of the Fall Lincoln Douglas Debate topic in the near future.

Oral Interpretation
Updated descriptors of the high school Prose and Poetry Interpretation categories for the 2020-21 season can be found here.

CX Debate
Your debaters will find outstanding resources produced by the UIL Debate Consultant Dr. Rich Edwards for this year’s debate topic Criminal Justice Reform here.
 
Extemporaneous Speaking
Coaches of Informative and Persuasive Speaking will find coaching tips provided by state and national championship coach, Rhonda Smith on the UIL Extemporaneous Speaking webpage.


THEATRE

Fall Calendar and Deadlines
August 10- Deadline for Bi-District Contest information. If you are a Bi-District Representative send us your contact information and Bi-District Meet information .  

August 15 - November 1: Window to schedule zone and district OAP Planning Meetings, draw for Performance order and contact your first judge (panel) or your single judge.  See OAP Handbook for Planning Meeting guide.

October 1 - Deadline for One Act Play Enrollment via Spring Meet Entry System. System will open August 15.

December 14- Deadline for requesting permission to produce plays not on the approved lists and scenic elements that are not permissible under contest rules. For information on submitting a play for approval, extension on your 2020 title entry play or, the current approved lists see Play Lists.

OAP Handbook
The new edition of the UIL One Act Play Handbook coming soon! Meanwhile please use the 26th edition.

Theatrical Design Contest
This year’s entry is the musical, Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh.  ISBN Number 978-0-394-40619-0. Deadline for submissions is February 13, 2021.  Instructions and prompt may be found here.
 
Young Filmmakers Festival
View the state finalist films on our Film page!
 
UIL Drama Loan Library
Our UIL Drama Loan Library is open with over 30,000 plays and collections! It may take a little longer than usual to fulfill orders, but we will do our best. We are here to assist you. For general questions, call 512-471-9996 or email.