February 2021
ACADEMICS
Spring Academic Meet Information
Spring Academic Meet information, including Speech, is in the Spring Academic Contest Plan.

Latest information for all events, including the revision to the One-Act Play facial covering rule, can be found in the Academics Updates.

Frequently Asked Questions
As we maneuver through the options, formats and changes to this year’s academic meets, please visit the Spring Contest Plan FAQ page to find answers and recommendations to common questions. The page will be updated throughout the contest season.

Virtual Options
There is not a digital option for test-taking and writing events. Contest materials may not be disseminated to students in an electronic format. 

Spelling and Vocabulary
Because of the unusual circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, an audio file will be available for district, region and state meets that can be used as a substitute for an in-person pronouncer.

Essay Competitions
Essay competition deadline is Wednesday, February 17th! Essays are submitted electronically here.

SPEECH
Congress
Coaches with state-qualifiers should review the UIL Congress Rules and Procedures that will be followed at the State Congress Meet. This meet will be conducted in-person so the temporary rule waivers put in place for meets conducted virtually at invitationals and some regions will NOT be followed. 

Spring Speech Contests
Important updates for Prose & Poetry, Informative & Persuasive Speaking, Lincoln Douglas Debate are discussed on the speech homepage. These updates include temporary rule waivers and modifications as well as “Best Practices”, should your district choose to host a virtual speech meet.

THEATRE
UIL Theatrical Design Reminders
Theatrical Design Contest: February 13 is the deadline for submissions for Theatrical Design Contest. See REGISTRATION AND THEATRICAL DESIGN SUBMISSION for Instructions.

Contest Entry Portal now open. Please email Rachael Gomez, contest director if you have questions.  

Reminders for OAP Meet Officials / Contest Managers
February 1 was the deadline for District/Zone OAP meets to be set up in the UIL spring meet entry system by a meet official (Contest Manager or District Meet Director). If the meet is not set up, you, the director will be unable to enter their contestants. Please read Spring Meet instructions, follow step by step before calling State office. 

Reminders for OAP Directors
Please review the latest email information for the recent updates to rules and guidelines.

February 14 is the deadline to enter your play title in the UIL spring meet entry system. The link and step-by-step instructions may be found on this LINK.  Please be sure that if you selected a play from the  approved list of plays, that indeed it is on the list. Play approval deadline was December 14. 

CONTEST ENTRY IS A TWO-STEP PROCESS IN TWO SEPARATE DATABASES.
Zone/District Contestant Entry Date varies Feb-March. Check with your Contest Manager for the deadline. It is usually 10 days before contest, but double check.  
  • Step 1: Enter your contestants in the Spring Meet Entry System
  • Step 2: Please fill out the contestant entry “machform.” See Step-by-step instructions.
Missing Bi- District Meets and Representatives: We are still missing numerous Bi District Representatives and Bi District Meet information. Please check the page. If you are this year’s rep, send us the information as soon as you can.

STEM
Robotics
The UIL Robotics FIRST Division State Championships are tentatively scheduled for June 15-17, 2021 (dates have been corrected from what was sent in the original email). Specifics on location, event format, and other details will be posted on the UIL Robotics page as they become available.