June 2022
Capital Conference
Registration is open for the UIL Capital Conference until June 6. The conference will be held on June 20-21 at the Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Early registration is $95 until June 6. After that, registration will only be accepted onsite and the fee will be $125. There is a wide array of sessions geared for academic coordinators and coaches of grades 2-12. A tentative schedule has been posted. Sessions will be offered in all academic areas taught by test writers and some of the best educators in Texas.

Student Activity Conferences for Fall
Mark your calendars for next year. Student Activity Conferences in the fall are free with no pre-registration required. Bring staff and students to instructional sessions designed for beginning to advanced students, academic coordinators and coaches. The Conferences are held 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on a Saturday. Tentative schedules will be posted for each site about a month prior to the conference.
  • September 10:  Tyler Junior College, Tyler
  • October 1:  Texas Tech University, Lubbock
  • October 29:  University of Texas at Austin
  • November 5:  UTRGV, Edinburg

Planning for Next Year
It is never too early to have planning meetings to set dates and locations for next year’s contests. With new classifications and alignments, be the coordinator to take the initiative to start planning. Please review the 2022-2023 UIL Tentative Calendar for dates. It is important that academic coordinators, theatre directors and speech coaches coordinate so events do not conflict, particularly at the district/area OAP levels. Note that the state meet dates for academics, one-act play and speech are all tentative. It is highly likely that those dates will change from where they are currently posted to avoid testing conflicts and meet facility needs.

Number of Entries for 2022-23
Starting next school year for spring meet contests with a team component, each school may enter as many as four individuals in the district meet, or a maximum of six individuals with District Executive Committee approval. This change applies to high school Accounting, Calculator Applications, Computer Science, Current Issues and Events, Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Number Sense, Social Studies, and Spelling and Vocabulary.

Advancement structure will mirror what is currently followed in the Science Contest for teams. In district competition, the top four scoring contestants from a school will constitute the school’s team. At all levels, the sum of the top three overall scores from each school constitutes the team score for the school, with the fourth highest scoring member serving as the tiebreaker. All four members of first place or wild card teams advance to the next level of competition. All team members who qualify to regional or state will also compete for individual honors. 

This change provides an opportunity for schools to increase student participation at the district level without impacting the number of contestants advancing to region or state competition.

Computer Applications Phase-Out
The 2021-22 competition year was the first of the constitutional amendment to phase out the High School Computer Applications Contest over a period of three years. Due to declining participation and the software and hardware now adopted by many school districts not being compatible with the requirements of the competition, the UIL Legislative Council voted to phase out the event at the end of the 2023-24 school year. UIL will provide resources and testing materials for the next two years of this contest.

Speech State Meet
Congratulations to all the students who earned medals at the 2022 Speech State Meet this year. Thank you to the college professors, high school coaches and others that helped fill over 400 judging positions for the tournament. It was a grand success using electronic ballots through the SpeechWire tournament management system.

Summer Camps
There are multiple camps being conducted around the state this summer if your students want enrichment. UIL does not recommend any specific camp but the State Office is happy to put coaches in contact with camp directors for information.

Capital Conference
The conference on June 20-21 will feature over 30 UIL speaking contests workshops. If you are a new coach, it’s the best way to learn about the events you’ll be coaching and networking with the forensic community. Highlights include CX Debate Topic Analysis, a visual portrayal of Cutting & Weaving Literature for Performance, Managing your Students at Meets, Motivation and Mental Health, and a wealth of additional sessions tailored for speech and debate coaches. Outstanding speakers will share their expertise on how to be successful in UIL Speech.

Deadlines for Congress 2022-23: Don’t let the deadline to submit your school’s Intent to Participate form catch you by surprise. September 10 is when all schools wishing to compete at the region contest should submit their Intent form. That is also the deadline for submitting legislation to be considered for the region docket so mark it on your calendar and get your students working over the summer to write legislation.

A Time to Celebrate!
Congratulations to all state participants in the UIL One Act Play Contest and Theatrical Design contests. UIL returned to Austin and Round Rock for the UIL State Meet. A huge thank you to staff at Austin ISD Performing Arts Center and the Raymond Hartfield Performing Arts Center at Round Rock ISD for hosting these events. A complete list of the finalists and winners can be found the UIL One Act Play Page and the  Theatrical Design Page

Join us this summer for the UIL Capital Conference. We will have over 25 sessions dedicated to OAP, Theatrical Design and Film Contests. Workshops include Stage Combat, Acting, Directing, Blocking, Stage Management, Sound Design, Lighting and Digital Scenery, Projections,  Contest Preparation, and a deep dive into OAP Rules, Film Categories and this year’s Theatrical Design title, Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN adapted by Dorothy Louise. Full description and presenter names coming soon!

Congratulations to our Theatre Team Champions and Runner-up winners for 2022. Theatre Team Champion is awarded to the school that finishes with the most overall points in OAP, Theatrical Design and Film points. 

State Champion First Place - Abbott High School
First Runner-up - Rankin High School
(TIE)Second Runner-up - Trinidad High School
(TIE)Second Runner-up - Bryson High School

State Champion - Mount Enterprise High School 
First Runner-up - Mason High School
(TIE)Second Runner-up - Sabine Pass High School
(TIE)Second Runner-up - Christoval High School

(TIE) State Champion - White Oak High School
(TIE) State Champion - Ballinger High School
(TIE)Second Runner Up - Holliday High School
(TIE)Second Runner Up - Bishop High School

(TIE) State Champion - Brownwood High School
(TIE) State Champion - Paris North Lamar High School
Second Runner-up - Lindale High School

State Champion - Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Southwest High School
First Runner-up - Boerne Champion High School
Second Runner-up - Lewisville: The Colony High School

State Champion - Allen High School
First Runner- up - Pharr-San Juan-Alamo North High School
Second Runner Up - Spring: Westfield High School