Meet planning, Student Activities Conferences and contest updates
The UIL academic staff looks forward to working with you in the year ahead. Please check our website for current information and forms, but feel free to contact us when you have questions or need assistance. Below is information that will help get the year started.
Academic Coordinator Information Packet
All high school campus coordinators should download the Academic Coordinator Information Packet posted
on the Academic Coordinator Resources webpage. The packet contains links and important information for this school year and is a great starting place for new and returning coordinators.
Now is the time to hold planning meetings to set dates and locations for this year’s contests. Please review the 2023-2024 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.
Academic Changes for 2023-2024
The following rule changes go into effect for this year’s academic contests. Please review the handbooks of each event for more details.
- In spring Academic contests with a team component, each member high school may enter as many as six individuals in the district meet, which may be limited to a maximum of four individuals with district executive committee approval. This applies to high school Accounting, Calculator Applications, Computer Science, Current Issues and Events, Literary Criticism, Mathematics, Number Sense, Social Studies, and Spelling and Vocabulary. The Science contest continues to allow as many as six individuals in the district meet.
Student Activities Conferences
Join us in Odessa, Austin, Prosper or Corpus Christi for Fall Student Activities Conferences.
A full day of intensive sessions are focused on all UIL academic topics – including theatre, STEM as well as speech and debate. Sessions are designed for beginning students, advanced students, coaches and academic coordinators to help prepare for upcoming contests.
The deadline for the essay competitions is Wednesday, Feb. 14. Students will find the entry form available via this page.
Capital Conference feedback needed
Whether or not you attended Capital Conference this summer, UIL would like your feedback as they work to improve events in the future. Please complete this survey.
If journalism teachers and students plan to attend the JEA/NSPA National Spring Journalism Convention in April, please note that the convention dates could conflict with the UIL district meet. To avoid this conflict, consider scheduling your journalism contests for Monday or Tuesday if possible.
The ILPC membership form is now open on the UIL journalism webpage. The yearbook evaluation and IAA deadline is Dec. 1.
ILPC will once again partner with TAJE to bring you the Centex Invitational UIL Journalism Meet. Click here for more information. Click
here to register.
Stay informed about all things journalism and ILPC. If you’d like to join our email list or need anything at all in the realm of journalism, email Alyssa Boehringer.
Physics Study Text for 2023-2024 – Five Equations that Changed the World: The Power and Poetry of Mathematics, by Dr. Michael Guillen. Visit the Science webpage for details.
BEST – Kickoff events for the 2023 season – Incision Decision – begin Sept. 2 and continue through Sept. 23. Check with your
BEST hub for details.
FIRST – FTC kickoff for the 23-24 season – CENTERSTAGE – is Sept. 9. Check the FIRST website or contact
FIRST in Texas for events in your area.
Elementary, middle, and junior high coordinators use this link to register their campuses by Nov. 17 for UIL A+ Academics participation. Registered coordinators will receive the updated A+ Handbook.
SPEECH & DEBATE
For All Speech and Debate Coaches
- All teachers coaching any of the seven UIL speaking events need to register.
- The “At-A-Glance” Speech and Debate Calendar provides contest dates and deadlines for the entire season.
- Valuable staff development and CPE credit is being provided at the Texas Speech Communication Association convention to be held Oct. 12-14 in Houston. The UIL Interest Group is sponsoring sessions throughout the convention to help you build success in UIL Speech, Debate and Theatre. For registration and programming information, click here
Congress Intent to Participate forms are due no later than September 10.
Quick access to CX and LD Debate topics and resources can be found on our webpage.
Prose and Poetry
- Prose and Poetry contests have new literary categories.
- Expanded discussion is contained in the 2023-24 free digital Prose & Poetry Handbook. Students and coaches can learn in-depth about the categories in workshops provided at each of the Student Activities Conferences this fall.
- Access the Oral Interpretation webpage for documentation rulings, copyright information, judge training materials. This is also where district, region and state official documentation forms will be posted.
Informative and Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking
Fall Reminders and Updates
Aug. 31- Bi-District Contest information and representative deadline. Please check the Bi-District
page now. If you are the Bi-District host, please submit the contest information ASAP.
Oct. 1- High School One Act Play Enrollment deadline via (drumroll please) SPEECHWIRE. It’s a very quick process and no UTEID required. ENROLL TODAY!
One-Act Play Resources
Theatrical Design Contest
The “Intent to Participate” form is now available. Completing this form does not obligate you to enter the contest. This year’s entry is the musical HADESTOWN. Book, Music & Lyrics by Anaïs Mitchell and published by Concord Theatricals. Questions? Contact
Rachael Gomez, contest director.
UIL Young Filmmakers
The “Intent to Participate in the Film Contest” form and updated contest guidebook are now available. Completing this form does not obligate you to enter the contest. It is for contest organization purposes only. Film submission deadline is Jan. 20, 2024.