Speech & Debate
Contact Info

Speech & Debate Director:
Jana Riggins

Email:
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Department Phone:
512-471-5883

Department Fax:
512-232-1499

State Champions

Getting to Know The UIL

I. Things to Know for All UIL Contests

  • Constitution and Contest Rules - available online
  • Academic Coordinator's Manual - available online
  • TEA-UIL Side by Side - question and answer format concerning state laws, eligibility; available online
  • Importance of tournament procedures, roll call, checking ballots, contest verification procedures
  • Speech Handbooks for all seven contests (available free of charge from the UIL website)

II. Things to Know for CX Debate

  • Topic Release - topic announced in January and debated the following fall; posted on website, in Leaguer
  • CX Fall District Planning Meet - held prior to October 1; contact principal to know the date and permission to attend
  • District selects CX District Director - register name and contact info online by November 1
  • Fall Planning Meeting Agenda - all agenda items should be discussed; posted online at www.uiltexas.org/speech/debate
  • District CX Meet - District Director sets up entry form in the Spring Meet Entry System by December 1; link to system found on speech web page
  • Dates for CX Debate District contest - see UIL calendar for window
  • Tournament Format - District: prelim rounds, advancing to elimination rounds or round robin
  • District Entry Form - submit online at least 10 calendar days before meet
  • Winner's Info - details about State tournament posted online for students
  • Coach's Packet - large red and white envelope you are responsible for picking up from District Contest Director before leaving the district tournament
  • Judging requirement if qualified for State Meet - deadline posted in Constitution & Contest Rules
  • Judging form - completed online; there is a late fee if you miss the deadline
  • UIL's A Guide to Cross-Examination Debate Handbook - Available free of charge from UIL website
  • Rules particular to UIL Debate - certification of some 1st and 2nd place teams; procedures for substitutions at State; prompting, open CX, scouting prohibited. use of computers

III. Things to Know for LD Debate

  • Topic Release - mid-August/mid-December; posted online
  • Tournament Format - District: prelim rounds, advancing to elimination rounds or round robin
  • UIL's LD Debate Guide - available free of charge from UIL website
  • Winner's Info - details about State tournament posted online for students
  • Coach's Packet - large red and white envelope you are responsible for picking up from Regional Contest Director before leaving Regional contest site
  • Judging requirement if qualified for State Meet - deadline posted in Constitution & Contest Rules

IV. Things to Know for Prose & Poetry

  • Contestants prepare two performances, one from Category A and one from Category B
  • Categories/Category restrictions - see UIL Prose and Poetry Handbook
  • Documentation requirements - students don't compete without approval of documentation
  • Prose and Poetry Handbook - responsible for reading, critical for documentation explanation; download for no charge from UIL website
  • State Office assistance - contact with questions or for clarification
  • Research opportunities - links at www.uiltexas.org/speech/oral-interp/resource-web-sites-for-interpretative-speech
  • Contest Procedures - sectioning, drawing for the category, time limit
  • Speech IE Ranking System for Multiple Judges - TalkTab software downloadable free from UIL speech webpage

V. Things to Know for Persuasive & Informative

  • Rules in the Prep Room - what materials are allowed and not allowed
  • Informative/Persuasive Handbook - download for free from the UIL website
  • Sources for files - website links and news sources to explore at www.uiltexas.org/speech/extemp/extemp-web-resources
  • Contest Procedures - no talking in prep room, draw at 10 minute intervals, no outlines in prep, one card no larger than 3" x 5" is permissible, limitation on what can be taken out of prep room
  • Speech IE Ranking System for Multiple Judges - TalkTab software downloadable free from UIL speech webpage

VI. Things to Know Congress

  • Contest held during fall and winter
  • Intent to Participate form must be submitted online by September 11, 2017
  • Regions organized by Educational Service Cetner rather than by traditional UIL Districts or Regions.
  • See website for your Regional Clerk's contact info
  • Access contest rules, structure and procedures on the UIL website and review the UIL Congress Handbook, availalbe for free download from the UIL website
  • Contestants can submit legislation to ESC Regional clerk for consideration by September 11, 2017.
UNIVERSITY INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE
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Tel: (512) 471-5883 | Fax: (512) 471-5908