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2020-2021 Academics Updates

The calendar and contest structure for academic activities are unchanged at this time. Please review the Covid-19 Academics Information on the website relating to risk mitigation guidelines which apply to UIL Academic activities. These guidelines are in addition to guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and is applicable to academic practice and competitions.


CX Debate


  • Whether in-person or virtual, all district meets will follow this qualifying structure for the 2020-21 school year:
    • 16 or fewer teams competing = 1st place advances to State*
    • 17 or more teams competing = 1st and 2nd place advance to State

2020-2021 Temporary Modifications & Waivers


State Congress Location, Schedule and Safety Protocols - State Congress Information

If UIL Congress competition is administered through a virtual platform, temporary waivers or alterations to the C&CR and handbook rules and procedures may be implemented for the 2020-21 school year. 

2020-21 Temporary Modifications

  • ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN THE CHAMBER: Internet access will not be prohibited. Wireless capabilities do not have to be disconnected. Cell phones and smart phones will not be prohibited in the chamber. However, competitors should adhere to the UIL Academic Ethics code and exhibit the highest level of integrity in not seeking outside information to give them a competitive advantage.
  • CONGRESS PUBLIC: No one, other than coaches who are employed by the school will be allowed to observe rounds and only when technology allows. Cameras of coaches should be off for the entirety of the round.
  • SIZE OF CHAMBER: Chamber size is reduced from 18-21 competitors to 12.
  • SCORED SPEECHES. Parliamentarians will not score speeches but will rank at the end of the day.
    • Randomized pre-precedence will be used.
    • Direct Questioning will be implemented.
    • Cameras of participants are expected to be on at all times.


One-Act Play

The following UIL One-Act Play temporary waivers or alterations to the C&CR and handbook rules and procedures will be implemented for the 2020-21 school year.

  • Temporary OAP Waivers and Modifications
  • FESTIVALS/CLINICS. The minimum number of schools at a host site is not required. A school may bring a critic to their home campus. A school’s session may not exceed more than 2 hours this includes the performance of the contest entry and critique. The host school must submit a Festival Form to state office that includes name of school, administrator, play title and clinician’s name.
  • CRITIQUES, AWARDS, AND DIRECTOR’S MEETINGS. Critiques may occur before results are announced. Critiques, director’s meetings and awards ceremonies may be held live or virtually through video conferencing.


A+ Academics

Please refer to the UIL A+ Academics Planning Document that was created to offer guidance in planning UIL A+ Academics programs for the 2020-2021 school year.