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2020-2021 Academics Updates

Updated 3-4-21

The calendar for academic activities is unchanged at this time. Please review the UIL Risk Mitigation Guidelines that 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. Host sites may require stricter safety protocols.

Spring Academic Contest Plan

Spring Academic Meet information for test-taking, writing and speech competitions has been posted on the Academics Spring 2021 Contest Plan webpage.

  • Districts and regions have a variety of options for hosting academic meets.
  • State meet locations will be announced at a later date.

Speech & Debate

CX Debate

  • QUALIFIER RUBRIC FOR ALL CX DEBATE DISTRICT TOURNAMENTS: 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
  • State Meet: The 2021 UIL Cross-Examination Debate Meets will be held on the originally-scheduled calendar dates: Conferences 1A, 2A, 3A on March 15-16 and Conferences 4A,5A, 6A on March 19-20. Both tournaments will be virtual in format. Tournament schedule, specific tournament management software and online platform will be announced in advance of the competition.
  • 2020-2021 CX Debate Temporary Modifications & Waivers

Spring Speech Events


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.​

  • 8th Graders in Conferences A, 2A and 3A: Students in Grade 8 from middle or junior high schools feeding into the high school may participate in One-Act Play at the high school level, ONLY when the play would be withdrawn from competition due to lack of student interest or eligibility. The substitution shall be requested by the administrator ONLY at the end of the grading period prior to the contest per the process outlined in the Handbook for One-Act Play.
  • 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.

Young Filmmakers Contest

Theatrical Design Contest

  • Submission Deadline is February 13, 2021. Information on the contest and this year’s prompt may be found on the Theatrical Design webpage
  • The State Theatrical Design Contest will be held virtually on May 7-8. The virtual State Theatrical Awards ceremony will be held May 10.


Planning continues for the Spring 2021 FIRST Division Robotics Championships. FIRST season schedules and event formats have been modified. Additional information is available on the UIL website (check regularly for updates). 

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.