• When are the tournaments?

    Tournaments are offered throughout the entire school year, beginning in September with the official District spring meet occurring in May.

    What is the difference between “invitational” and official?

    The official UIL League office supports two invitational, or practice, meets a year. At HoustonISD, our department sponsors an additional three practice meets. These meets are considered practice for the official District meet. Invitational meets are great, low-risk way for students to understand the rules of competition and practice their skills.

    Why is the Official District Meet so strict?

    The Official District Meet has many rules to guarantee fairness and equity to all students. Our department does not bend the rules in order to maintain competitive equity. In the same way that Athletics doesn’t bend the rules in football or basketball, the same applied for academics.

    How do we get involved in debate?

    Debate is not considered an official UIL contest for middle school students (otherwise known as “A+ Academics”). However, our department partners with the Houston Debate Initiative to offer the forms of UIL debate found in high school academics to prepare students for a success for forensics career. The HDI offers LD, PF and Congress for middle school. Please contact the Director, Stephen Jump at sjump@houstonisd.org for more information on participation.

    How do I know if my school is participating?

    These are the current schools registered to participate as of August 1, 2018. If you believe your school should be listed and is not, please contact our office.

    Who’s in charge of the UIL Program at my school?

    Programs vary from campus to campus. Each school has their own appointed UIL Coordinator that is responsible for coordinating the students, their activities, competition registration and tournament day information. Please contact your school’s administrator to find out your school’s UIL Coordinator.

    What can I participate in at a UIL Academic Tournament?

    We offer all the academic contests listed here: http://www.uiltexas.org/aplus/events

    Quick references for the contests: http://www.uiltexas.org/files/academics/aplus/aplus-quick-reference.pdf

    While any student is eligible to participate, students cannot violate the official UIL conflict schedule. Meaning, a student cannot attempt to be in two places at one. Please check the individual tournament schedules on speechwire to be sure.

    You do not have to qualify to participate in our invitational or district meets, however, certain schools or programs may have internal auditions or participation requirements. Please check with your campus representative to determine your individual eligibility.

    I earned a failing grade in one of my classes. Can I still participate in the tournament?

    Depends. Please see the document listed on “Competition Information” entitled “No Pass, No Play” to see if your circumstances meet the requirements and discuss with your coordinator.

    How can I see the results from a tournament?

     You may see results posted online at www.speechwire.com. Just click that link and find the appropriate tournament. Coordinators generally have all the test packets with them. Students should work with their coordinators to know when students should receive their tests.

    Is there an awards ceremony? I’d like to see my child receive it.

    We hand out awards throughout the day, as soon as the contests are verified as an official result. Parents are welcome to stay with their children in the designated areas throughout the day. Additionally, some schools do individual recognitions on their campus – check with your campus coordinator to know specific school procedures.