The University Interscholastic League was created by The University of Texas at Austin to provide leadership and guidance to public school debate and athletic teachers. Since 1909 the UIL has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world. The UIL continues to operate as part of the University of Texas, under the auspices of the Vice President for Diversity & Community Engagement.
The UIL exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. The initials UIL have come to represent quality educational competition administered by school people on an equitable basis.
Why Have Interschool Activities?
TEAMWORK. Participation teaches that it is a privilege and an honor to represent one's school. Students learn to win and to lose; to take as well as to give. Self-motivation and intellectual curiosity are essential to the best academic participants. Physical training and good health habits are essential to the best athletes.
Interscholastic competition is a fine way to encourage youngsters to enrich their education and expand their horizons. Leadership and citizenship experiences through interschool activities help prepare students for a more useful and wholesome life.
And it's fun!
What Does The UIL Do?
- Provides students with educational experiences through competition.
- Promotes good sportsmanship and cooperation among member schools.
- Works to prevent exploitation of students by special interest groups.
- Publishes the monthly Leaguer newspaper, sent to sponsors and administrators of all member schools, UIL adjudicators and officials, and interested news media in Texas.
- Provides the use of speech video tapes and athletic tournament and rules films through The UT-Austin Film Library and the National Federation of State High School Associations.
- Works closely with associations to provide better officiating and adjudication for UIL contests.
- Sponsors regional conferences and clinics for athletic, music, drama, and academic contests.
- Provides materials to schools for use in UIL contests.
- Seeks to safeguard the health and welfare of students by requiring physical examinations for participation in athletics.
- Seeks to keep awards for achievement on a sensible basis by restricting the cost and type.
- Sponsors district, regional, and state tournaments or meets in athletic, music, drama, and academic contests.
- Provides drama teachers with an extensive Drama Loan Library of more than 26,000 plays.
- Sponsors the Interscholastic League Press Conference.
- Administers the Texas Interscholastic League Foundation which provides scholarships for drama and academic state competitors.
Schools Make the Rules
The Constitution and Contest Rules contains rules for UIL activities and standards of eligibility to be met by students to earn the privilege of representing their schools in interschool contests. These rules apply to participating schools and students. From the beginning, administrators from across Texas have served on UIL committees and helped write and establish rules and administrative guidelines. By voluntary adoption of rules, school people discipline their own interschool activities.