1) scale down the literature difficulty to only why you know you can get forced through in class. If they’re not practicing, giving yourself an aneurysm over lit won’t help. As they get through more, you can slowly scale back up.
2) give them some input into the literature selection. Pick four pieces you know you can get done, and let them vote for what they want. It will give them some ownership and might spark a small ember of responsibility.
3) celebrate the small things. Finally get through the Eb scale correctly? Celebrate a little. Enjoy the smaller successes and they will eventually add up to the larger ones.
4) I know this is blasphemy, but is UIL really an appropriate metric at this juncture? Could you perhaps be better served in the long term by going to small, low stress festivals to build success and confidence? I know some festivals feel like “buying a trophy”, but some groups need that validation before you can move on to focus on the bigger goals. If they bring home a handful of trophies and outstanding section awards from the small group things, they’ll be more confident and inclined to work than starting in the UIL 1 or Nothing model. From there you can work towards that UIL plaque. If your admin will support you, take a hiatus from UIL whole you rebuild. If they won’t severely downplay the importance of the ratings there and play up the awards at the smaller things. Morale makes a world of difference.