Case in point a band in the old 2A (now 3A) down in the valley ended up with a 3. Under the old rule they advanced as one of two options to Area. At Area they advanced to state... I agree this was an oddball case, but it did happen in the past. I haven't seen a point in it being applied for a while for 3A, but for the current Class 2A bands I have seen this rule in effect many times to send bands to Area.
This seems like another case of large school only thinking going on currently at UIL. I miss having representation there for us!