To a certain extent, I agree with you. I understand freedom of choice, and I understand that the UIL people are in a difficult position. However, I think in this case they have made things worse.
An alternate plan would have been to push contest back to November. Thanksgiving is late this year, and we could have fit every level of contest during the month of November. Relax the rubric requirements a bit, and plan your drill and rehearsals accordingly. Remember - you only have to have 5 minutes of show to go to Region Contest. It still would have allowed for at least seven full weeks of school before UIL.
Now, we are stuck with either not going to contest and denying our students yet another experience, or going to contest in December.