We are having a great time. Kids are happy. Morale is good. We have the opportunity to adjust minimally when we have kids quarantined or sick without the threat of contest hanging over our head.
If the kids HAVE to have UIL to keep them motivated, perhaps the priorities that have been communicated in the past are flawed. When a band goes to UIL and gets a 2 or a 3...usually the kids bounce back quickly and move on with life. Directors tend to have a harder time with it. We hang on to those successes and failures on a much more personal level.
THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL ATTACK. I don't have any idea what your program priorities are. I will openly admit that UIL is much more about directors than it is the kids.
The kids want a place to belong. They want to have fun. Enjoy playing. They didn't stay in band all the way through the early years of middle school for UIL in most cases. They stayed in because music is fun. They enjoy the activity. The enjoy their friends and the social aspects.
For me, this season has made me question the kind of leadership I have given them in the past as it relates to competition.
In 15 years, none of our kids are going to be talking about what their rating was. They are going to be talking about the experiences they had and the people they were around.