Re: Leaving UIL
Posted by Been on the other side on 7/23/2020, 5:39 pm, in reply to "Leaving UIL"
You don't need to tell UIL anything, you can just stop participating (assuming your administration supports you). If you aren't going to UIL competitions, you don't need to follow all of the UIL rules. Have those kids rehearsing 40 hours a week at 2 step intervals with no masks so you're ready for BOA. Or don't, just rehearse for an hour before the game and call it a day, you aren't going to contest so who cares if your show would score a Div V. Build your marching show however you want to, as long or as short as you want it to be. Play anything you want for your spring contest program. There would definitely be pluses there. |
Heck, for this year, UIL isn't telling you that you MUST do any of the things in their guidelines. Unless your admin requires you to do UIL, you don't need to be having rehearsals right now. You don't need to have marching band at all this year.
But having taught outside of the UIL system, let me give you some other points to ponder:
Unless someone puts together a good alternative, your coaches won't want to leave UIL. Like it or not, UIL is the recognized system in Texas for determining regional and state champions. Your football team won't be able to fill up a schedule, because all of the other teams are busy playing their UIL games (the ones that actually matter).
If you still wanted to compete, you could do an assortment of local marching contests, maybe BOA, concert festivals in the spring, local solo and ensemble. There's not another competition circuit that comes close to the UIL system of Region, Area, State competitions. I'm not aware of any other high school level competition for Solo and Ensemble that does Region then State. TMEA and UIL work very closely together, TMEA isn't about to start a parallel competing system for anything outside of the All-State process.
Maybe competition isn't important to you (that's a whole other discussion). Consider, when you go looking for another job, anyone with half a clue about the music world is going to check out texasmusicforms.com and see what scores you get. If you're not listed, that's a strike against you. Who cares if you got "best in class" at some regional contest they've never heard of?
I've taught in a school where the sports league and the music league were completely separate. There was zero communication, and it showed. Sports events were booked over the top of music events all the time (sometimes in the same facility). Guess who wins that conflict. UIL isn't perfect in this regard, but they do a pretty good job of organizing the calendar to reduce the number of conflicts between major sports, music, theatre, etc events.
UIL isn't a state agency, but they are recognized as an authority. The state codes about NPNP literally tell you to follow whatever UIL says. In many cases, TEA defers to UIL on anything to do with sports or other competitions. You'll still be subject to a lot of their rules. If you want to start a parallel league, it's a free country, but it's going to be an uphill battle to get anyone else to join you. It doesn't matter how great your league is, nobody will join until you have enough schools who have already joined.
You may not like the way they're handling this current situation, but UIL has done a TON for music in Texas. They are a big part of why Texas is the best place in the country to teach band.