2017 Hamshire-Fannett UIL Tournament
Dates: 1/13/2017 - 1/14/2017

Join us at the Longhorn Invitational UIL tournament!

Friday and Saturday, January 13th and 14th, 2017

  • UIL Coordinator Joyce Blain, jblain@hfhorns.net

EVENTS: We are offering (almost) all UIL events, including CX Debate and the hands-on programming for Computer Science. UIL rules will be followed, and the Set A UIL practice materials will be used.  

  • Student Congress will not be offered this year because the state tournament happens earlier in the week. 
  • There will be two divisions, Large (5-6A) and Small school (1-4A). Please register carefully.
  • Note: According to the new conflict pattern, Literary Criticism is moving to the block late in the day. This move makes a lot of events available to contestants, so take a look and talk to your kiddos! 
  • Copy Editing will be offered after the other four Journalism events. Grading for the event will happen the next morning. Winners will be announced, as appropriate, medals will be mailed. 


SCHEDULE: See the Schedule tab. The schedule has been determined by the UIL Conflict Pattern. 

  • In order to keep the contest running on time, cross-entering will not be permitted.
  • Computer Applications, Journalism, CX Debate, and LD Debate will compete on Friday.  
  • All other events will take place on Saturday.  
  • All speaking, Computer Applications, Ready Writing, and Journalism events are limited to 4 entries per school. 


There will be no verification for Journalism. 


  • Entry deadline is Monday, January 9, 2017 at 6 p.m 
  • Drop deadline is Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at noon.
  • Contestant names should be entered by the drop deadline, i.e. no Awesome Student #1 after noon on the 11th. 



  • For every 4 entries in LD Debate and every 2 entries in CX Debate, a $100 judging fee will be charged.
  • If you would like to judge, contact Joyce Blain. You will be paid directly, and separately from the entry fees.
  • CX Debate is limited to 3 teams per school. The top 3 scores from each school will be used to calculate team scores in team events. 
  • Judging fees will be paid by check after the meet, not in cash, as has been custom in the past. District accounting practices have changed. Thank you for understanding. 



  • Drops after noon on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, will forfeit the entry fee.
  • Please advise us of any drops in LD Debate, CX Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Prose, or Poetry. Email jblain@hfhorns.net. If we are not notified, a $25 drop fee per student, per event will be assessed for speaking events. 



  • Substitutions may be made on contest day. Coaches should present a substitution slip, obtained at registration. 
  • Names will not be added or changed without an add slip.


FOOD AND SERVICES: Concessions will be offered. Food will be available at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Sponsors, coaches, and bus drivers are invited to the hospitality suite. 

Food should be kept to the cafeteria and the picnic area outside. There should be no eating or drinking in the auditorium or contest rooms. 


FACILITIES:  Contests will be held in buildings all over our campus. The cafeteria and auditorium will be available for students who have finished or are in between contests. Conduct in these common areas is expected to be professional. Misuse of HF property may result in the disqualification of a contestant or an entire team.

Thank you for encouraging your contestants to quietly move through the halls!  


  • Results will be posted in the cafeteria. Contestants should go to the main office to obtain their medal. 
  • Medals will be awarded to the top six places in individual events for both Large (5A and 6A) and Small (1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A) school divisions, as well as to first and second place members of the winning teams in both divisions. In speech events, only one set of medals will be awarded (no divisions).

Sweepstakes points will be calculated according to the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules. First and second place sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the top two schools in both large and small school divisions.



  • All Computer Application teams and Spelling teams MUST provide a grader.  Without a school representative, the school’s tests will NOT be graded or scored
  • All coaches need to report for grading in non-judged events. Many hands make light work.  
  • Report to grade prior to the time the event is scheduled to end.
  • Please aid coaches of other events by grading if he or she is working with students or another event. We understand everyone is spread thin at these competitions and appreciate your help.



  • All Computer Application contestants and Computer Science teams must provide their own laptop computers, printers, and other materials. 
  • Ready Writing and Journalism contestants must provide their own laptops and printers if they are using computers to compete. Contests will be held in labs allowing electrical access to plug in equipment, and contestants will be given 30 minutes to set up their equipment.



  • Vandalism of any sort could disqualify the entire squad.    
  • Please keep all food and drink in the cafeteria.
  • We ask that you help keep the noise down in the cafeteria.
  • Hamshire-Fannett ISD will not be held responsible for damage, theft, loss of property, or accidents.
  • Please be responsible with equipment and classrooms.
  • Good sportsmanship and professionalism are expected.  


We look forward to seeing you and your students on January 13th and 14th! 

 Joyce Blain, UIL Coordinator 























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