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Guide to Events

Seventeen Speech & Debate Events

Interpretation Events:

Dramatic Interpretation (DI)/Humorous Interpretation (HI)

1 performer; portrays 1 or more characters; from a published script. The overall theme is either dramatic or humorous.

Duo Interpretation (Duo)

2 performers, portrays 2 or more characters; from a scene in a published script.  This is not acting; so there are no props.

Poetry Interpretation (Poetry)

1 performer; a “reading” of poetry that follows a specific theme or poet

Prose Interpretation (Prose)

1 performer; a “reading” of a story (either humorous or dramatic); should be in first person

Program Oral Interpretation (POI)

1 performer; a combination of a “reading” of prose, poetry, and/or drama with an emphasis on one topic; should be two or three recognized genres of competitive interpretation (Prose/Poetry/Drama).

Storytelling

1 performer; telling a story from a book but without a book.  Full movement and blocking.

Limited Preparation Events:

Improvisation Duo

2 people; 3min. prep; 7 min. scene with a beginning, middle, and end.  Scene is based on a given situation.

Broadcasting

3 different competitions dealing with different aspects of radio broadcasting (i.e. commercial, prepared script, and impromptu script).

Extemporaneous Speaking

1 person; answer a current events question with evidence; 7 min. time limit; must have cited sources

Impromptu Speaking

1 person; 7min. to think of and deliver a speech that supports or refutes a quotation.

Public Speaking Event

Original Oratory

1 person; 10 min. personally written speech with a broad introduction, body, and conclusion.  Humor encouraged.  No trite or overdone topic (abortion, legalizing marijuana, stereotyping, etc.)

Declamation

1 person; 10 min. speech previously given by someone else (i.e. commencement address, awards speech, political address, sermon, etc.) 

 

 

Debate Events:

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Rules

1. Resolution: The resolution will be one requiring a value judgment.

2. Order of speeches:

  • Affirmative Constructive 6 Minutes
  • Negative Cross Examination 3 Minutes
  • Negative Constructive 7 Minutes
  • Affirmative Cross Examination 3 Minutes
  • Affirmative Rebuttal 4 Minutes
  • Negative Rebuttal 6 Minutes
  • Affirmative Rebuttal 3 Minutes
  • Prep Time 4 Minutes per debater

3. Timing: A timekeeper is an option but isn’t required. If no timekeeper is used, debaters may time for their opponent or the judge may keep time. Prep time for each debater is 4 minutes.

Policy Debate

Order of Speeches:

Each debater must give one and only one constructive speech, one period of questioning, one period of answering, and one rebuttal speech, in the following order:

  • Affirmative Constructive Speech 8 minutes
  • Negative Cross Examines Affirmative 3 minutes
  • Negative Constructive Speech 8 minutes
  • Affirmative Cross Examines Negative 3 minutes
  • Affirmative Constructive Speech 8 minutes
  • Negative Cross Examines Affirmative 3 minutes
  • Negative Constructive Speech 8 minutes
  • Affirmative Cross Examines Negative 3 minutes
  • Negative Rebuttal 5 minutes
  • Affirmative Rebuttal 5 minutes
  • Negative Rebuttal 5 minutes
  • Affirmative Rebuttal 5 minutes
  • Prep time 5 minutes per team

Student Congress

          1 person debating against another person who also is from another school.

Public Forum

Procedure and order of speeches: Prior to EVERY round and in the presence of the judge(s), a coin is tossed by one team and called by the other team. The team that wins the flip may choose one of two options: EITHER the SIDE of the topic they wish to defend (pro or con) OR the SPEAKING POSITION they wish to have (begin the debate or end the debate). The remaining option (SIDE OR SPEAKING POSITION) is the choice of the team that loses the flip. Once speaking positions and sides has been determined, the debate begins (the con team may lead, depending on the coin flip results).

  • First Speaker Team A 4 Minutes
  • First Speaker Team B 4 Minutes
  • Crossfire (first question by speaker A1) 3 Minutes
  • Second Speaker Team A 4 Minutes
  • Second Speaker Team B 4 Minutes
  • Crossfire (first question by A2) 3 Minutes
  • Summary First Speaker Team A 2 Minutes
  • Summary First Speaker Team B 2 Minutes
  • Grand Crossfire 3 Minutes
  • Final Focus Second Speaker Team A 2 Minutes
  • Final Focus Second Speaker Team B 2 Minutes
  • Prep Time 2 Minutes per team
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