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Team Handbook


Mission Statement:

The mission of the Bowling Green High School Speech & Debate Team (S&D) is to provide an opportunity to demonstrate excellence, to excel in competition of the intellect, and to extend the academic atmosphere. This team is a part of the Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL), the Kentucky Educational Speech and Debate Association (KESDA), the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA), and the National Catholic Forensics League (NCFL).


Mondays 3:15- 4:15--Team Time--all team members are expected to attend.  This is time for us to go over announcements and to have a team teaching time by the head coach.

Mondays 4:15-5:15--Individual or small group practice time with a coach.

Practices will be held four days a week at Bowling Green High School and will begin promptly at 3:15pm. Students are required to attend at least one practice a week and three practices a week during major tournaments. A coach will meet will students during each practice session. Students who are unable to meet during regular practice times must schedule an appropriate time with the head coach.

If a practice must be missed, the head coach must be notified before practice starts in order for the absence to be excused. Any absences must be made up.

While at practice, school rules still apply. Students are not to be tardy, not to disrupt other school events occurring at the same time, and they are not to interfere with the productivity of the practice.

Students receive points for practices. The points and practices will be tallied toward the speech season and will be used to designate awards during the year-end ceremony.


Parents and paraprofessionals are allowed to coach students. Any paraprofessional who works with students must complete and pass a background check through Bowling Green Independent School District before they begin working with any students without the student’s parents or the head coach present.

Coaches’ duties are to do the following:

Assist students with the selection of pieces

Serve as judges at tournaments

Provide positive and constructive feedback to students on their performances during practices

Keep track of student practice times and points on a shared spreadsheet

Help run tournaments that the BGHS S&D Team hosts (i.e. tabulation room, hosting, and other logistics.)


Coaches, parents, and volunteers are allowed to be judges during tournaments. All judges must be available for training(s).

Dues & Fees

Students are required to pay $40 dues yearly. The amount is due the last week in September. Students who may be unable to come up with the full amount of dues by the last week in September need to contact the head coach as soon as possible.

If students use speech team materials and lose or destroy them, they will be charged for the replacement of the item.

Team Membership:

Students audition for the S&D Team each year. Auditions determine which events student will be placed in initially.


Students can select their own audition pieces or they can select from pieces provided by the head coach. During tryouts students will be asked 2 current events questions and will read a short news piece aloud.

Auditions will be the way in which coaches decide event placement of the students. This decision will also be assisted when referencing the student survey sheet the students complete and turn in during auditions.


In order to be a team member, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.  If a student’s grade drops below a D in any class, the students will be put on probation until the grade is acceptable. If the grade has not improved by the time report cards are released, the student may be dismissed from the team. Grade reports will be run once a month.

Parent Committees:

  1. Publicity Committee – This committee is responsible for presenting a unified, professional, and positive image for the S&D Team. The members of the committee are:
  • Social Media – This person is in charge of updating social media in regard to tournament information, team announcements, and congratulatory posts regarding students. Make sure that students have signed a media release before posting any images of S&D students. All posts must be professional.
  • Print Media – This person is in charge of creating and distributing flyers, placing approved advertisements in media outlets, and writing up any press releases needed.
  • Media – This person is in charge of scheduling and filling any television and radio spots.
  • Publicity Chair – The publicity chair ensures that all media is unified and correct (in grammar, syntax, and content.)
  1. Finance Committee – This committee is in charge of generating and tracking funds to be used for the advancement of the students in the S&D Team.
  • Fundraising – These persons are in charge of organizing and executing fundraising activities. All fundraising must be approved by the head coach, principal, and school bookkeeper. The head of this committee must make sure that all of the proper paperwork is completed. Money from fundraisers must go directly to the bookkeeper and the totals must be given to the treasurer and head coach.
  • Treasurer – The treasurer will report to Ms. Croney. With the assistance of Ms. Imel and Ms. Croney, the treasurer will keep a running balance of the speech team accounts.
  • Grant Writer and Donations- This person will look for donations of resources (i.e. food, timers, gifts for giveaways, sponsors for events, etc.).
  1. Banquet Committee – The Banquet Committee will organize the end-of-the-year banquet. The budget will be given to the banquet committee two months before the time of the banquet.


All school rules apply going to, coming from, and during tournaments. Should a student violate school policy, the student will leave the tournament a pay any drop fees

Dress Code

1)    The dress code is imperative to establish that professional attitude – THINK LAWYER!!!  Colors should not be loud or distracting, as the focus should be on your performance, and not your clothes.

2)    No tattoos or visible body piercings are allowed.

3)    Specifics for Attire –

Boys: A suit or dress pants and sports jackets are required, along with dress shirt, tie, socks and shoes.  No loud ties or multi colors – no distracting patterns. Hair must be neatly groomed and not hanging in the face.  NO WHITE SOCKS with dress shoes!!  Clothing must fit properly, with no bagginess or hanging pants off the waist, sleeves hanging lower than the wrists, or dragging cuffs on pants.  Shirts must be tucked in at all times, and ties must be worn and conservative in nature and the proper length.

Girls: A suit with a skirt/dress slacks must be worn along with complimentary shirt, shoes, and hose.  Shoes must be sensible with no chunky heels, preferably a pair of closed toe pumps with a low heel or flats are acceptable.  Clothing must fit properly, with no bagginess or hanging items or sleeves lower than the wrists, or dragging cuffs on pants.  NO SKIRTS that are above one inch above the knee, or hang lower than the top part of the calf.  Camisoles or shirts worn under suits must be tucked in at all times.  Hair is to be pinned up or a headband worn to keep hair from falling in the face.  No loud, distracting colors on suits or shirts.  No cleavage/abdomens will show with suit, even during performances.  No distracting/large/dangly jewelry permitted.  Make up is permitted, but please limit to light applications of mascara, blush, and gloss.  Proper undergarments should be worn, but not seen.

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