2017 West Hardin Teaching Tournament
Dates: 10/14/2017

Dear Speech Coaches: 

Please come join us for a relaxed day in the country, and for a day designed to get your competitors excited about a new season. West Hardin High School would like to invite you to a speech tournament/clinic to be held on Saturday, October 14th at our school located in Saratoga, Texas. In order to help new debaters, we have designed the day to ease them into debate. We also have events to help your speech competitors ease into their events.

DEBATE: The day will be designed to give your novice debaters the best beginning possible and –at the same time— the maximum number of practice rounds possible.  Before debate begins, there will be a clinic where they will be given an introduction to debate, cases that they need to debate and some basic negative positions to run. We will be debating the UIL LD topic and the CX topic.

EXTEMP: Extemp will be divided into novice (first year competitors) and varsity if there are sufficient entries. 

INTERP: We will also offering interp events.  Students may compete a prose piece, a poetry piece, a duo interp piece, a humorous interp piece, a POI or a dramatic interp piece. This will be judged by panels so students can get maximum feedback!  If there are few entries, these events may be combined. HI, DI, POI, and DUO will follow NSDA rules. Prose and Poetry will follow UIL rules, but performers only need to have one category prepared.  Please have your students prepare the a documentation sheet to give to the judges and bring documentation for the one piece they are performing.

IMPROMPTU: Students will have three minutes prep time and five minutes speaking time. They will draw three topics.

STORYTELLING: Students read/perform a children’s book that is no longer than five minutes.  Performers may choose to sit or stand to read/perform. Pieces should be appropriate for an audience of children as children will judge the final round.

 Other than that, all UIL rules will be followed for both LD and CX with the exception of oral critiques for all and judge guidance for new debaters.




There will be a concession for those who need snacks and/or lunch.


125.00 per missing judge-we need one judge per 4 LD debaters and /or one judge per two CX teams. Other judges will be provided as part of your fees.  Judges listed in your school’s entries will be required to judge debate.  Please insure that each one is able to judge debate.  


VCX  - $30
NCX, NLD - $25
VLD - $20
IMP, STY - $5.00
Duo - $15
All other IE's - $10

Payments will be required UNLESS the tournament is cancelled by West Hardin.    Deadline for registration is October 5th and for free drops the deadline is October 8th.  After that, you will be charged drop fees to cover judging and administrative costs. Please make drops as soon as possible to minimize costs to both you and the tournament. On the morning of the tournament, EMAIL drops to smpeek@westhardin.org so that early round confusion may be avoided.


We are located in the Big Thicket area of East Texas at the intersection of 770 and 105.  It is a VERY rural area, and most map programs WILL NOT get you to the right place.  Please feel free to call or email  for further directions should you need them. 

Our physical and mailing address is: 

West Hardin High School 
39227 Hwy 105 
Saratoga TX 77585

 To give you an idea of where we are: We are located ten minutes from Moss Hill, twenty minutes from Sour Lake, forty minutes from Beaumont and ninety minutes from Houston.

AFTER OCTOBER  8th we will be closing registration.  After that date please email me to see if we have room.

 Judging fees will be adjusted to reflect information on this page.

smpeek@westhardin.org  IF CLARIFICATION IS NEEDED. 










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