2019 MHSAA Championship Speech & Debate Championship
Dates: 5/3/2019 - 5/4/2019

 

QUALIFYING RULES FOR STATE TOURNAMENT

 

WHERE CAN I QUALIFY?

1.    Any tournament during the regular season sponsored by an MHSAA School.

2.    BCFL/JCFL Qualifying Tournaments

a.    Automatic Qualification for the event you choose to attend Nationals in.

b.    Platform Events - student placed 2nd – 14th place (semifinals) is a half qualification.

c.    Debate Events – 5th – 8th is a half qualification.

3.    NSDA Debate and Speech Qualifying Tournaments

a.    Automatic Qualification for the event in which a student chooses to attend NSDA Nationals.

b.    Half-Qualification for any other event a student places 2nd – 14th place.

 

PLATFORM EVENTS

1.    Students will automatically qualify in a specific event for the MHSAA State Championship Tournament by making finals in the previous year’s State Tournament.

2.    Students will automatically qualify in a specific event for the MHSAA State Championship Tournament who place first in that event at an MHSAA-recognized tournament.

3.    Students may qualify in a specific event who place in the finals (2nd – 6th place) and/or semifinals (7th – 12th) in that event a combination of two (2) times at a MHSAA-recognized tournament.

4.    Students may qualify in a specific event for the MHSAA State Championship Tournament who have also qualified and have been designated at the conclusion of a League’s qualifying tournament to represent either the Biloxi Catholic Forensic League or the Jackson Catholic Forensic League in that same event at the National Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National Tournament at the conclusion of the current season.

5.    Students do not have to use the same cutting of a literary work in order to qualify for the MHSAA State Championship Tournament in Interpretation events (including Declamation).  If a student changes cuttings they do not have to begin the qualifying process again when using the new piece.

6.    In the partnered events (Duo Interpretation, Duet Acting), partners must qualify together.  If a student changes partners, the new partner must re-qualify.

7.    If an individual student qualifies in more than two events in one flight, or more than one debate, that student will be given the choice of which event he/she will enter.

 

DEBATE EVENTS

1.    In two-person debate events, partners must qualify as a team.  Competitors automatically qualify by placing in finals or semifinals at a MHSAA-sanctioned event.

2.    Policy teams or Public Forum Debate teams, which reach or are named to quarterfinals at an MHSAA-recognized tournament twice will qualify the team for the MHSAA State Championship Tournament.

3.    Lincoln-Douglas Debaters who reach or are named to quarterfinals in an MHSAA-recognized tournament twice will qualify for the MHSAA State Championship Tournament.

4.    In all debate events, teams or individual debaters who have qualified and have been designated at the conclusion of a League’s qualifying tournament to represent either the BCFL or the JCFL at the National Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National Tournament will qualify for the MHSAA State Championship Tournament in their respective events.

5.    Students representing the Magnolia District at the NSDA National Championships will automatically qualify in the event in which they qualify.

6.    If an individual student qualifies in more than one debate event, he or she will be given the choice of which event he or she will enter.

7.    MHSAA-recognized tournaments for qualifying to the MHSAA State Championship Tournament in Debate are the same as those for qualifying in Platform Event.

 

Designated Wild-Card Entries

Any MHSAA Member School may have a total of five (5) entries in the MHSAA State Championship Tournament that have not been qualified according to any of the above requirements.  At the sole discretion of the school’s coach(es), the five (5) entries may be divided among as many as five (5) students or one (1) student may use all five (5) entries.  Such entries shall be designated Wild-Card Entries.

A school may earn an extra five (5) Wild Cards by competing in all three NSDA Qualifying Tournaments AND using all of the schools available NSDA entries.


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