QUALIFYING RULES FOR STATE TOURNAMENT
WHERE CAN I QUALIFY?
*** Any tournament during the regular season sponsored by MHSAA.***
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. Auto-Qualification in partner events must remain with the same partner. If a student chooses to switch partners, they must re-qualify to the state championship tournament the following year.
2. Students who place first in an event at an MHSAA-recognized tournament will automatically qualify in that specific event for the MHSAA State Championship Tournament This rule applies to Novice Platform Events as well.
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. Students in novice events may receive a qualification leg in finals, but will not receive one for placing in semifinals (7th - 12th place).
4. Students do not have to use the same cutting of a literary work 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.
5. In the partnered events (Duo Interpretation, Duet Acting), partners must qualify together. If a student changes partners, the new partnership must re-qualify.
6. 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.
1. In two-person debate events, partners must qualify as a team. Competitors automatically qualify by placing in finals or semifinals at an MHSAA-sanctioned event.
2. Lincoln-Douglas Debaters automatically qualify by placing in finals or semifinals at an MHSAA-sanctioned event.
3. Policy teams or Public Forum Debate teams that reach or are named to quarterfinals at an MHSAA-recognized tournament twice will qualify the team for the MHSAA State Championship Tournament.
4. Lincoln-Douglas Debaters who reach or are named to quarterfinals at an MHSAA-recognized tournament twice will qualify for the MHSAA State Championship Tournament.
5. 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. A student may enter Congress in addition to Public Forum, Policy, or Lincoln-Douglas.
6. 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.