Speech and Debate Contests
We will offer the following events: LD debate, Informative and Persuasive Extemp, Prose, and Poetry. There are no novice divisions.
There are unlimited entries in all events except LD. LD is limited to 6 entries per school. We will close entries when we reach room capacity. Students may enter as many events as they choose EXCEPT they may only enter one extemp. We will NOT hold any rounds for students who are late, regardless of cross entry. Cross enter at your own risk! (We MAY open the wait list after registration closes, depending on our confirmed judges).
Schools will be expected to either bring a QUALIFIED judge to the contest or pay a $150 judging fee in order to allow for AMCHS to hire a contract judge.All money is used to hire quality judges to ensure quality ballots
School judges must be present FIFTEEN minutes prior to each round (unless they are currently judging) in order to ensure that the tournament runs on time. If a school judge is not present for judge call- they will have to pay a judge fee of $150 in order to cover judging for their absence.
Event Rules and Descriptions
Prose and Poetry – UIL rules will apply. Documentation will be checked IF a challenge occurs. The category for Prelims will be Category A, Semis (If needed) will be Category B. Finals will be readers choice, unless there are no semi-finals, and then it will be Cat B.
LD Debate – the current UIL topic will be used. Please see the UIL website to get the current topic. Prelims will be flighted. Rounds 1, 2 are pre-set. Round 3 is power matched. LD break level will be announced once final numbers are in.
Speech students who are not in the room 15 minutes after the posted start time WILL be disqualified. With so many moving parts, we have to keep the tournament on schedule.
We will give awards for 1-6th place. Sweepstakes will be awarded to the top 2 schools. Awards will be presented as events are completed. Awards will not be mailed to schools that leave before they are announced.
Please expect your school to be billed for the fees should you violate the deadlines for dropping students. We will not charge for substitutions as long as the original number of people entered does not change in the event.
ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 4:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020.
Once your school is entered, you are obligated for all fees. Drops made after 4:00 pm
on Friday, February 14, 2020, will result in loss of entry fee.
Speech no-shows and drops made on the day of the contest will result in your school being billed double the entry fee.
Speech Sweepstakes Points
1st – 15
2nd – 12
3rd – 10
4th – 10th – 5
1st – 25
2nd – 20
Semis – 10
Quarters – 8
Octos – 5
Double Octos - 5