Speech & Debate Event Descriptions

Debate
Open/Senior Division:
Open to all students.

Junior Division:
Open to any student who has earned eight or fewer collegiate awards. In CEDA Debate, junior division is for students who have not won more than five quarterfinalist or higher trophies in college debate or high school Tournament of Champions qualifier tournaments in LD or policy debat

Novice Division:
Open to any student who has earned three or fewer awards in collegiate competitions and who has competed in no more than two semesters of competition at the high school and or college level.

Individual Events
Impromptu Speaking:
Topics will be of a proverb nature. Seven minutes is allowed for both preparation and speaking. Limited notes are permitted.

Informative Speaking:
An original, factual speech should be presented. Audio/visual aids may or may not be used. Multiple sources should be used and cited. Minimal notes permitted. 10 minutes

Prose Interpretation:
A selection or selections of prose material of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source. Play cuttings and poetry are prohibited. Use of manuscript required. 10 minutes

Duo Interpretation:
A cutting from a play or plays of literary merit, humorous or serious, involving the portrayal of two or more characters presented by two individuals. Material may be drawn from stage, screen or radio. Costumes, props, lighting, etc. are prohibited. Presentation should be drawn from manuscript and the focus should be off-stage and not on each other. 10 minutes

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Contestants are given three topics in the general area of current events and thirty minutes to prepare. Limited notes permitted. Students will speak in the listed order. Posting of topics will be staggered. 7 minutes

Persuasive Speaking:
An original speech designed to inspire, reinforce or change beliefs, attitudes, values or actions of the audience. Audiovisuals may or may not be used. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. 10 minutes

Program Oral Interpretation:
A program of thematically linked selections of literary merit, chosen from two or three recognized genres of competitive interpretation (prose, poetry/drama). A substantial portion of the total time must be devoted to each of the genres used in the program. Different genres means the material must appear in separate pieces of literature. (For example, a poem included in the short story that appears only in the short story does not constitute a second genre.) Only one selection may be original. Use of manuscript is required. 10 minutes

After Dinner Speaking:
Original, humorous speech designed to exhibit sound speech composition, thematic coherence, direct communicative public speaking skills, and good taste. The speech should not resemble a nightclub act, an impersonation, or comic dialogue. Audiovisuals may or may not be used. Minimal notes are permitted. 10 minutes

Communication Analysis:
An original speech by the student designed to offer an explanation and or evaluation of a communication event such as a speech, speaker, movement, poem, poster, film, campaign, etc. through the use of rhetorical principles. Audiovisuals may or may not be used. Manuscripts are permitted. 10 minutes

Drama Interpretation:
A cutting which represents one or more characters from a play or plays of literary merit. This material may be drawn from stage, screen or radio. Manuscript is required. 10 minutes (AFA has passed a rule that will allow manuscripts to be optional in this event at a future national tournament.

Poetry Interpretation:
A selection or selections of poetry of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than on source. Play cuttings are prohibited. Use of manuscript required. 10 minutes