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Annual Hersey J/V Tournament: Best in Show

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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Illinois.

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Please join us the first week of December for the Annual JV Hersey Tournament: Best in Show!


General Format 


The 3 Prelim Rounds will run asynchronously:

 The pre-recorded videos for prelims will be due Wednesday 12/1 at 8 PM.  Once I have the videos, I will release them for the judges. Prelim rounds will need to be judged and submitted by 9 AM on Saturday.


We are turning on the feature that allows students to watch other competitors’s videos within their rounds in their speechwire account.  Please encourage your students to see other performances.


There will be NO final rounds.


Awards will (most likely) run on YouTube Live and then may their name live forever in infamy on Speechwire.


General Rules
We will attempt to adhere to many of the IHSA rules.  


ENTRY :  You may enter up to three competitors in each event, but may also request extra entries.  Requests for extra entries should be added and they will be entered on the waitlist.  Requests will be accepted! Extra entries will be admitted at additional fees, and teams permitted extra entries will be expected to provide additional judges. Please limit your students to triple entries. 


JUDGES :  Each team should provide one judge for every six entries in the competition.  A full team (2 entries per event) is expected to have five judges, and teams with additional entries should bring an additional judge following the 1 judge per each 1 to 6 entries ratio.  This is absolutely necessary for the success of the tournament.


FEES : For 14 entries or less the fee is $160.  For schools with 15-28 entries the fee is $175 and beyond 28 the fee is $200.  We know the invitation went out late so we understand that checks may come a little late.


VIDEOS: Videos must be submitted via an accessible link.  The videos should beUNEDITED and filmed using basic equipment (i.e. iPad, phone). Students should think about using a basic background and test sound quality.  Judges will be instructed to focus on the speaker and ignore the set up. 


Event Specific Rules


DUETS: No students are allowed to record videos while in the same space as each other since we want to encourage students to adhere to the health safety guidelines.


RADIO : A radio prep packet will be released at 3 PM on Tuesday December 1st.  This should be used for prelim rounds.  (Videos are due at 8 PM on Wednesday 12/2).  


EXTEMP: Extemp topics will be released at 3 PM on Tuesday December 1st.  Students should select one question and record their speech using this.  (Videos are due at 8 PM on Wednesday 12/2.) Please provide 5 topics by November 30, 2020.


IMPROMPTU : 3 Impromptu topics will be released at 3 PM on Tuesday December 1st.  Students should select one question and record their speech using this prompt. Students should adhere to the 2 minute prep. To honor the judge’s time, the 2 minute prep period should not be recorded.  Instead students should start the video when they begin speaking. (Videos are due at 8 PM on Wednesday 12/2.)  


TIMING :  There will be no official penalty for time. The only exception will be in radio finals where students outside the 4:50-5:05 time window will rank last in the round.  Judges may consider it as part of the criteria for ranking.


We look forward to hosting you virtually! We hope to host a great day(s) of competition for your students.  If you have questions please reach out! I apologize in advance for flooding your email as we approach the date and adapt to these new deadlines and rules.



Amanda Ams and the Hersey Coaching Staff 


Hersey High School

1900 East Thomas Street

Arlington Heights, IL 60004



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Email address: amanda.ams@d214.org
Phone number: 847-638-9133

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