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Dear Coach and Team:

 

The Neosho Speech and Debate Squad would like to invite you and your students to compete at the 71st annual Neosho Classic Speech and Debate Tournament.  The tournament will be held February 22-27, 2021 and will occur virtually.  We will be using Speechwire as our tournament management system. 

 

Our tournament events will include:  Championship Policy Debate, Championship Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Championship Public Forum Debate, Foreign and United States Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Informative, Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and Program of Oral Interpretation.  Debate events will be held online and live while the individual events will be judged based on video submissions (duo interpretation must be recorded split-screen).

 

The entry deadline is Tuesday, February 16, 2021 and video submissions must be made by Thursday, February 18 by 4 pm.  We encourage you to enter early.  For the past few years, we have had to turn away schools because we fill up fast.

 

Schools will be financially responsible for their entries on February 16.  If you need clarification, please contact David at watkinsdavid@neoshosd.org or call him at (417) 592-1802.

 

We look forward to hosting you and your students in February.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dave Watkins

Meg Saffer

 

Neosho Virtual Tournament Time Schedule

 

Monday, February 22:

Round 1 of Individual Events will be judged

 

Tuesday, February 23:

Round 2 of Individual Events will be judged

 

Wednesday, February 24:

Semifinals of Individual Events will be judged

 

Thursday, February 25:

Finals of Individual Events will be judged

 

Friday, February 26:

4-6 pm-Round 1 of Debate

 

6:30-8 pm-Round 2 of Debate

 

Saturday, February 27:

8:30-10:30 am-Round 3 of Debate

 

10:30 am-12:30 pm-Round 4 of Debate

 

1:15 pm-Quarters of Debate

 

2:15 pm-Semifinals of LD and PF Debate

 

3:15 pm-Semifinals of Policy Debate and Finals of LD and PF Debate

 

5:15 pm-Finals of Policy Debate









 

RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

General Rules:

 

  1.  A student may enter two individual events and debate,  Debaters may not enter more than one form of debate.  Extempers may not enter both foreign and U.S. extemp.

 

  1.  Coaches may be used as judges.  Failure to meet judging assignments will result in forfeiture of your best entry for that round.

 

  1.  Selections performed in the interp events should be in good taste.  Material that is suggestive, risque, and obscene, or that contains coarse, vulgar, or obscene language may be penalized by the judge. 

 

  1.  Schools are financially responsible for entries on or after the deadline.

 

  1.  Any disputes not covered above will be covered by MSHSAA and NSDA rules or decided by Mr. Watkins and Mrs. Saffer.

 

Virtual Tournament Procedures:

 

  1.  Register and activate all tournament participants in Speechwire.

 

  1.  Video Uploads:  Please have your students upload their performances by Thursday, Feb. 18.

 

  1.  Submitted competition videos should be “one take” with no editing or post-production and should follow all other MSHSAA Async Recording Guidelines.

 

  1.  Please have all participants use Google Chrome as per NSDA Campus guidance.

 

  1.  Due to equity concerns, duo interpretation must be split screen.

 

  1.  We will follow the MSHSAA adopted revisions for virtual competition.

 

Extemp Procedures:

 

  1.  We are requesting students to record one speech.

 

  1.  Please submit a link for the prelim video.  See below about how to draw, prep, and practice must be done.

 

  1.  Extemp questions will be sent out to entering schools on Friday, February 12.

 

  1.  Students must draw, prep, and practice the speech on video, which will be submitted into Google Drive. Students will then deliver their speech on another video and submit only the videoed speech link to Speechwire. 

 

Individual Events Regulations:

 

  1.  U.S. and International Extemp:  Topics will be current events on national and international issues.  No notes are allowed during the speech.  Schools will be given three questions.  Each school will receive a different set of questions.  See above for draw, prep, and practice procedure video explanation.

 

  1.  Original Oratory:  The speech must be written by the student.  It must be memorized.  No more than 150 words may be directly quoted.  Time:  10 minutes

 

  1.  Humorous and Dramatic Interp:  Selection must be memorized and possess literary merit.  It must come from a published source.  An introduction must be provided.  Each selection must be true to the author’s intent allowing no possibility for distortion of the text.  Time:  10 minutes

 

  1.  Duo Interp:   Selection must be memorized and possess literary merit.   It must come from a published source.  An introduction must be provided.  Each selection must be true to the author’s intent allowing no possibility for distortion of the text. Two performers will present the scene without make-up, props, or costumes.  Off-stage focus for duo.  Time limit:  10 minutes

 

  1.  Informative Speaking: The speech must be written by the student and inform the judge about a specific subject. Visual aids may be used, however they must be non-electronic.  It must be memorized.  No more than 150 words may be directly quoted.  Time:  10 minutes

 

  1. Program of Oral Interpretation:  Two of three genres of literature must be used in the program (poetry/prose/drama).  No props, stage make-up, or costumes may be used except for the controlled manuscript.  Time:  10 minutes

 

Debate Regulations:

 

Policy Debate:

 

  1.  Time limit:  8-3-5.  Prep time:  8 minutes per team based on MSHSAA Rules for Virtual Competition.

 

  1.  All teams must remain constant in personnel throughout the tournament.  There will be no one person teams.

 

  1.  The resolution for policy debate will be the NSDA national topic.

 

  1.  A team more than 10 minutes late to a round may forfeit unless it is the fault of the tournament.

 

  1. At the end of preliminary rounds, the eight top policy teams will advance to quarterfinals.  Win/loss record, speaker points, opposition loss, and opposition record will

be used to break any ties.

 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate:

 

  1.  The rounds will be run at the same time as policy debate, so two LD flights will be held during one policy debate round.  Check schedules carefully.

 

  1. The topic will be:  “Resolved:  States ought to ban lethal autonomous weapons.”

 

  1. At the end of the preliminary rounds, the top eight LDers will advance to quarterfinals.  Win/loss record, opposition loss, opposition record, and speaker points will be used to break any ties.  

 

  1.  Time limit:  6-3-7-3-4-6-3.  Prep time:  5 minutes per MSHSAA Virtual Tournament Guidelines

 

  1.  A debater more than 10 minutes late to a round may forfeit unless it is the fault of the tournament.


 

Public Forum Debate:

 

  1. We are going to try to single flight all PF rounds.  However, if we are short judges, we will double flight PF.

 

  1.  The Public Forum topic will be the February NSDA topic.

 

  1.  All teams must remain constant in personnel throughout the tournament.  There will be no one person teams.

 

  1.  A team more than 10 minutes late to a round may forfeit unless it is the fault of the tournament.

 

  1. At the end of preliminary rounds, the eight top public forum teams will advance to quarterfinals.  Win/loss record, speaker points, opposition loss, and opposition record will

be used to break any ties.

 

  1.  Time limit:  4-4-3-4-4-3-3-3-3-2-2.  Prep time:  4 minutes prep per team based on MSHSAA Virtual Tournament rules.

 

Sweepstakes (best two entries):

Sweepstakes points in debate will be awarded as follows:

 Debate win                                                  5 points

Qualifying for quarterfinals                       15 points

 Sweepstakes points for individual events shall be awarded as follows:

 Semifinals                                                  5 points

Finals                                                          10 points

Third place                                                 10 points

Second place                                               15 points

First place                                                   20 points   

 

 

Manager contact information

David Watkins
Email address: watkinsdavid@neoshosd.org
Phone number: 4175921802

Mailing address

511 S Neosho Blvd
Neosho, MO 64850-2049

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