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February 2021



Dear Forensics Coach,


The University of Alabama Forensic Council will host the Hall of Fame High School Forensics Tournament on February 20 and 21, 2021. This year, we will host our tournament Asynchronously, with preliminary rounds taking place Saturday, February 20th, and Outrounds (if necessary) and Final Rounds taking place Sunday, February 21st. We are confident that the tournament will provide an excellent competitive and educational experience for your students. In the past, the competition has been of the highest caliber. With your school in attendance, we can continue to offer the best in competition.


The tournament offers:


  • Flight A Individual Events: Duo Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, After Dinner Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking
  • Flight B Individual Events: Poetry Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking, Program Oral Interp, and Informative Speaking



In the following pages you will find tournament information for all forensic events, entry submission, and an explanation for how the asynchronous tournament will function. We greatly appreciate each of you for the time and energy you have poured into adapting to the changes this tournament season necessitates. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us. See you soon!




Ben Pyle                                                    Cory Paul Harrison                                                Sim Butler

Director                                                      Assistant Director                                                  Executive Director

Alabama Forensic Council                         Alabama Forensic Council                                    Alabama Forensics                                                  




All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, February 18th. NO ENTRIES WILL BE TAKEN AFTER THIS TIME.

Entries will be handled at SpeechWire.com


All students and judges will need activated Speechwire accounts prior to tournament registration.




A school may enter an unlimited number of entries per event.

Group A:

Prose Interp: Contestants will present a reading from published prose material. Students may present one selection or a group of selections on a unified theme. The maximum time limit is 10 minutes. A manuscript must be used.

Duo Interp: Two contestants present a cutting from a published play, humorous or serious, involving two or more characters. This material may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio. This is not an acting event. Thus, no costumes, props, lighting, etcetera are to be used. A manuscript must be used. The maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Dramatic Interp: Selections must be cuttings from published plays only. The selection must have one or more characters. A manuscript must be used. This is an interpretation event, not an acting event. The maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

After Dinner Speaking: Contestants will present an original speech that is humorous in nature and related to one central theme. This is a speech, not a comedy routine. The same principles for good speechmaking should be applied. Humor should be in good taste and presentation should be from memory. The maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Impromptu Speaking: Contestants will present an impromptu speech, serious in nature, with topic selections varied by round and by section. Topics will be of a proverb nature. Speakers will have a total of 7 minutes for both preparation and speaking. Time commences with the acceptance of the quotation. Limited note card use is permitted.


Group B:

Extemporaneous Speaking: In each round the contestant will draw three topics and select one to speak on. The contestant will have 30 minutes to prepare a 4-7 minute speech. The topics will be based on current events (national and international) since November 1, 2018. Limited note card use is acceptable.

Poetry Interpretation: Contestants will present material from a published source of poetry. Students may present one poem or a group of selections on a unified theme. The maximum time limit is 10 minutes. A manuscript must be used.

Original Oratory: Contestants should discuss a topic of interest to his or her audience. The oratory should be intelligent, original, and interesting. Although orations may deal with a specific problem and propose a solution, this is not the only acceptable form of oratory. The speech need not offer a solution. Presentation should be from memory. The maximum time limit is 10 minutes. Humorous Interpretation: Contestants will present a cutting from published humorous material (play or prose). A manuscript must be used. The maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

Informative Speaking: Students deliver a self-written, ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Limited in their ability to quote words directly, Informative Speaking competitors craft a speech using evidence, logic, and optional visual aids. All topics must be informative in nature; the goal is to educate, not to advocate. The speech is delivered from memory.

Program Oral Interpretation: Using a combination of Prose, Poetry and Drama, students construct a program up to ten minutes in length using at least two out of the three genres. With a spotlight on argumentation and performative range, Program Oral Interpretation focuses on a student’s ability to combine multiple genres of literature centered around a single theme. Competitors are expected to portray multiple characters. No props or costumes may be used except for the manuscript. Performances also include an introduction written by the student to contextualize the performance and state the titles and authors used in the program.



Each Individual Event Slot: $10.00.


Make all checks for the Hall of Fame Asynchronous High School Tournament to: The University of Alabama


Please send your checks to:


Carol Duncan

Communication Studies Dept.

Reese Phifer Hall Room 203

Box #870172

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401





DEADLINES: All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. CST Thursday, February 18th. Considering the asynchronous format, we do not anticipate drops or changes, as the complete video will be registered by Thursday at 5:00 p.m. CST.


Competitors will provide videos of their performances which will then be judged asynchronously. Students should record their video, then upload it to their own private (or a team) YouTube channel. Once uploaded, students can adjust the video setting to “unlisted,” making the video unsearchable, but still viewable to anyone with the URL.


For students’ safety and competition equity, please follow the standards outlined below:

  • Students are only allowed use of one microphone and one speaker.
  • Duo partners are not allowed to perform in the same room for filming.
  • Physically present audiences (aside from the camera operator) are not allowed.


When registering for the tournament, Speechwire will provide a space to enter a student name, event, and the URL for their video.


The tournament will provide links for judging rounds to judges with their dance cards / e-ballots. We will also provide these links to other competitors in the round. Due to privacy concerns, only judges and students participating in a specific round will have access to video links for that round. Please, do not share these links with others out of respect for the performers’ privacy.


The same video will be used for all rounds: 2 preliminary rounds, outrounds (if necessary) and finals.


Note: Competitor videos only need to be set on “unlisted” for the duration of the tournament. After the tournament is over, competitors can adjust their video setting to “private” ensuring the link will no longer provide access to the video.


Preliminary rounds will be judged on Saturday. Outrounds (if necessary) and Final rounds will be judged on Sunday.


An awards ceremony will stream after final round tabulation on Sunday, February 21st. Time: TBD.


Limited Preparation Instructions:


All LP prompts will be released on Noon CST Monday, February 15th. Videos must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, February 18th.



One judge must be provided for every six entries in IE. Judging fees for uncovered entries are: $15.00.


Once we have all entries/videos registered, we will create the tournament Thursday evening. All judges should expect their dance cards (links to e-ballots) by Friday, February 19th at Noon CST. Judges are expected to watch their rounds, provide feedback and rankings. We would like for e-ballots to be returned as soon as possible. However, judges will have until Saturday at 5:00 p.m. to complete judging their assigned preliminary rounds.


Saturday evening, judges will receive their Outround and/or Final Round Dance cards. While we would prefer e-ballots returned as soon as possible, Final Round results must be returned by Sunday at 5:00 p.m.



Awards will be given to the top six finalists in each individual event. A special Outstanding I.E. Speaker Award will be given to the i.e. participant competing in four events. Awards will be given for all elimination rounds of debate held. Sweepstakes awards for individual events will be given.




Manager contact information

Ben Pyle
Email address: bspyle@ua.edu
Phone number: 2053488077

Mailing address

Box 870172
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

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