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This is a Elementary School tournament in California.

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Elementary Winter Classic 2021

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This document is live and will be subject to change throughout the tournament.

 

This Tournament is open to all 4-5th grade students from California Public Schools, Private Schools and Charter Schools. Students from Academies must enroll under the school they attend.  The tournament will be a hybrid tournament with asynchronous preliminary, with semi-final and final rounds being live on Zoom.

What: Speech & Debate Tournament 

When: December 6-11, 2021

Asynchronous Preliminary Rounds

Synchronous Semi-final and Final Rounds (live)

Where: Virtual - Zoom

Fees: School Tournament Fee - $30

Entry Fees - $10/per entry

Judges will be a mix of high school competitors, coaches, and adults.There will be no spectators in rounds only adults who will potentially be in rounds are tournament staff who are credentialed teachers, or district employees who have gone through district security processing measures such as background checks, and educational certification.  

Deadline: All entries must be in by November 29 without exception, all videos are due on Speechwire by December 3. Entry Drops by December 3.


 

Events:

Pattern A

Poetry 

Storytelling

Prose

 

Pattern B

Informative

Declamation

Original Oratory

Spanish Interp

 

We will provide Elementary sweepstakes medal awards for the top schools.


 

Overall Tournament Rules

  • Students will be allowed to enter a maximum two events in total regardless of the Pattern, 1 per pattern

  • If entries are below the amount needed, some rounds will go straight to finals asynchronously. The tournament director is allowed to make adjustments based on the needs of the tournament. 

  • Students must perform live in order to compete in semi-final and final rounds. Failure to compete live will result in bumps for “next-in” students

  • Students must have attempted to join the zoom room live, and contacted the tournament troubleshooting room if there are any technical issues. Clear troubleshooting steps must be shown in order for there to be a consideration of video usage in place of a live performance. Previously scheduled external events or pre-planned technical issues known early will not allow for exception. Technical difficulties must arise in the moment. 

  • Only students competing and students judging may be in the round, outside spectators will not be allowed to observe. 

  • Any student who goes over the 30 second grace period will not be allowed to finish first in that particular round.

Event Rules

  Original Oratory

The Speech is the original work of the contestant.  Any appropriate subject may be used, but the contestant must be truthful.  Non-factual references, especially personal experiences, should be identified as such.  Some direct quotation is allowed, but visual aids are not allowed. NOTE:  A solution is not required.  The maximum speaking time is 5 minutes with a 30 second grace period.  If a student speaks past the thirty minute grace period, they cannot be ranked first in the round.

Prose

1. Prose: Prose is writing which expresses ideas, experience, or emotion through the creative writing or non-fictional writing of the author's work. The cutting may consist of a single story.  Prose does not allow for multiple selections to be used in one program.

2. Selections: Original work, poetry downloaded from the internet and printed works may be used. No plays or other dramatic material is allowed. 

3. Time: The maximum time of presentation is 5 minutes with a 30-second “grace period.” If there are multiple judges in the round, all must agree that the student has gone beyond the grace period. Should a student go beyond the grace period, the student may not be ranked 1st.

4. Presentation: Performances must be from a manuscript (which should be in a black binder). Reading from a book or magazine is not permitted. The student should be memorized but must make contact with the book at least three times during the performance.  

5. The program should be structured as follows: A) Each program must start with a teaser that can range between thirty seconds to a minute in length. B)  After the teaser is complete, the student should close the binder and address the audience with their argument and theme, this is called an intro. C) Once a student addresses the audience they are to open their book and continue with the performance.  Selections can be of a humorous or serious nature. 

6.  Students are allowed to look at their book.  Students should be memorized and give the illusion of reading.  A student must look down at least once before turning a page.  It is expected that the student makes eye contact with the book throughout the performance.  Students should not simply read from the text in the binder.

Spanish Interpretation

Students will perform a selection in spanish, in any form of interpretation and literature. 

1. Time: The maximum time of presentation is 5 minutes with a 30-second “grace period.” If there are multiple judges in the round, all must agree that the student has gone beyond the grace period. Should a student go beyond the grace period, the student may not be ranked 1st.

 

 Poetry Rules

1. Poetry: Poetry is writing which expresses ideas, experiences, or emotions through the creative arrangement of words according to their sound, their rhythm, their meaning. Poetry may rely on verse and stanza form. The cutting may consist of a single work or collection of poems on a common theme. 

2. Selections: Original work, poetry downloaded from the internet, published poetry, and printed works may be used. No plays or other dramatic non poetry material is allowed. A student may not use the same source they used in Duo, Dramatic, or Humorous at any tournament.

3. Time: The maximum time of presentation is 5 minutes with a 30-second “grace period.” If there are multiple judges in the round, all must agree that the student has gone beyond the grace period. Should a student go beyond the grace period, the student may not be ranked 1st.

4. Presentation: Performances must be from a manuscript (which must be in a black binder). Reading from a book or magazine is not permitted. The student should be memorized but must make contact with the book at least three times in a performance.  Students may use one entire poem or multiple poems to reinforce the student’s theme.  Pieces may be inter-spliced, and must have page turns when moving from one poem to the other.

5. The program should be structured as follows: A) Each program must start with a teaser that can range between thirty seconds to a minute in length. B) A student can perform one poem or multiple poems in the teaser. C) After the teaser is complete, the student should close the binder and address the audience with their argument and theme, this is called an intro.  

Informative Speaking

1. This contest shall comprise an informative speech. No Visual Aids are permitted.

2. Subject: Any appropriate subject may be used, but the orator must be truthful. Any non-factual reference, especially a personal one, must be so identified. A student may not reuse the same speech topic from any competition in a previous academic year, or in Original Oratory.

3. Length: Delivery shall remain between 5 with a 30-second “grace period.” Judges are not to judge on the length of the speech but the quality of the speech and performance.  If there are multiple judges in the round, all must agree that the student has gone beyond the grace period. Should a student go beyond the grace period, the student may not be ranked 1st. There is no other prescribed penalty for going over the grace period. The ranking is up to each individual judge’s discretion. Judges who choose to time are to use accurate (stopwatch function) timing devices. 

4. Quotation: Not more than 150 words of the speech may be direct quotation from any other speech or writing.

5. Script: The coach of record at the tournament should have a complete copy of the student’s manuscript speech, should a question arise. The manuscript should identify the quoted materials and clearly state the number of quoted words.

6. Visual aids not allowed

7. The structure of the speech should be as follows: Students begin with an attention getter, better known as an introduction.  Next, the student should provide the audience with an explanation of what they will discuss.  This is also known as a sign post; for example – Today, we explore aliens in our universe.  I will first give a brief history of alien sightings, second, discuss alien abductions and finally, examine alien life forms in our oceans today.

After the sign post they move into their first point, followed by the second and the third point.  After they have performed the body of the speech they move into the review and conclusion.  All speeches are written similar to a five paragraph essay. 

Declamation

1. Length: Declamation is a 5 minute event with a 30-second “grace period.” If there are multiple judges in the round, all must agree that the student has gone beyond the grace period. Should a student go beyond the grace period, the student may not be ranked 1st. There is no other prescribed penalty for going over the grace period. The ranking is up to each individual judge’s discretion. Judges who choose to time are to use accurate (stopwatch function) timing devices. 

2. Source: The speech must have been delivered in public and available in print or internet.  (Copies from a publicly available website will also be sufficient).

3. The speaker should present an introduction that states the title, author, and date of the speech they are reciting.

Storytelling

Students select a published story that meets a designated theme. Themes range widely and may include mysteries, heroism, or fairy tales. Students select a story that would be appropriate for young children and tell the story as if presenting to that audience. This event is five minutes with a 30 second grace period.  If the student exceeds the grace period, they cannot be ranked 1st. Students may use a chair. Manuscripts are not permitted.

Schedule

Monday 

  • Entries are due

 

Wednesday 

  • Video links are due to coach

 

Friday

  • Dropped entries & Flipgrid videos are due on Speechwire

 

Monday 

  • Asynchronous Prelims

 

Thursday

  • Semi-finalist postings

 

Saturday

  • Live Pattern A&B Semi and Final Rounds


 

8:00 AM Pattern A Semi’s 

 

10:00 AM Pattern B Semi’s 

 

 1:00 PM Pattern A Finals

 

 3:00 PM Pattern A Finals

 

6:00 PM Awards

 

Manager contact information

Adriena Young
Email address: Adriena@adcominc.us
Phone number: 7147137045

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