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Minneapple Speech Tournament

Saturday, February 5th, 2022

Sponsored by the Apple Valley High School Speech & Debate Team, Parent Boosters, American Legion Post 1776 





TOURNAMENT DATE: Saturday, February 5th, 2022

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 2nd by 6:00 PM. After this date and time, drops will be allowed but NOT refunded.

LOCATIONS: All NOVICE events will be held at Valley Middle School. All VARSITY events will be held at Apple Valley High School. (This is a change from year's past when our second site used to be Falcon Ridge Middle School.) Our tournament allows only double or triple entries in events held at the same site. We are working to schedule Discussion rounds to begin 15 minutes early to allow those students to double enter if they would like. 

JUDGES:  You must provide one (1)  judge per six (6) entries in the BUILDING your competitors are entered.  For example, if you have 6 entries at Valley Middle and 4 entries at AVHS, you will need one judge dedicated to each building.  WHEN REGISTERING, CAREFULLY REGISTER YOUR JUDGES FOR THE CORRECT BUILDING'S ENTRIES.  THE WEBSITE IS SET-UP TO FACILITATE THIS.  IN ADVANCE OF THE TOURNAMENT, PLEASE BE SURE TO TELL YOUR JUDGES TO REPORT TO THE BUILDING YOU SELECTED ACCORDING TO YOUR ENTRY.  We will be using online ballots again this year, so please make sure your judges have devices and accounts setup prior to the tournament.

We have a limited number of judges available for hire for a fee of $100.00.  Please email daniel.hodges@district196.org if you are in need of a hired judge, and we will try to accommodate your request.  

VARSITY means the competitors are in their second, third, fourth year of the activity. NOVICE means first year competitors in the activity (not a particular category).

FEES: All entries except Duo are $7. Duo entries will cost $14. There is a flat school registration fee of $25.00 used to facilitate being in two buildings and the shuttle buses provided.  Please make checks payable to Apple Valley AVHS Speech and Debate Alumni Association. Fees are final as of 6:00pm Wednesday, February 2nd.   After that time, new adds will not be allowed and drops will not lower your total registration fee.

Please make checks payable to:

AVHS Speech and Debate Alumni Association

c/o Michelle Keohane

400 S 4th St. Ste 410

PMB 51858

Minneapolis, MN 55415

If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact daniel.hodges@district196.org

A fee of $100.00 per uncovered judge on the day of the tournament will be assessed and must be paid the day of the tournament.

CHANGES:  If you need to make changes to your registration, please make them directly on Speech Wire until the website is closed down.  Please update your changes before making your way to school on the morning of the tournament.  As we are doing the schedule on-site, it would help to know of changes sooner versus later.  



CATEGORY RULES AND TIME LIMITS: We will honor both MSHSL and NSDA rules.  All thirteen MSHSL speech events will be offered, as well as Program Oral Interpretation (POI) in the Varsity division only! For a copy of MSHSL rules, go to the MSHSL website at www.mshsl.org.  As an FYI to out-state schools, at MN invitationals competitors do not need to provide copies of material for verification--while it is stated in the rules, this is only done at the section and state tournament level.

All NSDA events will follow NSDA rules. Please visit the NSDA website at www.speechanddebate.org for rules.  Because we are a NIETOC bid tournament, students in both Prose and Drama will receive bids, per the updated qualification rules. Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking finals will include cross-examination.  If you have questions about events, please contact us.

NIETOC: As mentioned above, we are a NIETOC bid tournament site. Students competing in Drama, Prose, Duo, Extemporaneous, Humorous, Informative, Original Oratory, and POI have the ability to earn a bid that will get them one step closer to competing at the NIETOC Tournament in Houston, Texas, from May 12th-15th, 2022. For more information visit their official website

Tournament of Champions in Extemp Speaking:  We are also a qualifying tournament for the Tournament of Champions in Extemp Speaking sponsored by Northwestern University.  To get a bid, students must place in the top three in the tournament.  Find out more about the tournament here

ENTRIES: We have no limits on entries per team, but will go to a waitlist once individual events are capped. We will allow double entering for both varsity and novice. Students entered in a draw event may only double enter in a non-draw event; You may not double enter in two draw events and draw event students cannot triple enter.  Students in Discussion can be double entered when there second event is NOT a draw event.  

Only experienced varsity competitors may triple enter and in non-draw events only. Please use caution when triple entering any varsity student. It is important that we stay on schedule.

DRAW EVENTS: All draw events will have thirty-minute preparation times.

Extemporaneous Reading Prose: Students will draw from 1-16.

Extemporaneous Reading Poetry: Students will draw from poems 1-20.

Storytelling will draw from the MSHSL list of stories 1-10. Students in varsity and novice will draw for all three preliminary rounds and finals.  Students cannot repeat a story/draw from their preliminary rounds in finals.

Discussion: The Discussion tasks will be taken from Section I of the MSHSL outline of this year's topic. Tasks will not be posted in advance of the tournament.  The discussion outline is available at the MSHSL website.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: There will be three preliminary rounds and a final round for Novice competitors. There will be three preliminary rounds - semi-finals and finals in the Varsity division! We will also hold merit/consolation finals concurrent with the semi-final rounds in Varisty NIETOC events where entry numbers require it. 

FINALS:  Students in the Varsity division will have the opportunity to advance to semi-finals finals after the first three preliminary rounds. The top six overall speakers will advance to a championship final round. The Novice division will not have semi-finals. Novice final rounds will take place during the Varsity semi-final rounds.

AWARDS: Our signature marble apples and ribbons will be awarded to selected finalists and semi-finalists in all events. Team sweepstakes will be based on combined final round rankings in novice and varsity divisions.  Five large-entry and one small-entry team sweepstakes will be awarded.

CONCESSIONS: Some basic concessions will be available throughout the day.  We plan to sell sandwiches for lunch with cookies, chips and soda.  We will not be selling water this year.  Please bring your own bottle from home to fill at our fountains. 

SATURDAY CHECK-IN: Saturday check-in will occur at the respective schools. Check-in for Varsity will be at Apple Valley High School from 7:00-7:45 am on Saturday morning, while check-in for Novice will be from 7:00-7:45 am on Saturday morning at Valley Middle School.  Please check the schedule page for more information on each location.


GOLDEN APPLE AWARD: The Golden Apple Award recognizes the outstanding achievement and dedication of an individual in the speech community. This may include a head coach, assistant coach, judge, tab room worker, friend of the speech community, etc. Introduced in 2009, the Speech Golden Apple Award is designed to parallel the Debate Golden Award, which is given out at the Minneapple Debate Tournament in November. The Golden Apple will be awarded at the Minneapple Speech Tournament Awards Ceremony.


2009: Todd Hering, Eastview High School

2010: Dr. Polly Reikowski, Eagan High School

2011: Karmin Schraw, St. Cloud Tech High School

2012: Cliff Janke, Fairmont High School

2013:  Rebecca Meyer-Larson, Moorhead High School

2014: Scott Sieling, Jefferson High School

2015: Jen Baese, Lakeville North

2016: Sal Tinajero, Fullerton Union High School, California

2017: Lois Gorne, Federal Way, Washington

2018: Joni Anker, Eagan High School

2019: Jennifer Jerome, Millard West High School, Nebraska

2020: Ryan Rossen, Eastview High School

2021: Travis Rother, Chanhassen High School




Dan Hodges, Director of Speech

E-mail: daniel.hodges@district196.org

Phone: (314) 680-7093

School: (952) 431-8200

Please note which events are at Apple Valley High School and which events are at Valley Middle School.  All awards will be held at Apple Valley High School.


Manager contact information

Daniel Hodges
Email address: daniel.hodges@district196.org
Phone number: 314.680.7093

Mailing address

14450 Hayes Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124

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