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UIL MIDDLE SCHOOL DISTRICT TOURNAMENT 

 

Coaches and UIL Coordinators:

 

Vela Middle School is proud to host this year’s UIL District Tournament on  January 22nd.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, regulations set forth by the University Interscholastic League, and our concern for the safety of all students and staff – The formatting of our tournament is still being discussed. If it is in person, the tournament will take place at Vela Middle School. If Virtual, the tournament will take place fully on speechwire.

 

We are excited about the schedule of events, level of competition, and quality judging for this tournament. 

 

SPEECHWIRE.COM

 

http://www.speechwire.com

 

Each campus will need to create ONE Speechwire account for their school.  In the event that a campus has more than one speech coach, the username and password for the school account should be shared with each speech coach so that they can register their students in the tournament named “VELA MS UIL DISTRICT”.  This account will also be used to turn in video links. 

 

Speech coaches will need to manually enter students’ names and information as entries under Tournament registration. 

 

All entries must be registered on Speechwire between January 5th – 14th  

 

IF THE TOURNAMENT IS VIRTUAL, WE WILL BE RECORDING VIDEOS OF THE PERFORMANCES. INFORMATION BELOW:

 

VIDEO RECORDING AND UPLOADS: 

In the event that the tournament is held virtual, all coaches will be responsible for uploading recordings of their students’ performances to a YOUTUBE or ONE DRIVE account. It is essential that when uploading videos to YOUTUBE, the videos are categorized as unlisted. When uploading to one drive, the link must be viewable to everyone. The coaches will then copy and paste the link into the “Video links” page under Tournament registration for each event that a student is registered in.  

 

Note: Videos should not contain any mascot or school information. 

 

All videos (except impromptu) will be due no later than January 20th 

 

 

Competition Events and Time Limits: 

Prose- Prose reading is a 6 minute maximum event. The student must read from a binder and the literature must be prose in nature. Selections may be humorous or dramatic. No profanity is allowed.  

 

Poetry- Poetry reading is a 6 minute maximum event. The student must read from a binder and the literature must be poetry in nature. Selections may be humorous or dramatic. Selections may be a program of multiple poems or a single poem. No profanity is allowed. 

 

Spanish Poetry- Spanish Poetry reading is a 6 minute maximum event. The student must read from a binder and the literature must be poetry in nature. Selections may be humorous or dramatic. Selections may be a program of multiple poems or a single poem and the selection must be in Spanish language. No profanity is allowed. 

 

Solo Acting- Solo acting is a 10 minute maximum event. The student must perform without any props, costumes, or notes. The selection must be memorized in its entirety. Selections may be humorous or dramatic. No profanity is allowed. 

 

Modern Oratory- UIL will provide a selection of 5 topics each academic year from which the student will pick one. Contestants will deliver a three to six-minute speech on their topic without the use of notes. Contestants shall not use costumes or props in the contest. Students going over the maximum or under the minimum time limit shall be penalized one rank. No speaker may be coached or prompted in any manner during the presentation.  

 

Duet- Duet acting is a 12 minute maximum event. This event is a partnered event. Due to COVID-19, it is highly recommended for both students to have approval to work in close proximinity with their scene partner. Clear masks are suggested as we are judging them on their facials during these performances.

 

Impromptu Speaking- Impromptu speaking is an event where students will give a speech off the cusp about a topic they have randomly selected. Due to the virtual world of the competition, topics will be emailed to each school’s UIL coordinator and impromptu coach the day before videos are due (more detailed schedule is provided below). Students will have a window of 24- hours to choose from the list of topics (given to them by their coach) and record their speech.  Coaches may not assist or show the students any topics until the student is prepared to record. Over Zoom, coaches are required to record the student’s selection process, 3 minutes of prep time, and the 5-minute-maximum speech. This must be 1 continuous video and may not be edited by any means. If editing is discovered, the student will be disqualified. The same process will be done for the final round.  

 

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES 

*All entries must be registered on Speechwire between January 5th-14th  

*All videos links (except impromptu) are due on Speechwire no later than January 20th

 

We look forward to seeing you! 

 

 

Speech Tournament Host 

Julia Bender & Lynn Arsola

Vela Middle School 

 

 

Speech Tournament Director 

Christopher Esparza 

Harlingen High School 

 

Manager contact information

Christopher Esparza
Email address: christopher.esparza@hcisd.org
Phone number: 9562457193

Mailing address

801 S Palm Blvd
Harlingen, TX 78552

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