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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Indiana.

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Bishop Noll Speech is proud to invite you to our November Tournament! We are stoked.

The Bishop Noll Speech Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023.  Preliminary registration is due on Monday, November 13, by 5:00 P.M, CST.  Registration will be from 7:00-7:30 am CST outside the Media Center.  Extemp draw will start at 7:45 am CST and rounds will begin at 8:00 am CST. Extemp round 1 will start at 8:15 am CST. When entering the building, please use the "A" door (it's the entrance with the blue awning). Teams will camp out in the cafeteria.

You may bring up to 4 entries per event. We will run four straight rounds. Teams are capped at 40 entries. We will have all 15 ISSDA events. ***As it is still early in the season, if you have more than 4 entries in an event, please email me, I will try to accommodate. Be aware, only 4 entries per event will count towards sweepstakes trophies. In the same vein, if you have more than 40 entries, email me, I will do my best to accommodate, but again, only 40 entries will count towards sweepstakes trophies. (kburgun@bishopnoll.org)*** Please note: We do have a smaller building with a limited number of rooms. Some decisions will be made because of physical constraints.

Please bring one qualified judge, willing to write informative critiques, for every FOUR entries or fraction thereof.  All judges are obligated to stay until all fourth rounds start. Judges of larger entries may end up judging their own students.

Contestants may double. Up to three students on a team may triple. No doubling will be allowed in Discussion. No tripling will be allowed in Discussion or Extemp. Both duo partners (OP Duos included) may double. If you are doubling in two partner events, you must double only with the same partner for both events.  Students double / triple at their own risk.

Radio information will be posted by November 13, 2023. Bishop Noll does not have an official radio room, or equipment. The way we do radio is we have the speaker sit in the room with the judge, but the speaker's back is to the judge. We will do a prepared newscast for three rounds, and an "on the spot" for fourth round.

Extemp topics will be taken from current events.  Extempers will draw for Rounds 1 & 3 only.  Thirty minutes prep time.  Round 2 will be round 1 prepped speech. Round 4 will be round 3 prepped speech. All extempers are to report to the prep room by 7:45 am CST.

Discussion Topics will be posted by November 13; earlier if possible.

Impromptu will be flex prep - seven minutes.

Ribbons will be given to the top six individuals in all events.  Sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the top five schools.  Bishop Noll will not be eligible for a sweepstakes trophy.

Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria.  Please encourage your team to purchase lunch and snacks. It's how we are able to host a tournament! If we are not making money, then we will not be able to host in the future. We count on each speaker spending $3-$5 on lunch and snacks. Give or take. There will be free food and beverage in the judge's lounge for judges and coaches. Please discourage your judges and coaches from taking the free food and bringing it to your competitors. Thank you.

We hope to start awards by 1:53 pm CST at the latest.

We look forward to seeing you on November 18, 2023.

Students are asked to not enter a competition room until the judge is present.

Most competition rooms will be on the third floor of the building. If you are bringing a student or judge who needs access to our elevator, please send us an e-mail so we can arrange to have a key for the speaker or judge.

There is an event after our tournament in the cafeteria. While our team will stay and clean, the more you can be aware of your space in the cafeteria in terms of trash and food would be appreciated!!!

NOTE: We will do our best to make sure that your judges do not judge your own speakers. However, depending on the size of the tournament, this may be unavoidable. FYI.

Please make sure to e-mail any drops to kburgun@bishopnoll.org by 7:00 am CST the morning of the tournament. We prefer e-mail.   There will not be any drops to pick up on the day of the tournament.


Kevin Burgun - kburgun@bishopnoll.org

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