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Chanhassen Speech Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Tournament Information:


All Varsity

and Novice Discussion & Draws (Chan High School)

Novice (Chaska Middle School West)

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM

Registration at Chanhassen High School (head coaches should register at Chanhassen H.S. before the novices head to the middle school)


8:15 AM

Draw Meeting


8:30 AM

Draws Begin for RD 1


8:45 AM

Rd. 1 Discussion


9:00 AM

Rd 1 – All Categories Except Discussion

Round 1 – All Categories

10:00 AM

Begin Draws for Rd 2


10:15 AM

Rd 2 – Discussion


10:30 AM

Rd 2 – All Categories Except Discussion

Round 2 – All Categories

11:00 AM



11:15 AM



11:30 AM

Begin Draws for Rd 3


11:45 AM

Rd 3 – Discussion

Round 3 – All Novice Categories at the middle school


Rd 3 - All Categories Except Discussion

Buses Begin Running Between Middle School and High School

1:45 PM

Finals Posted


2:15 PM



4:30 PM



Tournament Information:
We will be offering all 13 MSHSL categories. We will also offer the NSDA category Program Oral Interp (POI) and Impromptu. 
Registration Deadline:
Monday, January 15th, 2024 (Initial Team Entry Deadline)
Wednesday, January 17th, 2024 at 3:00pm (drops and adds – all drops after this point will not result in a change of statement)
Entry Limits:
There are no team or category entry limits
Entry Fees:
$7 per entry/$14 per duo
Checks payable to Chanhassen High School Boosters
**We will be charging a $25 team fee to cover the cost of transportation from Chaska Middle School West to the the high school for those novice members competing at the middle school. 
Entry Changes:
Entry changes (drops or adds) can be made on the speechwire.com tournament site up until the end of registration. We can also accommodate drops and adds at the registration table the morning of the tournament. We will be site scheduling all rounds of competition in order to make sure rounds are equal and fair. For this reason, registration must be completed promptly by 7:45 AM or a phone call to 612-408-7139 must be made to report your team drops.
Novice/Varsity Split:
Because this tournament is so early in the season, we will be splitting novice and varsity competitors in all categories. We will not have novice final rounds (so novices can make it over to the high school to watch varsity finals). It would be our hope that novice competitors would go to the varsity final rounds for their categories to watch their eloquence. A novice competitor is a first year speech competitor or one who has switched from PA to Interp or the other way around.
We will keep novice draws and novice discussion at the high school. The middle school is only 5 minutes away. Please be mindful of draws and discussion novices are not able to enter other events as a novice because they will be at a different school. They CAN enter the varsity division. 
Double Entering/Triple Entering:
Double entering is allowed in ALL categories, including discussion. Discussion will have start 15 minutes early to accommodate those double entries (discussants should not double enter in a draw category). Draw category double entries are allowed, but students should not double enter in 2 draw categories. Triple entry will be allowed as long as the student is not in more than 1 draw category. Students double and triple enter at their own risk!! Novice discussion and draw entries will not be allowed to double enter in other novice events because they are in different venues. 
Judging Requirements:
Teams need to bring 1 judge for every 6 entries or fraction thereof. A small number of judges will be available for hire at $80 for the day. Please email Travis Rother if you need to hire a judge by Monday, January, 13th.
Judging Finals:
We ask that ALL judges be available to judge final rounds (even those judges who are exclusively at the middle school with the novices. Those judges will have plenty of time to get from Chaska Middle School West to Chanhassen High School for final round judging). If you have any coaches at the tournament who are not judging, please consider making them available for final rounds, it will make our lives much easier. We would like to offer panels of 5 judges for varsity finals if we can make it work. Any help in this area would be greatly appreciated.
Tournament Format:
Novice: Three preliminary rounds 
Varsity: Three preliminary rounds and a final
Minnesota State High School League Event Info:
Extemp. Reading Prose: Students will draw from stories 1-10 (students cannot repeat a cutting from their preliminary rounds in finals)
Extemp. Reading Poems: Students will draw from poems 1-50 (students cannot repeat a cutting from their preliminary rounds in finals)
Storytelling Stories 1-8 (novice) and all stories (varsity) -  (students can repeat a story from their preliminary rounds in finals)
Discussion:  Areas I & II, Subsection Topics (Legacy Media and Its Impacts)
Team Sweepstakes:
Team trophies will be available for the top 3 teams. We will also have a team SMALL SCHOOL championship trophy available for teams with UNDER 30 entries! Novice ranks will have a strong influence in team's sweepstakes in order to encourage teams to continue to develop their novice competitors. Also, we will be awarding a Novice Championship trophy to the school with the highest cumulative point total by novice competitors.
Directions to Chanhassen High School:
Chanhassen High School is located at the intersection of Audubon Rd and Lyman Blvd in Chanhassen, Minnesota. There is easy access to Lyman Blvd. by going north on Powers Blvd off of Highway 212. The address is 2200 Lyman Blvd.
Chaska Middle School West:
140 Engler Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318


Manager contact information

Travis Rother
Email address: rothert@district112.org
Phone number: 612-408-7139

Mailing address

Chanhassen High School Speech
2200 Lyman Blvd
Chanhassen, MN 55317

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