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The Royal Kickoff

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General information

This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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On behalf of Woodbury High School, we would like to invite you to The Royal Kickoff held at Woodbury High School. The tournament will be held on January 12-13, 2018. A few highlights:
  • Saturday, January 13, will be a NIETOC bid tournament. Three rounds, next-in finals, finals, and merit finals where numbers require. 
  • Optional: On Friday, January 12, we will host NOVICE ONLY rounds after school. One of the things we've heard from coaches over the past few years is that novices do not have an opportunity early on in the year to both experience competition AND see what more experienced competitors around the state are running. Running novice rounds on Friday allows these students to start the year with a friendly and like-minded atmosphere on Friday, and then watch varsity rounds on Saturday. While you can obviously compete Saturday and not Friday, our goal is to make the day a ton of fun and to do everything possible to have your novices fall in love with the activity.
  • If you are competing on Saturday, your novice entries will be FREE on Friday.
  • The head coaches from several collegiate forensics teams around the country will either be present at awards or Skype-calling in to briefly discuss their programs. We know that many Minnesota students want to continue doing speech in college, but we understand the practical constraints of your students traveling to a slew of universities to collect information on scholarships, programs, travel questions, etc. Our goal is to bring that information to them in one central location. 

Registration Deadline:

  • TEAM DEADLINE: Monday, Jan 9th at 5:00pm

  • ENTRY DEADLINE: Wednesday, Jan 11th at 3:00pm. 
After that time, all drops will be assessed a drop fee.

Day of the Tournament Drops: Please make any changes as soon as possible on Speechwire until the date of the tournament. Any drops the morning of the tournament should be sent to Suzanne White at (651) 247-0884. Texts or calls welcome.

Entry Limits:  Discussion students may not double enter in a draw category. Discussion will be staggered to allow for double entries in this category.

Entry Fees: 

$7.00 per entry for ALL events (including Duo).

Judging Requirements: 

  • Teams are required to bring 1 judge for every 6 entries. (BOTH DAYS)
  • Additional judges will be available to hire for $80.00. Please let Suzanne know ASAP if you anticipate needing judges. 

Tournament Format: There will be three preliminary rounds of competition followed by honor and final rounds. 

Extemp. Reading Prose: 1-10 (students can repeat a story from their preliminary rounds in finals)
Extemp. Reading Poetry: 1-25 (students cannot repeat a cutting from their preliminary rounds in finals)
- Please let me know if your student wants to do poetry. If I don't hear from anyone, we WILL NOT provide extemp reading: poetry. 
Storytelling Stories: 1-8 (students can repeat a story from their preliminary rounds in finals)
 Discussion Topic: 1


  • Food will be available for purchase throughout the day for students at the Woodbury concession stand. 
(Credit cards and cash accepted!) 
  • The Woodbury Speech Boosters will provide breakfast, lunch and snacks for judges and coaches.  Friday night dinner options will be available. 


Manager contact information

Suzanne White
Email address: suzanne.white26@gmail.com
Phone number: 651-247-0884

Mailing address

2665 Woodlane Dr
Woodbury, MN 55125

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