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General information

This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Indiana.

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Dear Coaches:


The Ball State University Speech Team, Department of Communication Studies, and College of Communication, Information, and Media are pleased to invite you to the Red Carpet Affair high school speech tournament to be held on our campus on January 20, 2018.  Our one day tournament will include 4 rounds of competition for both varsity and novice competitors (if large enough for a novice division). Awards will be presented to the top twelve speakers in each varsity event, top six in novice, and top schools in small and large divisions. 

Registration will be in the north lobby of the Arts & Journalism Building. You will receive a confirmation e-mail that includes directions and parking information. We look forward to welcoming to our beautiful campus. If you have any questions regarding the tournament, directions, or hotels please call. See you in January!



BSU Coaches

Mary Moore, Ash Coker, Mike Storr, Spencer Coile

Casey Sabella & Derek Tulowitzky



Tournament Information


We will offer Humorous, Dramatic, Discussion, POI, Prose, Poetry, Original Oratory, Informative, Impromptu, US Extemp, International Extemp Duo, Broadcasting (Radio), & Original Performance.  We will follow IHSFA rules as posted on http://www.ihsfa.org/.


You can only enter 8 students per event with a maximum entry of 60 slots per school.

Discussion Prompts

Round 1-Oprah’s speech.


Round 2- The End of Miss America


Round 3-Taylor Swift's Exclusive Vogue Poem


Round 4- Rotten Apples Website


(for info on the website: http://www.papermag.com/rotten-apples-sexual-predators-2517690191.html)

Broadcasting: Commercial and editorial info is in the files for download.

Round 1 News Program - 5 min, pre-written

Round 2 On The Spot - 2 min prep, 2 min speak

Round 3 Editorial - 2 min speak (topic: Raising the Federal Minimum Wage) (should be pre-written)

Round 4 News Program - 5 min, pre-written


You will draw for all 4 rounds.

Tie Breaker:

Judges will use both score students using both speaker points and ranks. Speaker points will be used to break final placings.

Double Entry

Students may enter two events, with the exception of Discussion.  In duo, both contestants may double; however any given student may not participate in two duos.   Those students doubled in Impromptu must go to Impromptu last.  Double-entered students are responsible for getting to both events during rounds.  While judges will be made aware of double entered students on their ballots, students should still inform their judges that they are double entered.



We will have awards for the top 12 in all Varsity events and top 6 in novice events.  Sweepstakes trophies are awarded based on final round placings.  Team Trophies will be given to the top teams with 1 to 30 entries and to the top teams with 31 and more entries.



1st place =12 points,

2nd place=10 points

3rd place = 8 points

4th place =6points

5th place =4 points

6th place= 2 points

7-12 = 1 point



**Entry Fees:

To offset the cost of the tournament, each slot will cost $2.  We will accept cash or checks. Checks can be made out to Ball State University.


Judge Fees:

Each school is required to provide one full-time qualified judge for each six entries entered or portion thereof. We can arrange for hired judges.  A hired judge must be hired for the four rounds at a cost of $10.00 for every uncovered entry.




We should receive your entry no later than 5:00pm, Tuesday, January 16, 20018. We would prefer you register via Speechwire.com.  If that is not possible, you can email your entries to bsuspeech@bsu.eduNO Adds will be allowed after Thursday, January 18, 2018 at noon.  There will be no pick-up of drops at the tournament.


Getting to campus: Registration, and the judge/coach meetings will all take place in the Atrium which is the lobby of the Arts & Journalism (AJ) building. The physical address of the building is 1001 N. McKinley Avenue, Muncie, IN 47306.


Office of Risk Management:  All employees and volunteers working with unaccompanied minors on Ball State’s campus are required to complete a training module on student safety. We ask that both coaches and judges associated with your team please complete the following form before the start of the tournament: https://learn.ue.org/4P1R6289107/bsuVolunteers


Food: The food court in AJ (our headquarters) will not be open on Saturday. Students could walk to the Student Center or Noyer to access a food court/ dining hall. We will offer light concessions (doughnuts, chips, pizza, and drinks) in AJ 175.  Feel free to encourage your students to bring a packed lunch or purchase pizza for lunch.


Important Morning Of Tournament Request: We ask that on the day of the tournament, we request that each school please call or text Mary Moore (765) 760-3700 between 7:00 - 7:30 a.m. to confirm all entries/ judges/ and report any drops.  Teams are asked to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. There will be a judges' meeting at 8:30 a.m. 



Manager contact information

Mary Moore
Email address: bsuspeech@bsu.edu
Phone number: (760) 760-3700

Mailing address

368 Letterman/ Comm Studies
368 Letterman/ Comm Studies, Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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