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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a Middle School tournament in Indiana.

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Dear Coaches:

The Ball State University Speech Team, Department of Communication Studies, and College of Communication Media and Information are pleased to invite you to the Red Carpet Affair Junior, a middle school speech tournament to be held on our campus on November 4, 2017.  Our one day tournament will include 3 rounds of competition.  Awards will be presented to the top six  speakers (double scored) in each event and top 3 schools in small and large divisions.

Registration will be in the lobby of the Letterman Building.  Please register for the tournament at: https://www.speechwire.com/c-info.php?tournid=6381. 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 November!


Mary Moore & Ashley Coker

Ball State University

BSU Speech Team


Tournament Information


We will offer Humorous, Dramatic, Declamation, Discussion, Prose, Poetry, Original Oratory, Impromptu, Extemp,  Memorized Duo, Scripted Duo, & Radio Broadcasting.



Round I – Commercial

30 minute prep and 1 minute speaking time

Round II – Editorial  

Provided to the student, 1 minute prep and 1 minute speaking time

Round III –News

2 minutes speaking time


Extemp (Domestic Questions)

Students will draw 30 minutes before the preliminary round and will deliver the same question in subsequent rounds.  We will provide 3 questions per student and a research article with each question.


Discussion Topic

October/ November 2017

How should the U.S. government respond to natural disasters?

1) Before: What should the federal government do to mitigate potential damage

from natural disasters?

2) During: What should the federal government do to help affected populations

during natural disasters?

3) After: What should the federal government do to alleviate long-term damage

from natural disasters?


Double Entry

Students may enter two events, with the exception of Discussion & Radio. In duo, both contestants may double; however any given student may not participate in two duos of any kind.  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 events.  Team Trophies will be given to the top 3 teams with 1 to 20 entries and to the top 3 teams with 21 and more entries.



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 can be hired for $30 (to cover 6 slots).



Concessions will be available for lunch and a cafeteria is within walking distance of tournament headquarters. 



We should receive your entry no later than 5:00pm, Tuesday, October 31, 2017. While we prefer you register using Speechwire, if that is not possible mail us your entries to mkmoore@bsu.edu.



It is suggested that you park north of the Robert Bell building (RED R2 lot) and gain access to the Letterman building through the Robert Bell building.  Be sure to look for signs. Meters and “Reserved” (handicapped, business, and numbered) spaces are enforced 24/7. You will be ticketed! If you are having trouble with parking, finding Muncie, Ball State University, or the Letterman building please contact Mary Moore at (765)285-1957 or my cell phone number is 765-760-3700.


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:



We look forward to hosting you!



Manager contact information

Mary K Moore
Email address: mkmoore@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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