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General information

This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a College tournament in Illinois.

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We are very excited to be partnering with Kishwaukee for this one-time affair on the PSC campus. We are hoping that this tournament will be enjoyable, efficient, friendly, competitive, and most importantly, educational.


2017 Key Tournament Highlights:


Individual Events

·       Entries.  Entries are limited to students in their first two years of intercollegiate competition.

·       Impromptu Speaking. Please note the event changes to Impromptu Speaking in the “Individual Events Rules” section of the invitation.


One-Day Tournament 

·       Tournament the Corn in the Heights will be a one-day tournament, consisting of two flights with two rounds each.

·       Parliamentary Debate-Due to the condensed schedule for the tournament, we will not be hosting Parliamentary Debate this year.


Special Event: Impromptu Sales

·       This year we are offering a fun and educational special event: Impromptu Sales.

·       It is our hope that this event will better engage your students in Flight A events.  Please read the invite for details and rules.


Event groupings


            Group A                                                            Group B

            Prose                                                                 Poetry

            Duo                                                                    Impromptu

            Informative                                                      STE/ADS

            DI                                                                       Persuasion

            Extemp                                                            POI

            Impromptu Sales                                          CA           


Phi Rho Pi rules will be followed for all of the events except for Impromptu Speaking. Rules are posted on the Phi Rho Pi website www.phirhopi.org .


Tournament schedule


November 11th.



Registration in the Atrium Main Building


Extemp Draw


Round 1, Group A


Extemp Draw


Round 2, Group A


Lunch (on your own)


Round 1, Group B


Round 2, Group B


Extemp Draw Finals


Group A Finals


Group B Finals

6:15 Awards



Individual Events

Any regularly enrolled college student who has less than two years of college forensics experience is eligible to participate.


Multiple Entries

·       Each school is limited to six entries for each Individual Event.

·       Contestants may participate in no more than three different events per group. 


Impromptu Speaking

Rather than using quotations for each preliminary round of Impromptu Speaking, each round of Impromptu will provide alternative types of prompts.


To maintain consistency, each speaker, in each round, will receive the same 3 prompts to choose from (i.e. 3 objects, 3 pictures, 3 words, 3 quotations).

                                    Round 1:                                    Object Round

                                    Round 2:                                    Picture Round

                                    Final:                                           Quotation Round


Impromptu will follow American Forensics Association rules.  All contestants in the same section will receive the same topic stimulus.  7-minute maximum time limit.



Impromptu Sales Topics

Impromptu Sales will use the long form time limits (9 minutes to divide between preparing and delivering the speech).


·       Round 1: Object. Students will be given an object, and their goal is to sell that object to an audience. Students should take the object as it stands. The student may choose to elaborate upon the object, by may not take the object on the metaphorical level. Students may endow the object with qualities, but cannot transform the object into something else (thus, a pen can have special qualities, but a pen cannot turn into a ball).

·       Round 2: Sell a service. Students will be given a description of a service, including a short “fact sheet” of this particular service (for example, you are the proprietor of a dog walking service). Their goal is to sell that service to the audience.

·       Finals: Slogan. For example: “Nebraska Beef: It’s what’s for dinner” or “Dell’s Lemonade: Rhode Island’s Finest.” Students will create a speech based on that slogan.



Individual Events

The top six individuals in each event will advance to the final round.  Ties will be broken in this order:  speaker points, judges’ preference (where applicable), and number of firsts.  We will not break an event into a semi-round unless there are more than 60 entries in the event.


·       1st  place = 6 points

·       2nd place = 5 points

·       3rd place = 4 points

·       4th place = 3 points

·       5th place = 2 points

·       6th place = 1 point


Individual Sweepstakes

Individual Events Sweepstakes will be awarded to the five students who accumulate the greatest number of points in their best four eligible events.  To be eligible for these awards a student must enter four or more events, including at least one interpretation event and one public address event (prepared or limited prep).  It is the coach’s responsibility to enter the student in the sweeps category. 


Team Sweepstakes

Team Sweepstakes will be awarded to the top 5 teams accumulating the most points in Individual Events.




Entry Deadlines

·       Initial Entry:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017

·       Adds:                  Without charge until Noon on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

·       Drops: Without charge until Noon on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017



Schools are required to provide one judge for every:

·       Six Individual Events entries


Please let Joshua Green or Dana Trunnell know if you know someone interested in serving as a hired judge for Individual Events.



·       Individual Events:                                                                         $8 per entry

o      Uncovered Individual Events:                                  Additional $10 per entry

·       All drops after Thursday at 12p:                                              $10 per entry

·       All drops after Friday at 12p:                                                    $15 per entry

·       IE Drop at Registration:                                                              $25 per entry

·       Judge Drop:                                                                                   $60 per judge dropped


***Also, we will not accept substitution entries for those students who are unable to attend the tournament after Wednesday at 12:00 pm.




Doughnuts, bagels, juice & coffee will be available in the morning. For lunch, a list of area fast food restaurants will be provided.




All hotels are located East of I-57, just north and south of Lincoln Hwy (Route 30)


Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Southland—Matteson ($129-$149)

20920 Matteson Avenue

Matteson, Illinois, 60443

Phone: 708-748-4102


La Quinta Inn Chicago Matteson

5210 West Southwick Dr

Matteson, IL 60443

Phone: 1-708-503-0999


Country Inn and Suites (has a pool)

950 Lake Superior Drive

Matteson, IL  60443

Phone: 708-748-4740


Holiday Inn Tinley Park Convention Center

18501 Convention Center Dr.

Tinely Park, IL 60477

Phone: 708-444-1100


NOT recommended, but probably the most economical:


Americas Best Value Inn Matteson (67.38, tax included)

5200 West Lincoln Highway

Matteson, IL 60443

Phone: 708-481-3900


A few of the restaurants near the hotels:


Panera Bread




Pizza Hut

Cracker Barrel

Manager contact information

Joshua Green
Email address: jgreen@prairiestate.edu
Phone number: 708-709-2958

Mailing address

202 S. Halsted
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

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