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Red Carpet Affair

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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 18, 2020.  Our one-day tournament will include 3 preliminary rounds and one final round of competition for both varsity and novice (when warranted). Awards will be presented to the top six speakers in each event (varsity and novice) and the top three schools in small and large divisions. 
Registration will be in the north lobby of the Arts & Journalism Building. Prior to the tournament, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that includes directions and parking information. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus. If you have any questions regarding the tournament, directions, or hotels please reach out. See you in January! 
BSU Speech
Richard Bowman
Student Tournament Director
Tournament Information
We will offer Humorous, Dramatic, Discussion, POI, Prose, Poetry, Original Oratory, Informative, Impromptu, US Extemp, International Extemp, Duo, Broadcasting (Radio), Original Performance, and Congress.  We will follow IHSFA rules as posted on http://www.ihsfa.org/.
Event Caps:
You can only enter 8 students per event with a maximum entry of 60 slots per school. 
Tournament Structure:
3 prelim rounds and 1 final round. Novice and varsity will compete together in prelims. Unless a novice advances to the varsity final round, the top six novices will be placed into a novice final (when warranted).
Entry Fees:
To offset the cost of the tournament, each slot will cost $3.  We will accept cash or checks. Checks can be made out to Ball State University.
Round 1: 5 minutes News program (including music lead-in and load out and commercial of students choice)                   
Prepared before the tournament
Round 2: 2 minutes On the Spot                      
Students will receive a picture (with caption) and will receive 2 minutes of prep time
Round 3: 2 minutes Editorial                               
Written on-site (30 minutes to prep) 
Final:       5 minutes Radio Program                
Written on site (30 minutes to prep) 
**Note on final round: 
Contestants will be given a packet of source materials and will have 30 minutes to select and organize a five minute simulated radio broadcast. All material used in the broadcast will be provided by the tournament with the exception of any hypothetical station call letters, time and current weather conditions or forecast and no more than one commercial (maximum 30 seconds). Contestants should strive to present a broadcast that resembles a live radio news segment and refrain from humorous devices (like the traffic girl falling out of the traffic copter or Bigfoot rampaging through town, etc). Maximum time limit for the speech is five minutes.
Students will draw for rounds 1 & 3. (Students will use round 1 question for round 2 and the final round speech is at their discretion) 
Bills 15,12,4, & 5
Double Entry:
Students may enter two events with the exception of Discussion and Congress.  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.
Tie Breakers:
Judges will score students using both speaker points and ranks. Speaker points will be used to break final placings.
We will have awards for the top six in all events (varsity and novice). Sweepstakes trophies are awarded based on final round placings.  Team Trophies will be given to the top 3 in small and large team entries (based on team entry size at noon on Friday, January 17). 
Tabulation for team placing:
1st place =12 points for 
2nd place=10 points
3rd place = 8 points
4th place =6points
5th place =4 points
6th place= 2 points
Finalist = 1 point
1st place =6 points
2nd place=5 points
3rd place = 4 points
4th place =3 points
5th place =2 points
6th place= 1 points
Finalist = 1 point
Judge Fees:
Each school is required to provide one full-time qualified judge for every 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 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 14th. We would prefer you to register via Speechwire.com.  If that is not possible, you can email your entries to bsuspeech@bsu.edu.  NO Adds will be allowed after Thursday, January 16th at noon.  There will be no pick-ups 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.
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 concessions (fruit, chips, pizza, and drinks) in AJ 175.  
Important Morning Of Tournament Request: We will text a designated coach the morning of the tournament so that you may confirm all entries, judges, and report any drops. This will help ensure that the tournament starts on time. Teams are asked to arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. There will be a judges' meeting at 8:30 a.m.  

Manager contact information

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

Mailing address

368 Letterman/ Comm Studies, Ball State University
2000 W University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306

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