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Southport Speech & Debate Smackdown

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2019 Southport Speech & Debate Smackdown!

November 9, 2019

Southport High School would like to invite you to the Southport Speech & Debate Smackdown.  The deadline for pre-registration is Wednesday, November 6th at 11:00pm.

We WILL be using e-ballots for Debate events. Debate judges are encouraged to bring their own devices to complete ballots. We will also have a limited number of computers available to borrow. 


  • 4 straight rounds
  • Sweepstakes points & ribbons for top 5 in each division
  • Novice entries must be first-year competitors                 


  • 7:00-7:45     Check-in
  • 7:45            Judges’ Meeting
  • 8:00  Extemp Draw Begins
  • 8:15            First round begins
  • Rounds begin at 8:15, 9:30, 11:00 and 12:15.  


  • Speech - Drama, Humor, Duo, Poetry, Prose, Original Performance, Original Oratory, U.S. Extemp, Int’l Extemp, Impromptu, Broadcasting, Discussion, Informative and Programmed Oral Interp.
  • Debate - PF, LD, Congress and World Schools


  • LD: novice will run the regular Nov. topic NOT novice topics
  • Congress: 3, 8, 9, 15
  • WSD Prepared motions:
    • This house would hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid crisis.
    • This House would end the practice of convict labor.
  • Radio:
    • Round 1:  News program (music topics and commercial topic supplied on Monday, student writes a newscast) 5 min overall performance
    • Round 2:  Pre-written editorial (topic provided on Monday) speak for 2 mins
    • Round 3:  OTS
    • Round 4:  Same news program again
  • Extemp:  Draws will occur before Rounds 1 & 3 only.
  • Discussion: Artifacts will be released Mon. Nov. 4th
  • IHSFA Rules will govern all other events.
  • We WILL use the 7 min prep and speak format in Impromptu


  • 40 entries maximum per school
  • 5 entries maximum per event
  • No Pickups


  • Competitors MAY NOT double in Discussion
  • Students MAY double in Broadcasting. 
  • Students who are doubled in Impromptu should go to their Impromptu round LAST. 
  • No tripling (and quadrupling is right out)


  • 1 judge for every 5 entries or fraction thereof.  (5 entries=1 judge, 6 entries=2 judges)


  • Team trophies for top 5 teams.
  • Sweepstakes points:
  • Varsity: 1st=6pts, 2nd=5pts, 3rd=4pts, 4th=3pts, 5th=2pts.
  • Novice: 1st=5pts, 2nd=4pts, 3rd=3pts, 4th=2pts, 5th=1pt.
  • Host school not eligible for team trophy


Concessions will be available in the cafeteria throughout the day.  Pizza, baked goods, soda, and many other items will be available. Please purchase concessions, it is the only way we can fund our program. 

PARKING AND ENTRANCE:                                      

Please park on the west side of the school.  Your team may enter the building using Door 17 (with the bus overhang) adjacent to the West Parking Lot.          




Manager contact information

Sara Berghoff
Email address: sberghoff@perryschools.org
Phone number: 317-789-4908

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