With immense appreciation, you are invited to attend the National Speech Championship on
March 18th and 19th, 2023.
This tournament will provide an opportunity for teams of all resource levels to once again
compete for a national team championship. The competition will be incredible and
opportunities for both individual and team placement will abound. Special congratulations to
Bradley University for winning the 2022 National Speech Championship.
Thank you to the hundreds of individuals who supported The National Speech
Championship over the years by competing, coaching, running the tournament, and judging.
I also want to extend a thank you to all of you who will be joining us this year.
There will be no charge for any entries covered by judges. Teams are asked to provide
enough judges to cover their entry. Each judge will cover six entries. Hired judges will
be available at a rate of $40 per uncovered entry. If this fee prevents any team from at-
tending the tournament, that team may contact the tournament director, Ryan Lauth,
at email@example.com, for a fee waiver. The tournament is happy to
provide this fee waiver as a means to support forensics participation around the nation.
Each team will be allowed a maximum of two entries per event. A single student may enter in duo twice if each duo has a separate partner. A single student can be entered in each event, other than duo, only once. There are no flight restrictions for individual students, however judges will be asked not to wait for competitors past the beginning of the following round in order to keep the tournament on schedule. There will be no qualification process necessary for entry.
The exception to the maximum limit is Interviewing. Each team may enter a maximum of five entries in Interviewing. Points will not be awarded for Interviewing.
Students in their first year of collegiate competition are allowed to be entered as novice on speechwire. They will compete in the open division but will be eligible for novice exhibition finals only if they do not advance in that event to open elimination rounds. There will be no ranking of the novice exhibition final rounds. Instead, a moderator will run the round and offer only feedback on ballots. Novice final round competitors will be recognized during the awards ceremony. There will be no points awarded for novice final rounds.
Medals will be awarded to all elimination round competitors, including
those in Interviewing. Traveling team trophies will be awarded to the top
ten teams based upon points from elimination rounds. Each of these
trophies will include the engraved names of the participating coaches and
students from the team earning that trophy. The traveling team trophies
will need to be returned to the tournament the following year. The top
fifteen teams will also be awarded a team trophy that can be kept.
A traveling team award will also be given to the team earning the most
points in tournament history with points being reset to zero after winning.
Recognition will also be given to the top three non-scholarship programs,
the top three two year institutions, the top three programs directed by
undergraduate students, and the top three programs directed by graduate
No points will be earned in preliminary round competition. There will be two judges in each preliminary round. Elimination round placement will be determined based on each entry’s three best ranks. Only the highest placing entry from each team in each event will score points. Points will be determined by adding all of the elimination round placements along the following scale:
Quarter finals = 1point
Semi finals = 2points
6th place = 2 points
5th place = 4 points
4th place = 6 points
3rd place = 8 points
2nd place = 10 points
1st place = 12 point
A student winning an event will therefore earn 15 team points.
All teams will earn 20 points for attending the tournament.
As has been done since the first National Speech Championship, the tournament will provide a full list of judges to all coaches during the week of the tournament and via speechwire (the Files to download section) on Friday evening. We ask that if your students have any conflicts with judges for non-competitive reasons that you let us know so we can block the judge from judging the student. This is an easy thing for us to do with Speechwire. Examples of when this could happen might include: the student is a family member/close friend of the judge, a student was harassed/assaulted by the judge, a student was a teammate of the judge, a student was coached by the judge. We absolutely respect the privacy of these decisions. Students can inform the tournament through their coach, or inform the tournament director directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The tournament director will not ask for details and does not expect any, we trust in the decision of the student. We hope that if a judge has participated in improper behavior that the tournament director be notified so that, if necessary, the judge can be removed from the judging pool before interacting with students, but it is not required if the student does not feel safe doing so.
We ask that judges not judge students or teams they have coached for, competed for, or been paid by (including working at summer camps but not including judging at tournaments) in the last four years. These blocks should be noted in the judge notes section when entering judges on speechwire.