2023 — Ridgeland, MS/US
EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING (VARSITY AND NOVICE DIVISIONS)
The tournament director will prepare a list of topics on current foreign and domestic issues. The student will draw three questions and return two before he/she begins his/her preparation period.
The student will have thirty minutes of time to prepare his/her speech. The speech itself has a time limit of 7 minutes. There is a 30-second grace period. Students who exceed the time limit by more than 30 seconds should not be given first place in a panel.
A novice speaker is a competitor in their first year of high-school competition in ANY event. If a student competed in middle school, but never competed against high-school competitors, they may be considered novice during their first high school season.
In Novice Extemp only, the student may use one note card with a maximum of fifty words on it.
The student is responsible for providing his/her own extemp file, which may include published books, magazines, newspapers, and journals or articles from those sources, provided they are intact originals or copies of the originals and that there is no written material on the original or the copy. The student may prepare a topical index without annotation for his/her use.
Extemporaneous Speaking files will be inspected by tournament staff at some point before or during competition.
Internet-connected laptop computers and tablet devices may be used by speakers during their prep time, but may not be used to receive information for competitive advantage from other speakers or non-competitors (coaches, assistant coaches, teammates, other students, etc.) inside or outside of the room in which the prep occurs. Host sites have no obligation to guarantee internet access to competitors.