Knights Joust

2022 — Highland, UT/US

Novice and Open LD - Nov/Dec NSDA Open/Varsity topic. 

Resolved: The People’s Republic of China ought to prioritize environmental protection over economic growth.

PF - Nov/Dec Topic

Resolved: The United States’ strategy of Great Power Competition produces more benefits than harms.

Session 1: UDCA
A Bill to Increase Tax on Wealthy
A Bill to Reduce Food Waste and Increase American Fertilizer
Juvenile Detention Centers
Trade with Congo for Lithium
A Bill to Provide Free Day Care
Session 2: NSDA
Indigenous Education
Return Looted Artwork and Artifacts
Ban Research into AI
A Bill to Expand Executive Privilege
A Resolution to Amend the Constitution to Enshrine a Right to Privacy
A Resolution to Promote Pollinator-friendly Policy Making
A Resolution to Amend the Constitution to Democratize the Supreme Court

Knight’s Joust 

In person with async.

General Information:

Dates: November 4-5, 2022

Location: Lone Peak High School, 10189 N 4800 W, Highland, UT 84003

Tournament Host/Director: Michelle Walker: and Tanya Roundy,

Cost: $20/day ($40 both days); $4/person per event

Judges: Speech 1:5, CX 1:2; Debates 1:4; Congress 1:5

*judges can judge both speech and debate events

Asynchronous Fun Speech Events---Lip Synch, Storytelling, Declamation, News-anchor, Poetry, Freedom Speech


*Students may double, triple or quadruple enter in Speech Events--at their own risk. Tournament

will not be held up for double entries.

*Students may only participate in one Debate event

*Novice and Varsity Divisions Available in main events.

FEATURED EVENTS:            

Novice and Varsity Speech Events  

Novice: Mixed Extemp, Impromptu, SPAR, Combined Interps, Oratory, Informative 

Varsity: US Extemp, Int Extemp, Impromptu, SPAR, Interps: HI DI Duo Poi, Oratory, Informative (May have to combine Interps depending on numbers)


 Varsity and Novice LD, Public Forum, Policy and Congress, Big Question 

Asynchronous Events--- Lip Sync, Newsanchor, Storytelling, Declamation, Poetry, Freedom Speech

  1. Must submit by Wednesday Night.  Must be recorded (without any editing) and uploaded as an unlisted youtube/google drive file (don’t use a school drive as it often blocks access--suggestion-create a team email/drive account an use that for either drive or youtube)

  2. Put the link for the video in the description/title section for that competitor’s speech in tabroom.

  3. Will be judged in advance and must be turned in by Deadline.

  4. Lip Sync/Newscaster: Yes to props, scripts, and having lots of fun. NO to Greenscreens, special affects, or editing. Newscaster 1-2 people Lip Sync 1-6 people 

  5. Storytelling, may or may not have book/script in hand, may use a chair. 


Friday: SPAR, IE

3:00 PM -3:30 PM Check-in

3:30 PM-4:00 PM Round 1 pre-start. All judges and students go to round and check equipment, answer questions, etc.


3:30 PM Extemp Prep start


Rd 1: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Rd 2: 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Rd 3: 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM


*Dinner period from 6:15 to 7:15 


*Many restaurants within easy walking distance: Taco bell, Mcdonalds, Swig, Walmart, Chick-fi-le?, Marco’s pizza, Lil Piggy’s Shave Ice and Ice Cream, Subway, Happy Dragon Express 

Saturday: LD, PF, CX, Congress, BQ

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-in and judge instructions/Q&A

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Pre-Round setup. Judges and competitors login


LD, PF, CX--Novice/Varsity, BQ


Rd1: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Rd2: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rd3: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM




Rd1: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rd2: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


*Dinner period from 6:15 to 7:15 *Many restaurants within easy walking distance: Taco bell, Mcdonalds, Swig, Walmart, Chick-fi-le?, Marco’s pizza, Lil Piggy’s Shave Ice and Ice Cream, Subway, Happy Dragon Express


*Awards 4:30 pm Awards for top 5 in each event *School Size will be determined by number of students entered per school Large School Sweepstakes Award Small School Sweepstakes Award *Sweepstakes will be done using NSDA points Speech: Points by placement per round Debate: Points by win/loss per round Congress: Points by placement overall

Asynchronous Events: Links must be submitted Wednesday @ midnight! Judging will start on Thursday. Assigned judges will have from Thursday morning to Saturday at 2:00 PM to complete their assigned rounds.

Registration open September 4th - October 28th @ 11AM! Adds after this will be accepted as room allows. 

Judge Requirements:

FRIDAY JUDGES: One judge for every 5 IE’s, Except Parliamentary and BQ, one judge for every three teams or portion thereof.

SATURDAY JUDGES:  One judge for every TWO Varsity PF, LD, and Policy Teams. One judge for every FOUR novice PF and LD.  1 Judge for every 5 Congress competitors.  Due to the unique nature of single-flighting Varsity LD and PF, any schools without their full judge compliment will have their Varsity LD and PF entries receive a Bye-Loss for every round we are short judges. 

Knight’s Joust Award: Awards will be given to the top NSDA points winners from all events combined.

Unique Events:

News Anchor: In this event competitors present the news (real or fictional) as a news anchor or news anchor team.  The news can be presented in a serious nature if you choose.  However, satirical news presentations in the vein of Steven Colbert, John Stewart and Saturday Night Live are preferred.  5-10 minutes. As this is asynchronous this year, you may screen share images as part of your performance. Content must be school appropriate.

Poetry: Competitors can alternate between poetry and prose, but it is not required.  They can do the same poetry piece or prose all three rounds.  Pieces should be 5-7 minutes long.

Declamation: This is a 5-10 minute speech given in a public setting by a prominent individual.

Freedom Speech: This unique event is meant to promote the Freedom Foundations speech contest that is held in November.  The speech should be 4-6 minutes.  There will be a $25 prize for the winner of the Knight’s Joust.  For topic details and official Freedom Festival entry instructions (separate from the Skyhawk Smackdown) visit

There is an official Freedom Festival Speech Contest. All students are encouraged to enter the Freedom Festival Speech contest.  1st place is $600.  Places 1-6 will win a minimum of $100.