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Speech & Drama Announcements

2018-19 Music Classifications

6A-36, 5A-36, 4A-36, 3A-64, 2A-64, 1A-119

Recent Speech Ruling (March 2017):
After the conclusion of round one it was brought to the Host Site Invitational Manager’s attention by the judge’s chair (and a parent that was originally scheduled for inform - who ended up judging HI) that our inform and oration panels were stripped of the adult and replaced with an additional senior college credit student). Several coaches asked about the panels and at the time I knew we had 4 students and the adult. We had scheduled panels for our Rounds 1 and 2 Inform, Oration rooms that consisted of 1 parent and 4 college credit seniors not enrolled or competing in forensics - with the parent ballot to be the "official score" and the other four ballots scored by the cc seniors but not used in the tabulation of the tournament and returned to the students competing. Each CC speech student was issued ballots and the parent judge was to use the competitor ballots as normal. It took quite some time to receive results for round 1 for inform and oration as we were trying to ascertain what happened with round 1. We chose to utilize the scores the panel provided. We subsequently removed the cc speech students from the panels round 2 and only used adult judges. Looking at what happened we will not be continuing this practice. It was well intended for the competitors to receive more feedback and the cc students to see quality speech pretensions.

KSHSAA Ruling: Total the events in question with round 2, 3, and finals judges, and re-submit the qualifiers to the KSHSAA.


Changes adopted by the KSHSAA Executive Board and published in the 2018-19 Debate, Speech & Drama Manual:

KSHSAA Speech and Drama Regulations

NEW - Sec. 9. Acting and Interpretation Events
In all acting and interpretation events, participants will adhere to the language of the original published work with minimal adaptation for transition.

Championship Regulations

Sec. 3 Entries—

  • b. Each classification will be allowed to choose what events would be offered for its own championships.
    • - Ten events will be selected on a three-year cycle for 1A and 2A classifications.
    • - Eleven events will be selected on a three-year cycle for 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A classifications.

Sec. 9 Judging Requirements—
Each school is required to provide the following judge(s) to serve during preliminary, semifinal and final rounds of the tournament:

  • 5A and 6A school judge requirements:
  • One (1) judge per 1-4 entries
  • Two (2) judges per 5-8 entries
  • Three (3) judges per 9-12 entries
  • Four (4) judges per 13-16 entries

Speech Events

  • Combined and revised rules for:
  • Humorous Solo Acting/Humorous Interpretation
  • Serious Solo Acting/Dramatic Interpretation
  • Duet Acting/Duo

Definition of Published
Selections must come from literature that is published and copyrighted. “Published” literature shall be defined as any material that is available to the general public with the exception of original material published by local high school publications such as a newspaper, literary magazine, or yearbook. Scripts from the Internet are acceptable if they include:

  1. A receipt or photocopy of the receipt of purchase for the complete work from commercial sources, or
  2. Proof of current Internet source’s existence, such as its inclusion on an electric-reader or indication of valid URL.

Rule 30 Seasons of Activities Sec. 1 Art. 5 states – Interschool scrimmages (practices) in all activities shall be prohibited. a) Schools may not hold interschool scrimmages (practices) in athletics, scholars’ bowl or debate/speech. Interschool is defined as senior high school with another senior high school.

Impromptu Speaking
Each student is limited to two events and may not enter twice in the same event. NOTE: Students may enter only one “Draw” or “Preparation” event with the exception of Impromptu.

Thus, it is possible to enter Impromptu and Foreign or Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking in the same tournament.

DUO and Duet Acting
If double entered in DUO and Duet Acting the student may NOT use the same piece/selection. It is permissible to be with different partners.

Like Events (DI and SSA or HI and HSA or DUO and Duet Acting)
A student MUST qualify twice to double enter in like events.

A student who qualifies for SSA in an invitational tournament may enter DI at State or vice versa. A student who qualifies for HI in an invitational tournament may enter HSA at State or vice versa. A student who qualifies for DUO in an invitational tournament may enter Duet Acting at State or vice versa. Obviously at State, in each of these cases, they must comply with all rules of the specific event they enter.

The following is KSHSAA’s position on students who do not follow KSHSAA rules particularly concerning the 500 road mile Bylaw XIV.
If a student who is a member of a school’s team chooses to attend a:

- Non sanctioned KSHSAA competition or event, or
- Competition or event beyond the sanctioned 500 road mile limit Bylaw XIV,

the student/the school clearly violates KSHSAA policy and will be subject to KSHSAA penalties.

If a student chooses not to be on a school’s team and operates as an "independent" competitor or team, the student would not be under the bylaws, rules, and policies of the KSHSAA. However, the school cannot provide financial support for entry fees and/or travel expenses. No adult school representation/coach will be allowed to accompany student(s) as "independent(s). The school and school coach cannot be involved. (This does not prevent a student from being enrolled in an academic class for credit during school hours only.)


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