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Speech & Drama Announcements

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.

2017-18 SPEECH & DRAMA RULE CHANGES

Changes adopted by the KSHSAA Executive Board and published in the 2017-18 Debate, Speech & Drama Manual:

Championship Regulations

Sec. 4 State Qualifications
g. All 3-2-1A Lincoln-Douglas entries will be combined and this tournament will be held and managed by the 3A State Championships site.

Sec. 13 Grievances
f. The decision of the grievance committee is final. In the event that the grievance committee determines that a rule has been violated, that decision must include: a letter from the KSHSAA to the coach’s administration and one or more of the following actions: warning, loss of round, last rank in the section, or disqualification which may or may not include prior rounds.

Championship Scheduling

Final Placement Procedures
At the State Championship tournament, if the number of participants in an event exceeds 55 (as determined by the number of actual competitors in round 1), then 16 students would qualify for the semifinal round. (In case of ties, the 16 could be 17+. In any event, the number qualifying from semifinals to finals would remain at 6.)

Extemporaneous Speech (Domestic and Foreign)

Sec. 3 Preparation
A. Electronic devices may not be used to send or receive information from ANY source during the round, whether that source is inside or outside the room in which the competition occurs. Internet access, use of email, instant messaging of any sort, texting, or other means of receiving information from sources inside or outside the competition room is prohibited. It is the responsibility of the contestant to disable the communication ability of electronic devices.


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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