Speech & Drama
Speech & Drama

Speech & Drama Announcements

2019-20 Speech Classifications

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

November 1, 2018
Sec. 4. State Qualifications (page 27) Added language.

e. Like Events (DI and SSA or HI and HSA or DUO and Duet Acting and Informative Speech and Informative Speaking 10)—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. A student who qualifies for Informative Speech in an invitational tournament may enter Informative Speaking 10 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.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
Last evening the KSHSAA Board of Directors voted 61-0 in favor of adding the underlined language (NOTE) below to Article 8 in the KSHSAA Handbook. This rule change was surveyed in 2017-18 by the KSCA and was overwhelmingly passed by all Kansas speech coaches and the KSHSAA Executive Board. Handbook policy changes must be voted on by the entire board of directors, which is what took place last night. This new rule addition will be applied for this school year, 2018-19.

Art. 8: No student shall represent his or her school in more than eight speech festivals or tournaments in addition to the regional and state festival or championship. Included in these festivals and tournaments shall be speech activities identified in the KSHSAA Debate, Speech & Drama Manual as being under the jurisdiction of the Association held as festivals, tournaments or meets and sponsored by member schools or outside agencies. (See Rule 47-2-7.)

NOTE: Each student is limited to seven competitive speech events, except that should his or her school host a league or invitational tournament, then he or she may participate in eight competitive speech events. If a school attempts to host a tournament and is unable to do so, it may appeal to the Executive Board for a waiver of this regulation to permit its students to enter eight competitive speech events. (Events in this particular rule change refers to invitational tournaments)

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 2019-20 Debate, Speech & Drama Manual:

Entry Fees
The SP-2 card will continue to be used for regional speech festival assignments, but the $10 fee with the card was eliminated. The following are new speech fees:

Ballots - $.40 each
Regional Festival, State Festival & State Championship individual event fees - $12 each
One-Act Play remains $10 per student, maximum of $50

Regional & State Festivals
Added Program Oral Interpretation to festival events

Speech Events
Added rules that were established after last year’s Debate, Speech & Drama Manual was printed for Informative 10 and Program Oral Interpretation.

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. [Continue]


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Speech Champions







Lawrence-Free State HS

Kansas City-Sumner Academy


St. George-Rock Creek


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