Platforms & Format
February 27, 2021 - we will run 3 synchronous preliminary rounds in all Speech events, the top 24 competitors will be announced and move forward to the final rounds on March 13th
March 13, 2021 - we will run a quarter-final, semi-final and final round
The state series will use Speechwire for tournament management and NSDA Campus for the video component.
All students and judges will need to create an account with Speechwire.com. For help on creating student accounts visit - https://youtu.be/dcGivaEKSuk
Topics & Materials
Broadcasting - available Feb. 22nd, 2021
Discussion - available Feb. 22nd, 2021
Extemp Topic Areas - available early Feb. 2021
Each school may enter up to four entries in each event, up to a total entry of forty.
Coaches will need to enter titles, publishers and copyright dates of any pieces used in Duo, Prose, Poetry (for each poem), POI, Drama, and Humorous. This information must be entered into Speechwire for the entry to be considered complete.
$6 per single event
$12 per duo event
Schools are required to provide one judge for every five entries. Coaches are able to designate a judge for only one of the dates or both dates.
Clean judges must have NO connection with your team (no parents, previous competitors, teachers at your school etc)
Each year the IHSFA presents three scholarship awards to recognize outstanding student participants in our organization. These awards, presented at the state debate and speech tournaments, honor three legendary Indiana coaches of speech and debate: Jim Hawker, Bob Brittain, and Bill Hicks. Recipients demonstrate speech and debate acumen, but they also exhibit positive mental attitude and fine character. According to the IHSFA Tournament Manual, each school entered into the state speech and debate tournaments may nominate a senior member who participates in the state tournament to be considered for the award.