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Listed below by category are the Speech and debate events which NJSDL competitors may choose to compete in. To learn more about a particular event, scroll below for a description as well as sample ballots, and showcase videos for select events.

National Speech Events

At the State and Scholarship Tournaments, the NJSDL runs 6 National Speech Events.

International Extemporaneous Speaking (IX)

Each student shall prepare a speech of not less than four nor more than seven minutes on one of three topics drawn at random. Students will receive thirty minutes of preparation time before being called on to speak. References to books and magazines, but not previously prepared notes, may be made during the preparation period. No notes may be used during the presentation.

Questions in this topic will pertain to the domestic and foreign policies of other nations, as well as the foreign policy of the United States. Cross-examination may be used during the Final Round.

Extemp Sample Ballot
Extemp Master Ballot

For now, IX and DX Ballots are identical. FEW TOURNAMENTS MAKE THE SEPARATION BETWEEN DX AND IX.

Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking (DX)

Each student shall prepare a speech of not less than four nor more than seven minutes on one of three topics drawn at random. Students will receive thirty minutes of preparation time before being called on to speak. References to books and magazines, but not previously prepared notes, may be made during the preparation period. No notes may be used during the presentation.

Questions in this topic will pertain United States domestic and foreign policy. Cross-examination may be used during the Final Round.

Dramatic Interpretation (DI)

Each student shall take no less than five nor more than ten minutes to present, from memory, a dramatic reading which may be complete or excerpted from a longer reading. Original selections may not be used, and published selections of merit will be required. In order that this event be correctly understood as an exercise in interpretation and not solo acting, the use of properties is not permitted. A copy of the printed selection must be available for inspection by the Executive Board.

All NJSDL rules apply to this event, including sources for cuttings.

DI Sample Ballot
DI Master Ballot

Humorous Interpretation (HI)

Each student shall take no less than five nor more than ten minutes, including audience reaction, to present from memory, a humorous reading which may be complete or excerpted from a longer reading. Original selections may not be used, and published selections of merit will be required. In order that this event be correctly understood as an exercise in interpretation and not solo acting, the use of properties is not permitted. A copy of the printed selection must be available for inspection by the Executive Board.

All NJSDL rules apply to this event, including sources for cuttings.

HI Sample Ballot
HI Master Ballot

Duo Interpretation (DUO)

Each student team shall take no less than five nor more than ten minutes, including audience reaction, to present from memory, a dialogue from a published source. Original selections may not be used, and published selections of merit will be required. In order that this event be correctly understood as an exercise in interpretation and not duet acting, the use of properties is not permitted. Each partner may present one or multiple characters. A copy of the printed selection must be available for inspection by the Executive Board.

All NJDSL rules apply to this event, including sources for cuttings.

DUO Sample Ballot
DUO Master Ballot

Original Oratory (OO)

Each student shall take no less than five nor more than ten minutes to deliver, from memory, a speech written entirely by himself/herself on a topic of his/her own choosing. The total number of quoted words may not exceed 150. A neat, typed copy of the original oration, with quoted material highlighted, must be brought to the contest by the contestant.

All NJSDL rules apply to this event

OO Sample Ballot
OO Master Ballot

Debate Events

Debate (sometimes called “Policy Debate” or “Team Debate” or “CX Debate”) and Lincoln-Douglas Debate have three divisions–Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Novice; Public Forum will offer Open and Novice Divisions.

Debate

Debate follows the format and rules put forth by the National Forensic League. At the NJSDL States and Scholarship Tournaments, we use the National topic published by the NFL for the current school year. The time constraints for Debate competition at these Tournaments are:

* 8 minute constructives
* 3 minute cross-examination
* 5 minute rebuttals.
* 5 minute running prep time

Lincoln Douglas Debate

LD follows the format and rules put forth by the National Forensic League. At the NJSDL States and Scholarship Tournaments, we use the NFL Topic for March-April. The time constraints for Lincoln-Douglas competition at these Tournaments are:

* 6 minute Affirmative constructive
* 3 minute Cross-Examination of the Affirmative by the Negative
* 7 minute Negative constructive
* 3 minute Cross-Examination of the Negative by the Affirmative
* 4 minute 1st Affirmative rebuttal
* 6 minute Negative rebuttal
* 3 minute 2nd Affirmative rebuttal
* 5 minutes running prep time

Public Forum Debate

PF follows the format and rules set by the National Forensic League. At the NJSDL States and Scholarship Tournaments, we use the March topic for PF debate established by the NFL. The time constraints for Public Forum, including prep time, are those stated on the ballot.

The official PF ballot describes the coinflip procedures and the time constraints.

Student Congress

Student Congress emulates the legislative process. Students debate legislation in a group setting under parliamentary guidelines.

Ballot for Congress

New Jersey Speech and Debate League Events

At the State and Scholarship Tournaments, we run five New Jersey Events. Rules and information pertaining to these events can be found below. Additional rules are contained on the Master Ballots

Declamation (DEC)

Each student shall take not less than five nor more than ten minutes to present from memory all or part of an oration prepared and delivered previously by some person other than himself/herself. A copy of the printed selection must be available for inspection by the Executive Board.

The original speaker and the setting of the speech will be stated in the introduction.

DEC Sample Ballot
DEC Master Ballot

 

 

Impromptu Speech (IMP)

Each student shall not take more than seven minutes, divided as the contestant chooses between preparation, to deliver a scene based on one of three topics drawn at random. The scene may be delivered as a monologue or as a dialogue between multiple characters.

IMP Sample Ballot
IMP Master Ballot

Improvisational Acting (IPV)

Each student shall not take more than seven minutes, divided as the contestant chooses between preparation, to deliver a scene based on one of three topics drawn at random. The scene may be delivered as a monologue or as a dialogue between multiple characters.

IPV Sample Ballot
IPV Master Ballot

 

Program Oral Interpretation Event Description: POI

Each student creates a  program of oral interpretation of thematically-linked selections chosen from two or three genres: prose, poetry, drama (plays). A primary focus of this event should be on the development of the theme or argument through the use of narrative, story, language, and/or characterization. Competitors are encouraged to devote approximately equal times to each of the genres used in the program. At least two pieces of literature that represent at least two separate genres must be used. The use of a manuscript is required. Time Limit: 10 minutes max with a 30 second grace period. Sources must meet all Association Interp rules for publication.

Program Oral Interpretation Judging Criteria: An introduction should set the stage, enhancing the interpretation of the literature to the audience, providing information and analysis to the chosen theme. All selections must be verbally identified by title and author. However, where, when, and how these are accomplished are the speaker’s decisions.

POI Sample Ballot

Oral Interpretation Event: OI

OI Sample Ballot

Informative Speaking

Students deliver a self-written, ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Limited in their ability to quote words directly, Informative Speaking competitors craft a speech using evidence, logic, and optional visual aids. All topics must be informative in nature; the goal is to educate, not to advocate. The speech is delivered from memory.

Informative Speaking Ballot

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