Speech Contests FAQ

  1. An area with five clubs has one club that is not in good standing. Can the clubs in good standing in that area send two contestants to the area contest?
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  2. Are contestants required to have completed a minimum number of manual speeches to participate in a speech contest?
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  3. What does it mean that "a member serving as a chief judge, voting judge or tiebreaking judge beyond the club level for a contest in which the member is still competing or intends to compete" is ineligible?
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  4. What is a contest functionary? Can they serve more than one role?
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  5. Can a member compete in two area contests if the areas are in different divisions or districts?
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  6. Can a member serve as a contest chair at one contest and compete in another?
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  7. What does the rulebook mean when it says a speech must be “substantially original”?
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  8. Who is ineligible to compete in any speech contest?
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  9. What happens if I pay my dues on time, but my club treasurer does not submit my dues to World Headquarters by November 30?
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  10. Should judges remain anonymous?
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  11. Does the chief judge act as a judge over the contestants?
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  13. Can members be charged an entry fee in order to compete in a speech contest?
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  14. What are the rules regarding usage of music, media or props in a speech?
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  15. What are the guidelines regarding video or audio recording of a speech contest?
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