Speech Contests FAQ

  1. Are 2021-2022 speech contests taking place in-person or online?
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  2. What are the guidelines for Districts conducting online speech contests?
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  3. Can my District change our selected contest format?
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  4. What are the guidelines regarding video or audio recording of a District speech contest?
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  5. Where can I find the dates and times of the speech contest in my Area, Division, or District?
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  6. What happens if I pay my dues on time but my club treasurer does not submit my dues to World Headquarters?
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  7. Can a member compete in two Area contests if the areas are in different Divisions or Districts?
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  8. Can a member serve as a contest chair at one contest and compete in another?
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  9. What is a contest official? Can they serve more than one role?
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  10. Who can be an alternate speaker?
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  11. Where can I find more information or resources on speech contests?
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  12. Should judges remain anonymous?
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  13. Does the chief judge’s role include judging contestants?
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  14. Who is ineligible to compete in any speech contest?
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. What does the rulebook mean when it says a speech must be “substantially original?”
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  19. Are contestants required to have completed a minimum number of speeches, projects, or levels to participate in a speech contest?
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  20. Can members be charged an entry fee in order to compete in a speech contest?
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  21. What are the rules regarding usage of music, media, or props in a speech contest speech?
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