Arizona’s Rotating Event: Declamation!

Our new event this year is Declamation, also called Oratorical Interpretation.


 Freshman and Sophomore competitors only.

8 minutes maximum, with a 30 second grace period, including an introduction, just like an interp performance.

Competitors take a publically presented speech, or a published essay, and present it as if they were the speaker.  The cliche example is a student performing “I Have A Dream” as if they were Martin Luther King Jr.  The material must come from printed published sources (such as editorials, essays, speeches), it should be persuasive or inspirational in nature and it should have literary merit.

The year is starting…

It is time to get started.  Time for a new beginning to our organization and for a new competitive year.  Over the past year, we have worked to reorganize, become an official non-profit, and modernize the organization.  At the convention on September 6, we will vote to (hopefully) formally approve our new articles of organization and become the Arizona Speech and Debate Coaches Association.  Our board has already agreed on this change, and we ask for your support.  The convention website is open and is at

The payment information has changed, so make sure you read the invitation carefully.  If you have any questions, then email me at

See you there!  

Good Luck, and some updates…

Wish our Arizona students luck at the Tournament of Champions this weekend at the University of Kentucky.  You can follow their success at  We have the potential to do great things.

This is the first of a series on next year’s changes as adopted by the AIA Speech and Debate Advisory Committee:

Duo Acting will become Duet Acting.  This name is accepted by the National Speech and Debate Association for student credit points.  Costumes and props will no longer be allowed.  Students will get a table and 2 chairs to work with, but, for safety reasons, they may no longer get on top of the table whether it is by sitting, standing, or laying.  We are also reinforcing the current rule in the handbook which states that literature in Duo (Duet) Acting must be written for the theater, either as a full length play, a one-act, or a scene.  These changes will go into effect in 2014-2015.

A proposal which will go before the Coaches Convention in September would limit Duet Acting to Freshman or Sophomore competitors only.  That will require debate and a vote at the convention before being adopted.

Get ready for next year!

There are many exciting things coming our way.  I will have much to tell you over the next few weeks.  For now, here is the current tournament schedule for 2014-2015.  it can be found on our page, and also downloaded here: 14-15 Tournament Calendar.  Let me know as soon as possible if there are any errors.

Time for Arizona to Brag!

In the last month, there is plenty for Arizona to be proud of:

Congratulations to our very own Meg Howell for being awarded the National Federation of High Schools Section 7 Speech, Debate, and Theater Educator of the Year award.  Section 7 represents Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, and Hawaii.  Meg was our state award winner and was selected from among the Section state winners for the Section award.  Congratulation Meg!

Hamilton High School won the International Public Policy Forum World Championship, sponsored by the Bickle and Brewer Foundation.  The contest started off with case submissions, featured a few rounds of online debates, and finished with face-to-face debates in New York City, defeating Hathaway Brown High School from Ohio in the final.

Our National Qualifier tournament selected the best of Arizona to represent us in Overland Park, Kansas this summer.  Thirteen schools will represent Arizona.  In addition, Carlos Ochoa from Brophy becomes Arizona’s first 4-time qualifier.  Congratulations!

Arizona’s state tournaments were contested in Mid-March.  Brophy College Prep won the Division 1 Sweepstakes, and Catalina Foothills High School won Division 2.  Congratulations to all who attended!

Upcoming, we have the Debate and Individual Events Tournaments of Champions in late April and early May, followed by Nationals in June. Keep it up Arizona!

Updates and Opportunities

As we reach the end of the regular season, there are a few opportunities available for coaches and students:

For coaches, the American Forensics Association (college and university) National Tournament is coming to ASU on April 5-7. You can sign up to be a hired judge and see the best speech and debate that the college world has to offer. Email for more information.

Our state and national qualifier tournaments are coming up soon. Check for more information. Make sure to sign up for the correct division state tournament. If you have any question about which division you are in, contact me. The NFL (NSDA) Congress and Speech/Debate Qualifiers have specific rules and specific paperwork which must be completed prior to registration. Read the invitations carefully. Contact Meg Howell with any questions.

Schedule Changes

Apache Junction has canceled their tournament (Feb. 22). SWSDI, State, and the NFL Qualifier Tournaments are still upcoming. Keep your eyes posted to for more details and the tournament invitations.


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