Coaches Convention and Judge Training

Today was the annual ASDCA Coaches Convention.  Congratulations to Beth Clarke on her election as ASDCA President.  John Wolnisty was reelected Treasurer.  Kevin Berlat was elected to complete the current Public Relations term.  The first AIA Committee meeting will be September 16.  Forward any issues to President Clarke by September 4th for consideration.

In addition, there are several judge trainings available.  Tempe Preparatory Academy will hold a judge training on September 14, at 6:30 PM.  Contact John Wolnisty at for more information.  Mountain View High School will hold their training on September 15, also at 6:30 PM.  Contact  Finally, Mesquite High will have a judge training on September 29th at 6:00 PM.  Cassie Alber will be able to give you more information at  All are welcome at all judge trainings.  We encourage you to get as many of your judges and parents trained as possible.  The more judges, the merrier!

1 Week to Go!

Hello everyone!

We have one week to go before our 2015 ASDCA Coaches Convention.  If you haven’t signed up yet, or let Kevin know that you are coming, please do so soon.  Don’t forget to order your lunches.  Go to for the registration website.

The 2015-2016 Tournament Handbook has been published and is available here:  15-16 Speech and Debate Rulesbook

We will go over the major and minor changes in the rules during the convention.

New coaches, don’t forget that we have our New Coaches Meeting at Mountain View High School this Saturday, 8/22. If you haven’t talked to Meg Howell yet, email her at

See you all soon!

Welcome to 2015-16

Dear Coaches,

Welcome to the new school year.  We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2015 ASDCA Coaches Convention which will be held at Barry Goldwater High School on August 29th.  Details and registration are available at

In addition, for our new coaches, there is a New Coach Workshop on August 22nd at Mountain View High School.  Details are available on the convention website.  Register by emailing Meg Howell-Haymaker at

Our Rotating Event for the year is Thematic Oral Interpretation.  The details are below:

Arizona Speech and Debate Coaches Association


Thematic Oral Interpretation Event Description: TOI is a program of oral interpretation of thematically-linked selections chosen from two or three genres: prose, poetry, drama (plays), and non-fiction.

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 three pieces of literature that represent at least two separate genres must be used. The use of a manuscript is required.  No more than 100 transition words (not including the introduction) may be added to the performance.

Time Limit: 10 minutes max with a 30 second grace period.

Sources must meet all AIA 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.