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.

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