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College of Central Florida Forensics (Speech and Debate)
What Events Do Students Compete In?

National Forensics Association Sanctioned Event Rules

Persuasion: A speech to convince, to move to action, or to inspire on a significant issue, delivered from memory. Minimum time is 10 minutes.

Debate classroomExtemporaneous: For each round, contestants will select one of three topics on current national and international events (economics, politics, or social issues). The contestant will have thirty minutes to prepare a five to seven minute speech on the topic selected. Notes are permissible. Maximum time is 7 minutes.

Impromptu: Contestants will receive short excerpts dealing with items of general interest, political, economic, and social issues. The contestant will have a total of seven minutes to divide between preparation and speaking. Students should speak for at least three minutes. All contestants in the same section shall speak on the same topic. Maximum time is 7 minutes.

Rhetorical Criticism: Contestants will deliver an original critical analysis of any significant rhetorical artifact. The speaker should limit the quotation of, paraphrasing of, or summary of, the analyzed artifact to a minimum. Any legitimate critical methodology is permissible as long as it serves to open up the artifact for the audience. The speech must be delivered from memory. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

Informative: The contestant will deliver an original factual speech on a realistic subject to fulfill a general information need of the audience. Visual aids that supplement/reinforce the message are permitted. The speech must be delivered from memory. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

After Dinner: Each contestant will present an original speech whose purpose is to make a serious point through the use of humor. The speech should reflect the development of a humorous comedic effort, not a standup comedy routine. The speech must be memorized. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

Classroom debateProse: The contestant will present a program of prose literature. Original introductory comments and transitional remarks are permitted. Programs may consist of single or multiple selections. Plays are not permitted. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

Poetry: The contestant will present a program of poetic literature. Original introductory comments and transitional remarks are permitted. Programs may consist of single or multiple selections. Manuscripts are required. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

Dramatic Duo: A cutting from a play, humorous or serious, involving the portrayal of two or more characters by two individuals. This is not an acting event. Thus, costumes, props, etc. are not permitted. Presentation must be from manuscript and focus should be off stage. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

Dramatic Interpretation: The contestant will perform dramatic literature, humorous or serious, that represents one or more characters from material of literary merit. This material may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio. Programs may consist of single or multiple sections. Manuscripts are required. Maximum 10 minutes.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate: One man (or woman) debate team which prepares affirmative and negative cases for a resolution established at the beginning of each school year or season. Individuals present evidence from timely sources which propose plans to address the resolution. Debaters must also establish a value into the argumentation.

Parliamentary Debate: Two-member teams are given 15 minutes of prep time to prepare a debate on a philosophical resolution. Format and etiquette generally follow that of the British Parliament.

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