Speech & Drama
Speech & Drama

Speech & Drama Announcements

2016-17 Speech & Drama Rule Changes

Changes adopted by the KSHSAA Executive Board and published in the 2016-17 Debate, Speech & Drama manual:

1. Permit electronic reading devices for prose and poetry by adding the following language to the manual.

  • Section 3 Selection (a) “Printed” shall be interpreted to mean the printed manuscript, a typewritten copy, or a word processed copy. The use of a printed manuscript on an electronic reading device or tablet computer is allowed. (e) No properties shall be allowed, including electronic or computer-generated sound effects or visuals.

2.Add a new grievance procedure for the State Championship by adding the following language to the manual (as a new section G):

  • G. When the list of titles (for performance at State) comes from KSHSAA, any coach with a protest regarding publication or genre has until the Tuesday noon before the Saturday of the State Tournament to file that protest with the tournament manager. For the challenge, the coach must provide some proof of non-compliance with publication guidelines or event guidelines. To prove publication and/or genre compliance, the responding coach need provide only one source of verification. The decision of the grievance committee will be rendered within 24 hours of filing and shall be considered final.

Electronic readers may not be used in Poetry/Prose
In the speech manual Poetry/Prose section on page 32 under Sec. 4 it states: "Performances must be from a manuscript (which may be in a folder). Reading from a book or magazine is not permitted." Also, no electronic devices are allowed in performance rooms by participants with the exception of Lincoln-Douglas debate. Thus reading from an electronic reader or device would not be legal in Poetry/Prose at this point in time. [Continue]


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