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Speech & Drama Announcements

2015-16 Speech & Drama Rule Changes

Changes adopted by the KSHSAA Executive Board and published in the 2015-16 Debate, Speech & Drama manual:

Lincoln-Douglas Debate (Friday April 29, 2016)

  1. If the tournament has 24 or more entries at registration, there shall be four preliminary rounds and quarterfinals on Friday, and semifinals and finals on Saturday.
  2. If a quarterfinal round is held, the top eight debaters shall advance. If no quarterfinal round is held, the top four debaters shall advance to semifinals.

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.

Definition of Published
Selections must come from literature that is published and copyrighted. “Published” literature shall be defined as any material that is available to the general public with the exception of original material published by local high school publications such as a newspaper, literary magazine, or yearbook. Scripts from the Internet are acceptable if they include:

  1. A receipt or photocopy of the receipt of purchase for the complete work from commercial sources, or
  2. Proof of current Internet source’s existence, such as its inclusion on an electric-reader or indication of valid URL. << continue >>


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