Rice Middle School Speech Club

Doing for fun what others fear more than death!

2016-2017 Tournament schedule:

September 24th @ Robinson M.S.

December 3rd @ Shepton M.S.

March 25th @ Vines H.S.

April 29th @ Murphy H.S.


Meetings will be on scheduled weekdays and you will be notified of them through the announcements and the Remind text or email that I will send. The week of tournament, I will be available to watch and critique your performance. I must watch your event in order for you to compete at tournament. You will need to sign up for a time to meet with me on the speech google site. The earlier, the better. If you wait until the Friday before tournament, I may not be able to see your event.

Tournament Events

A pattern: Public Forum Debate, Poetry, Dramatic Interpretation, Lip Sync

B Pattern: Oratory, Humorous Interpretation, Reader's Theatre, Musical Pantomime

C Pattern: Extemp, Prose, Duet Acting, Storytelling (6th graders only)

Read about each event and rules on our google site.....more on that later.

How does a tournament work?

Tournaments are all day....literally all day...you won't be able to do anything else that day.

There are 3 rounds for each event: prelims, semis and finals.

Your goal is to break out of each round and make it to finals (and hopefully place!)

Students may enter up to two events per pattern (except extemp and debate)

Wait, how do the sections work???

  • Each room or section has a either one judge (prelims) or a panel of judges (semis and finals)
  • The judge evaluates each performance and fills out a ballot for each competitor
  • The room is ranked in order of what the judge preferred

So, who advances?

  • The top 1-3 competitors in a prelims section (depending on the size of the event) advance to semis.
  • The top 2 in each semis round advance to finals.
  • The top 3 finalists are awarded trophies.

How do they decide what school wins the tournament?

  • Sweeps points are earned whenever students from your school advance to the next round and/or win a debate.
  • Debate win=2 pts. Semis=5 pts.
  • 1st Place=25 pts. 2nd Place=20 pts. 3rd Place=15 pts. 4-6 Place=10 pts.
  • The top 3 schools are awarded trophies.

Okay, I wanna do this....this is definitely for me....what do I do now?

Hop on over to the speech team site and click on Join the Team to fill out the google registration form

http://bit.ly/1NQcwJC (you must login to google using your pisd account)

You can also find A LOT more important information on our site.

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I registered, now what?

You will be notified that registration for a tournament is open through the announcements and through remind (more on that later), you will not be signed up for an event before registration opens. Registration for tournament will be completed through a google form that will be available on the speech team site.

Our team is only allowed 10 entries per event, per tournament. First come, first served.

Can I start preparing now?

Wow, what a great question! You are my favorite kind of person....one who takes the initiative and starts preparing for tournament in advance. It's a great idea to start familiarizing yourself with the events and rules and checking out the recommended pieces on our google site. Please don't expect me to provide you with a partner or group members. That is your responsibility. Start talking to people and planning your events and rehearsals for tournament NOW! Tournaments are very competitive and you will do well if you prepare!

Do I have to get my piece approved for tournament?

Yes! I must see your performance prior to a tournament. To sign up for a time to meet with me, click on the 'After School Practice' page on our site. A link is provided for you to sign up for a time to meet with me in order to have your piece(s) critiqued.

My parents and I need help remembering stuff....can you help?

I am so glad you asked!

I will be using www.remind.com to send out reminder texts for pertinent information regarding tournaments and meetings that come up during the school year. If you and your parents would like to receive these messages please follow the following instructions. Please make sure that you are entering the correct code!

To receive notifications by text:

1. Send a text to this number: 81010

2. With this code in the message box: @ricespeech

To receive notifications by email:

1. Send an email to ricespeech@mail.remind.com.

2. To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line.

You can also follow us on Twitter at RiceMSSpeech

Anything else?

  • It is very important to read over your event rules (otherwise you could be disqualified)
  • You have a 30 second "grace period" should you go over your time
  • Ballots will be handed out the Monday following the tournament
  • Do not enter a room if a judge is not present
  • Inform the judge in both rooms that you are crossentered (competing in two events within one pattern
  • Tournaments are closed campus events, don't invite friends to hang out
  • Conduct yourself professionally
  • Don't leave early...go and watch events and learn!

Pick Up after Tournament

Students must have their ride waiting at the school no later than 5:30 P.M. following a speech tournament. Students who get picked up late will not be allowed to compete at the next tournament and are subject to removal from the club.

Middle School Debate Clinic

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Who can come: Middle School students, parents and teachers; high school students, parents, and teachers

Where: Lecture Hall, Plano Senior High School (middle of Building B); 2200 Independence Parkway, Plano, Texas 75075

When: 4:30-6:15pm, Tuesday, August 30th

What is included: Instruction, Demonstration debate by Plano Senior High School debaters on this year’s middle school topic