IMPROMPTU SPEAKING COMPETITION RULES
Rule 1: All contestants speak about the same topic for between one and a half to two and a half minutes.
Rule 2: The topic must be of a general nature and must not require detailed or expert knowlege.
Rule 3: The Contest Chairperson will introduce each speaker in the competition before the competitions starts.
Rule 4: For each semi-final, there will be a timekeeper, three judges and a tie-breaker judge.
Rule 5: For the final, there will be a timekeeper, ten judges (each from a different school as far as is practical) and a tie-break judge.
Rule 6: Before the contest, the Contest Chairperson will brief the contestants, the timekeeper, the judges and the tie-break judge on the rules of the contest.
Rule 7: Before the contest, the contestants will hold a lottery to decide the speaking order.
Rule 8: If amplification is necessary, the contestants must follow the procedures set down on the day.
Rule 9: When the contest begins, all contestants, except the first, will leave the room. They are brought to a waiting room somewhere away from the competition venue where they cannot hear the first speech being made.
Rule 10: Once all competitors are outside, the topic is then read to the first contestant, who will speak for between one and a half to two and a half minutes on that topic.
Rule 11: The timekeeper will begin timing with the first definite verbal or non-verbal communication with the audience. This is usually the first word, but may include a sound effect or a dramatic gesture.
Rule 12: A green signal will be displayed when the contestant reaches one minute, a yellow signal at one and a half minutes and a red signal at two minutes (indicating that only 30 seconds remain before disqualification).
Rule 13: After each contestant finishes their speech, there will be one minute of silence between contestants, during which the Judges will mark their forms (Judging_Form.pdf).
Rule 14: After each speaker finishes a speech, the speaker can remain in the room to hear the remaining speeches.
Rule 15: Any contestant who speaks for less than one and a half minutes is disqualified.
Rule 16: Any contestant who speaks for more than two and a half minutes is disqualified.