After consultation with the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that the State Tournaments this year will operate under a suspension of the rules which will benefit coaches, competitors, and judges.
All Speech Rounds will contain five or six competitors; six is the preferred value. Events with sections of both five and six will have all scores truncated to 5 (so 6s will become 5s). (Tiebreaker rules for Semis and Finals remain unchanged).
This plan will help us stay on time. Rooms of seven will delay us all, especially on Friday night.