Please do keep the rules comments coming in. They will be very helpful for our Judges’ meetings.
I want to stress that it is expected that Judges will follow THIS YEAR’S RULES, not the rules from one, five, or twenty years ago; even if the ‘old rule’ was “better”, it’s NOT the rule for this year. Please reinforce this with your judges.
One example of issues I’m hoping NOT to have: Impromptu performer preps on a legal pad, but uses no notes at all during speech. Judge marks competitor down for not prepping on 3×5 card, even though the rule clearly states: Students may use multiple note cards and/or paper to plan speeches during the preparation time before speaking begins.