The Handbook is now available for download, and is also linked on the “Directory, Handbook, and Ballots” page.
The following is a summary of rules changes in this year’s handbook. The full text of the changes are in red, bold, underlined type in the Handbook.
- The handbook includes several new sections, including sections on timesignals, sources, and debate evidence; the table of contents also includes sections dividing Speech events by division.
- We have a set of timesignals which students, coaches and judges should learn and use. Time signals may be requested in all events, and are required in Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu, and Improv. Duo.
- The rule on sources for pieces has been given its own section, rather than being repeated multiple times; it is included by reference in all events concerned.
- It is now clear that students may time themselves in Broadcast Announcing.
- Declamation is available to all Junior Division competitors and Senior Division 9th and 10th graders only.
- In Poetry, Prose, and POI, the rule on movement has been changed to allow upper body movement, as well as bending and weight shifts in the lower body. Walking-about and pivoting are prohibited.
- In Debate, evidence must follow NSDA rules for the current year, as a general rule. Automatic disqualification is not required, however, and some minor procedural differences exist.
- Congress parliamentarians and judges may be from the same school as competitors in the chamber; but no more than one judge/parli per chamber may be from the same school.