April 2019 KHSSL Update

Hello KHSSL members and friends!


At this link please find the Summary of Discussion from the Board meeting in Louisville April 13.   The agenda was quite long, so many items were tabled to the follow-up meeting, which will be held in Murray June 1.


Among the highlights of the April 13 meeting:


* A revision to the 1/100 rule in Speech events plus a guideline system for how to award ratings points at tournaments. See the revised points document we passed at the link.


* The State Debate tournament is now open to all grades, not just Senior High. This also means that anyone who has competed in Debate in a prior year (no matter what grade) will be ineligible to compete in Novice Debate. The Board is hopeful this will not only encourage more participation in Debate at the state tournament but also settle any questions about who’s a Novice and who isn’t.


* The Board is pursuing how to become a 501c3 organization plus what is involved in hiring an employee with possible action on these taken at next meeting.


A draft of next year’s tournament schedule is posted on the KHSSL website and will be updated as members suggest other dates (Bardstown High School has moved its date from November to January already in the two weeks since the Board meeting). We are still working on setting dates for Senior Debate and Senior Speech, and we welcome tournaments being added to the calendar, so if you have ever thought about hosting one, the Board promises to provide you help to do so.


I’m also linking the plus the next meeting agenda. If you have other items the Board needs to address, please email khsslboard@gmail.com by Memorial Day.


I wish everyone a great end to the school year. May the Words be with you!


Yours —


Steve Meadows, on behalf of the Kentucky High School Speech League Board of Directors

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