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2017 Debate

Activity Administration:
  • Debate currently has no limitations on Start Date, First Contest Date, or Maximum Number of Contests. We encourage schools to create a schedule that works best for coaches and students.
  • The Speech season can overlap with One Act Play, Music Contests, and winter sports and we encourage coaches/directors work with each other to give kids the opportunity to participate in multiple interests.
  • The MSHSL Speech begins at sub-section. Regular season contests and invitationals do not need to meet the same requirements for registered judges or need to follow the MSHSL rules, although encouraged for consistency.
  • Speech students are not bound by Bylaw 111 (Transfer and Residence)
  • Administrators need to verify student eligibility, but currently do not need to fill out the Eligibility Verification Form.
  • Judging:
  • All Sub-Section, Section and State Contests require MSHSL registered judges. For more information on being a judge, click here.
  • Current Judging Certification Clinics will be posted on this page under NEWS.
  • Having qualified judges is important to the integrity of the contests. It is getting harder and harder to get out of school to judge contests and Spring is such a busy time that sometimes contests need to be scheduled on weekdays. If it helps, we have a letter of support you could give your administration to participate in weekday contests.
  • Current Rules:
  • Current Rules and Policies are posted accessible from this page. See Rules and Policies link below.
  • If coaches have any questions regarding rules, selection placement, or other issues they are encouraged to contact Cliff Janke as early as possible. We have compiled and will continue to update Questions and Answers regarding issues and rulings we have issued to date in hopes this information will help other coaches and contest rules committees. See the link to Speech Questions and Answers below.
  • Contact Information:
     Cliff Janke - MSHSL Speech Clinician, CJanke@fairmont.k12.mn.us

    Chris Franson - MSHSL Staff, cfranson@mshsl.org
  • Admission to the State Tournament is free.
  • Media can contact Chris Franson for more information in advance or at the site.
  • 2015-2016 Team Champions:
  • Lincoln-Douglas: Arvind Velluvali, Edina
  • Policy: Dan Bannister & Ian Dill, St. Paul Highland Park
  • Public Forum: Adnan Askari & Sarah Wheaton, St. Paul Academy

  • Debate Topics (Updated 12/12)
  • Judging Clinic for Speech and OAP
  • Competitive Section Assignments
  • Rules and Policies
  • Additional Resource for Debate Topics
  • Letter of Support for Fine Arts Activities
  • National Federation Speech-Debate Page
  • Sanction Form-Interstate Fine Arts Event
  • Yearbook and Record Book

    State Tournament Info
    January 13 - 14,  2017
    University of MN
    Tournament Related Files
    Previous Years Results
      DEB Strike Sheet LD
      DEB Strike Sheet PD
      DEB Strike Sheet PF
      Debate Schedule - Updated 1/8
      Lincoln-Douglas Bracket
      Lincoln-Douglas Packet
      Policy Bracket
      Policy Packet
      Public Forum Bracket
      Public Forum Packet
      Section Managers Guide

    Section Tournaments
    (B indicates a Bracket is available)
    Sec. Date Site B
    3 TBD TBD  
    4 January 8-9, 2016 TBD  
    5 2017 - Section 5
    Register: 2:30 pm Begin @ 3:00 pm

    East Ridge High School  
    6 2017- Section 6
    Register: 2:30 pm Begin @ 3:00 pm

    East Ridge High School  

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