2021 — NSDA Campus, TX/US
A novice is defined as a student in their first year of competition in any speech or debate event.
A. Prose: Selection(s) must be from a published work (or published works) and must be read from a folder. Published can mean traditionally printed, commercially available E-Books or PDFs, or material from approved websites as designated by the National Speech and Debate Association. The list of NSDA approved websites may be found at https://www.speechanddebate.org/approved-websites/. Selections cannot be taken from plays. A memorized introduction stating the title(s) and author(s) is required. Maximum time is seven minutes with a thirty-second grace period. Overtime violators SHALL NOT be ranked first in the round by the judge. Any other penalty is at the discretion of the judge. Judges may consider audience reaction and its impact on official time before enforcing any overtime penalty.
B. Poetry: The rules shall be the same as Prose, except that the literature must be poetic in nature.