BG Vette City Junior Virtual Speech Tournament
2021 — NSDA Campus, KY/US
In an effort ensure fairness in judging practices, KHSSL has standardized the point values given to student performances. Please use the following rubric in order to assign point values to each student performance. Students may not receive the same point value. Students may not receive more points than an individual more highly ranked. Judges are strongly encouraged to justify the reason for the rating on the ballot.
Excellent performance: Student/s demonstrated a great command of the performance and understanding of the material. Excellent use of speech habits (eye contact, gestures, vocal clarity, very few stumbles, etc.). “I really liked this! I would definitely watch it again.”
Good performance: Student/s demonstrated a good command of the performance and understanding of the material. Good use of speech habits (eye contact, gestures, vocal clarity, a few stumbles, etc.). Student/s may lack a bit of energy or emotional variety. “Hey, this is pretty ok. I would watch this again.”
Average performance: Student/s somewhat demonstrated a command of the performance and understanding of the material. Some observation of speech habits (eye contact, gestures, vocal clarity, a few stumbles, etc.). Student/s lacks some energy or emotional variety. “I enjoyed this, but I bet it would be even better with a bit more practice. I would love to see the performance again in the future.”
Performance needs some improvement: Student/s demonstrated a little command of the performance and understanding of the material. Growth needed in basic speech habits (eye contact, gestures, vocal clarity, etc.) and/or quite a few stumbles. Student/s lacking energy or emotional variety in performance. “Definitely putting forth effort but needs a bit more practice. I would like to see this later in the season.”
79 and Below
Needs significant improvement: Student/s did not demonstrate a command of performance or understanding of the material. Good speech habits not practiced (little or no eye contact, lack of memorization, few or no gestures, vocal clarity problems, many stumbles, etc.). Student/s may have behaved inappropriately (inattentive, on phone, deliberately distracting, etc.). Student/s lacks energy or emotional variety. “I feel that this performance would benefit from additional coaching and/or the student/s may need some more time with the material.”
BROADCAST ANNOUNCING—Senior & Junior Divisions
In this event, students assume the role of a radio broadcast announcer. During all rounds of Broadcast Announcing, the judge may turn his or her back on the contestant while the contestant is actually performing. Eye contact is NOT a part of this event and should NEVER be part of a judge’s evaluation of the performance.
Competitors must remain outside the room until called to perform.
As each competitor finishes, the judge should collect the script except during Round II, and the student may leave. The judge then calls in the next contestant.
Students are permitted to time themselves during any Broadcast Announcing round.
Round I: COMMERCIAL. You will be given multiple copies of a commercial for a real or fictitious advertiser. Call one contestant into the room at a time, obtain the student's code number and name, and hand the student a script. The student has three minutes to prepare delivery. The judge times the three minutes of prep and notifies the student when he/she must begin. Student must present all of the copy as it appears in the script. Students are not allowed to alter the script in any way.
Round II: STUDENT PREPARED NEWS-SCRIPT. Each student has prepared, in advance, a news script using up-to-date material. Each competitor must provide a copy of the script to the judge. There is no requirement for particular types of stories to be included in the news script. An introduction, a sign-off and a brief commercial must be included in the broadcast. Delivery of the script should last for three minutes, with a 15 second grace period both above and below the time limit.
Round III: TOURNAMENT-PREPARED NEWS-SCRIPT. Competitors have had fifteen minutes to prepare delivery of a news-broadcast. They will be sent from the Prep. room at roughly five-minute intervals. Competitors must present all of the copy as it appears in the script, but must add an introduction and sign off, and adding transitions is permitted. This round has no set time but record the time for competitor information.
Quarterfinal/Semifinal/Final Rounds. NEWS PROGRAM. Competitors have had 30 minutes to prepare a five-minute broadcast. They should have edited the copy and added an impromptu commercial per the prompt in the copy-packet. An introduction, transitions, and signoff are required. Competitors may use timers; the judge may NOT give time signals. There is a fifteen second grace period, after which the student must be dropped in rank/rating.
Criteria For Judging
Did the announcer communicate the ideas contained in the material? Did the announcer's mood relate to the content? In news programs, did the announcer employ good transitions?
Speech and Voice Habits
Was the announcer's voice quality pleasing -- not breathy, nasal, strident, or thin? Was the pitch normal -- not too high, too low, or monotonous? Was the rate varied -- not too fast, too slow, or monotonous? Was the inflection normal -- not too much, too little, or monotonous? Was the phrasing and pausing adequate -- not poorly placed or jerky? Was the articulation pedantic, careless, or exaggerated? Did substitutions or added sounds occur? Were there pronunciation errors?
Audience Rapport/Management of Type of Broadcast
Did the announcer sound natural and enthusiastic in the presentation? Did the announcer relate to the audience appropriately for the type of broadcast? Did the arrangement of material flow? Was the choice of material appropriate and timely?