GGSA Individual Events 1

2019 — Union City, CA/US

Welcome to IE 1

Important Locations

Extemp Prep -- Room 305

Judges -- The Spot (adjacent to the cafeteria)

Tab Room -- Faculty Lounge 

Awards -- Cafeteria



Golden Gate Speech Association

GSSA Member Schools,

On Saturday, October 19, 2019 the Golden Gate Speech Association will be hosting our first speech tournament of the year -- Individual Events 1 -- at James Logan High School, 1800 H Street, Union City, CA  94587.

Coaches are responsible for ensuring their competitors are familiar with and follow CHSSA rules for speech, which can be different from NSDA or invitationals. 

CHSSA By-laws see pages 35-43 2018-19 Rule Changes | GGSA By-Laws for Individual Events

Event & Registration Information

  • The tournament will offer CHSSA Individual Events:

    • Original Events include: Original Oratory, Expository (similar to NSDA’s Informative), Original Advocacy, Original Prose and Poetry,

    • Interpretive Events include: Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp, Program Oral Interpretation (formerly Thematic Interpretation), Duo Interp, and Oratorical Interp.

    • Limited Preparation Events include: National Extemp, International Extemp, and Impromptu

  • Double entry is not allowed at regular season GGSA IE tournaments.

  • There will be Varsity and Novice divisions in each event, if entry size allows. Students who have advanced to the final round in a novice division must compete in the varsity division of similar events such as interps, prepared speeches, and limited prepared speeches. For example, if a student was second in novice HI and then switched to duo they would not be able to compete as a novice. However, as a beginning speaker, they could try novice extemp.

  • There will be three preliminary rounds and a final round, unless a division is too small to warrant a final round. Trophies will be given in both Varsity and Novice divisions.

  • Entry fees are $10 per event, $20 per Duo team.

  • Please email Kimberly Fradelis if any participants have special needs, as we want to create an inclusive environment with access for all.

  • Entries must entered here on by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019, at which time entry fees will be assessed. All entries made by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 will be admitted to the tournament. Late entries will be wait-listed and accepted to the tournament, only if space is available. **NOTE. DUE TO THE BAY AREA PG&E POWER OUTAGES, THIS DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019.

  • Drops that are made by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, schools will be credited 50% of the entry fee for those drops. No credits will be issued for drops made after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

  • Drops on the day of the tournament slow the tournament down and can hurt the competition pool. Please drop students on this website or email Kimberly Fradelis the night before. We cannot accommodate adds or event changes the day of the tournament.

  • In addition to the judging requirement, every team must bring one adult - usually the coach - to assist with the running of the tournament. Tournament directors will communicate many assignments in advance, but all coaches are asked to pitch-in on the day!

  • Note the deadlines and drop fees. 

Tournament Logistics

  • Coaches, check in with the tab room by 8:15 a.m.

  • Extemp will draw at 8:30 a.m. and the first round will start at 9:00 a.m.

  • All ballots will be online. Remind judges to be prepared with devices to access the internet.

  • Judges need to be present for instructions and ballots assignment by 8:30 a.m.

  • A schedule is posted in the blue menu to the right; however, rounds will go off as soon as they are ready.

  • If judges are returning ballots on time, and doesn't go offline, the final round should begin by 2:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony beginning by 5:00 p.m.

  • Food will be provided for the students for a fee. Coaches and judges will have food provided for them at no cost. The complimentary food and beverages is for judges and coaches only.

Student Expectations

  • Students must show respect for the facility and each other.

  • Do not enter a room without a judge present.

  • No videos or use of phone allowed during the rounds.

  • Dress for the professional occasion. Ties, dress shoes, skirts/pant suits.


  • Every team must fulfill their judging requirement of one judge for every seven entries. If you have eight entries, you need two judges.

  • Please invite your judges to visit this page and preview the judging resources before the tournament. We recommend the CHSSA IE judging video and the NSDA and NFHS free course. Please check them out.

  • We will be using online ballots on for the first time. We will need "all hands on deck" helping our new-to-tabroom parents make this transition.

  • Judges should definitely bring an iPad or laptop to enter their ballots. While a phone may work, we are discovering that many judges are struggling to get their ballots fully submitted when they are on a phone.

Thank you for empowering students through speech! 


Kimberly Fradelis, 

Justin Kurup, 

GGSA Directors of Individual Events