GGSA Individual Events 2 Online

2020 — Online, CA/US

Golden Gate Speech Association



Morning Announcements

Welcome to GGSA IE 2! We are so excited you are all with us today. You will find the competition rooms and the Judge Lounge are located in the GGSA IE 2 wings at Pairings will be posted above around 8:30 a.m. Review the resources linked to the right --->

Mandatory Extemp Meeting at 8:00 a.m. All IX and NX speakers, please report to the NX room at 8:00 a.m.

Judges, please be in the Judge Lounge by 8:30 a.m. for announcements and instructions. Even if you are an experienced judge, we need you to attend. Review the judge instructions and event information to be prepared.

Competitors, pairings will publish around 8:30 a.m. with rounds scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. Do not expect the judge to be ready before 9:00 a.m. If the judge and all competitors are present before 9:00, you may begin. Please designate one person in the room to send a help desk ticket if the judge is not present by 9:05. Please don't send a ticket before then. There is no need to come to the judge or tab room to report a missing judge. Tournament officials will be stopping by the rooms to briefly check to see if the rounds are underway.

We hope you have a great day! We've missed hearing your voices. 



Your GGSA and CHSSA dues must be paid by November 15 in order to compete in any GGSA tournaments after that date.  

GGSA dues invoice can be found on the GGSA website.  Questions about GGSA dues should be directed to GGSA treasurer Terry Abad: 

CHSAA dues from last year were rolled over to this year. You can check your school's status on the GGSA website. Questions about your CHSSA dues should be directed to CHSSA treasurer Neil Barembaum:



Remember, this tournament has a registration deadline the day after Thanksgiving, please try to have your students sign up before the school break.  

GGSA Member Schools,

On Saturday, December 5, 2020 the Golden Gate Speech Association will be hosting Individual Events 2 online using the tournament platform.

Coaches are responsible for ensuring their competitors are familiar with and follow the 2020-21 amended CHSSA rules for online speech.

Please review the GGSA Individual Events tournament format. With online tournaments, all students must be linked in to their school. Students may request to be linked or coaches can add the student's email themselves. See help for more information. 


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.

  • Entries must entered here on by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2020, at which time entry fees will be assessed. All entries made by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2020 will be admitted to the tournament. Late entries will be wait-listed and accepted as space is available.

  • Students competing in asynchronous events will need to have their piece uploaded to the website by TBD by 5:00 p.m.
  • Drops that are made by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 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, December 2, 2020.

  • 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 have one adult online throughout the tournament - usually the coach/advisor - to assist with the running of the tournament. Tournament directors will communicate many assignments in advance, but all coaches/advisors are asked to pitch-in on the day! 

  • Coaches/Advisors must handle any communication between the tournament directors and students. No students may be listed on the school contact page and we request that the coaches/advisors act as the point person between the school and league.
  • Note the deadlines and drop fees. 

Tournament Logistics

  • Coaches/Advisors, check in with the tab room/online registration before 8:15 a.m.

  • Extemp will mandatory meeting in Extemp Prep at 8:00 a.m. 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. They may be more comfortable with a large screen or two devices to watch the round and type their comments/ballots in

  • 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.

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

Student Expectations

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


  • Every team must fulfill their judging requirement of one judge for every seven entries. If you have eight entries, you need two judges. More judges would be highly encouraged. It will allow for lower judging burdens and less screen time.

  • 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.

  • Judges should use 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