HSL09 March Speech Oahu District Congress Tournament

2021 — NSDA Campus, HI/US


 WHAT:                                      STATE QUALIFYING SPEECH TOURNAMENT – Oahu District Speech

 WHERE:                                   NSDA Campus (for Congress) and Asynchronous for Speech

 WHEN:                                      Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Saturday, March 6, 2021

 ENTRY DEADLINE:           Wednesday, February 24, 2021          for entries and Congressional bills

                                                      Thursday, March 4, 2021                       for Participant Release forms, orations, oratory/ informative speaking verification forms, and interp verification form

 PARTICIPATION:               Open to all HSL member schools on Oahu that have paid their HSL membership dues and submitted their signed membership form.


1.       STORYTELLING (ST): No manuscripts may be used. Presentations must be prefaced by an introduction that includes the title and author of the selection. Selections must be from published sources. Students are encouraged to use the floor space. MAXIMUM TIME: 8 minutes.

2.       PROGRAM ORAL INTERPRETATION (POI): Manuscripts must be used.  Presentations must be prefaced by an introduction that includes the titles and authors of each selection. Selections must be from published sources and be chosen from at least two genres: prose, poetry, drama.. MAXIMUM TIME: 10 minutes.

3.       HUMOROUS (HI), DRAMATIC (DI) and DUO (DUO) INTERPRETATION: Manuscripts cannot be used.  Presentations must be prefaced by an introduction that includes the title and author of the selection.  Selections must be from published sources. MAXIMUM TIME: 10 minutes.

4.       ORIGINAL ORATORY (OO) and INFORMATIVE SPEAKING (INF): Manuscripts cannot be used; presentations must come exclusively from memory. Manuscripts must be the original work of the student and copies of orations must be submitted to the Tournament Director by the deadline. No more than 150 words of the oration may be direct quotations from any other source.  MAXIMUM TIME: 10 minutes.

5.       IMPROMPTU SPEAKING (IS): Topics will include quotations, sayings, one-word items, personalities in the news, song titles, etc. Notes are NOT permitted during the delivery of the speech. PREPARATION TIME: 5 minutes.  MAXIMUM TIME: 5 minutes.

6.       U.S. EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING (USX): Topics will cover U.S. foreign policy and U.S. domestic issues. Notes are NOT permitted during the delivery of the speech. PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes. MAXIMUM TIME: 7 minutes.

7.       INTERNATIONAL EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING (IX): Topics will cover foreign policies and actions of many countries, including the United States. Notes are NOT permitted during the delivery of the speech.  PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes. MAXIMUM TIME: 7 minutes.

8.       CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE (CNG): A mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills and resolutions, which they and their peers later debate and vote to pass into law.

 REGISTRATION:  Registration must be processed using https://www.tabroom.com. All students and judges must have linked accounts.


Please upload your legislation to https://www.tabroom.com, Send questions regarding your Congressional Debate panel to Nicholas Ernst, HSL Congressional Debate Chair. You can e-mail him at <nkernst@gmail.com> or call him at 721-0506 (cell)


         The interpretation verification form, oratory/informative speaking verification form(s), and all orations must be received by the deadline above. Please email/google share these documents with me at <chalbur@punahou.edu>. Original sources for each selection in POI, HI, DI, and DUO must be on hand during the tournament in case of challenge.


         Links for participant videos will be shared with judges and potentially with HSL coaches for team viewing. The League thus requires ALL COMPETITORS to submit a signed “Participant Release” form prior to the tournament. Only one form needs to be signed per school year. The coach should upload each student’s form on TabRoom.


         Each school may register a maximum of eighteen (18) speech entries and a maximum of eight (8) congressional debate entries. Double Entry IS allowed between congress and one speech category only.


         $8.00 per participant. As a reminder, Duo Interpretation entries must be paid according to number of participants, not number of entries.

         All PAST-DUE fees must be paid before participation in this tournament.



         Payment is due before participation in the tournament.  CASH PAYMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!

         Make check payable to:                                                 HAWAI‘I SPEECH LEAGUE

         Checks may be mailed to the Treasurer:               Karen Miyakado

                                                                                                            1051 Mokuhano Street

                                                                                                            Honolulu, Hawaii 96825


         Schools must provide one (1) judge for every three (3) speech entries and (1) unaffiliated judge for congressional debate entries. Schools that do not provide the required number of judges may have entries withdrawn from the tournament. We are grateful for any additional judges you can provide. 

         Register judges on https://www.tabroom.com. Please direct all changes to your judge’s panel and questions regarding judges to Rebecca Afalava, HSL Judges’ Chairperson. You can e-mail her at <rebecca.afalava@gmail.com> or call her at 808-351-5902 (cell).



Wednesday, March 3, 2021

2:00 p.m.                         Impromptu and Extemp Topics released to Coaches

9:00 p.m.                         Students upload video(s) to YouTube, complete google form with links, share links with coach

Thursday, March 4, 2021

5:00 p.m.                         Coaches deadline to add video links to competitor entries on TabRoom

9:00 p.m.                         Judges ballots/schedule released for asynchronous speech

Friday, March 5, 2021

8:00 a.m.                          Reminder to speech judges to press “Start Round”

12:00 noon                     Deadline to press “Start Round” for asynchronous speech (Penalty $10 per judge per round).

3:00 pm                           Non-started ballots reassigned to judges.

9:00 p.m.                         Deadline for reassigned judges to press “Start Round”

Saturday, March 6, 2021

8:30 – 10:45                   Round 1 Congress

11:30 – 1:45                   Round 2 Congress

12:00                                 Deadline to complete preliminary speech judging (Penalty $10 per judge)

12:00                                 Coaches check in to Judge’s Lounge as emergency standby judges to finish preliminary rounds.

2:45                                    Speech judges check into the Judge’s Lounge for finals assignment

3:00                                    FINALS – Judges ballots/schedule released.

                                             Judges have 15 minutes to press “Start Round” before being replaced and schools fined

                                                      Judges have 90 minutes to submit their completed ballots

* This schedule is tentative and may change based on number of entries.



·       If the video link submitted is broken or leads to the wrong video (wrong student and/or wrong round) the competitor will be ranked last in that round.

·       A $10 fine may be charged to the school for asynchronous judges who fail to press “START” by Friday noon, fail to return their ballots by Saturday 1 pm, or fail to show up in the judge’s lounge Saturday 3 pm for their final round assignment.


        Please contact Carol Halbur immediately if there are changes to your entries. You can e-mail Carol at <chalbur@punahou.edu> or call her at 943-3651 (office) or 728-3672 (cell). All means will be used to reschedule the drops/no-shows prior to the start of the tournament. However, if rescheduling will result in extensive delays, the first round will commence with the no-shows included.


      Competitors who have already qualified for the State Forensic Championships are not eligible to compete in the final round in that category. Certificates will be presented to all participants in the final rounds. Medals will be awarded to all competitors who qualify for the State Championships.