The Krider JR SR Invitational at Henry County High School

2021 — Paris, TN/US




Dear Forensics Family:


Welcome to the annual Krider Invitational Speech Tournament for both High School and Middle School hosted by Henry County High School in TN!  We look forward to having you join us IN PERSON Saturday  November 6th. 


YES!  You read that correctly!  


We are going to be live and in person for The Krider this year!  We have been given the OK from administration to host at Henry County High School.  Protocols will be in place for the best hygiene possible.  Masks will be required between and during rounds unless performing/presenting and, of course, social distancing measures will be in place.


We will also be hosting a JR. KRIDER TOURNAMENT at the same time on the same day.  The tournaments will run concurrently and judges will be expected to judge High School AND Middle School events so please prepare your judges accordingly.  High School Students who do not make the final rounds at the high school Krider may judge the final rounds of the Jr. Krider but only if they are not affiliated somehow with the middle school students in the final rounds.  They may register to judge after finals postings for High School by going to the ballot table.


NSDA PFD topic for November:  



Resolved: Increased United States federal regulation of cryptocurrency transactions and/or assets will produce more benefits than harms.





The tournament will host the following 11 high school forensics events plus Public Forum Debate. 


● Dramatic Interpretation

● Duo Interpretation

● Extemporaneous Speaking

● Humorous Interpretation

● Impromptu Speaking

● Informative Speaking

● Oratory

● Poetry

● Program Oral Interpretation

● Prose



The following MIDDLE SCHOOL events will be hosted as well;



Dramatic Interp

Duo Acting


Humorous Interp







The only major judging differences for middle school are the following;

1. There is no time minimum for oratory, prose, poetry, storytelling, Duo, DI, HI or Dec.  Max is 10 with 30 sec grace on each.

2. Jr. Extempers only have 5 minutes to speak.  Jr. Impromptu speakers must speak for 3 but have 10 total minutes to prep and speak.


More information about competition guidelines for high school can be found on the ​the official THSSDL website​ ( Please take time to review the ​THSSDL guidelines​ as you prepare both your students and judges for competition.  We will be using KY guidelines for middle school events.  You may find rules and regulations for those events at



Schedule of Rounds for Debate and IE

Round 1 - 8:30am

Round 2 - 10:00 am

Round 3 - 11:30 am

Sr. Finals - 1:30 pm

Jr. Finals - 2:00 pm




The cost for students to participate in individual events is $8, with Duo Interpretation (Sr.), Duo Acting (Jr.)  and PFD charging $16. Students may double, except in debate. 



Teams are required to provide 1 judge for every 6 entries into the competition. 6 entries = one judge, 7 entries = 2 judges, etc. In the event you cannot provide the required number of judges, you may hire judges for $30 each. ​Schools ​must​ provide at least one judge. Your judges should be familiar with THSSDL rules and ballots for high school and KHSSL rules (KY state rules) for middle school.  Even though we will be in person, we will be using online ballots at this time.  Everyone should be accustomed to using these from last year.  If not, there are online tutorials on the national speech and debate association’s website and on YouTube.  All judges will need to have registered accounts and have technology available to effectively judge each round.   Final rounds for Jr. events will be judged using paper ballots to accommodate high school students who wish to judge.



Awards will be given to 1st-6th place in each event and for the top three performing schools for sweeps.  All first place winners in each event will be awarded a $100 Scholarship sponsored by Rotary of Paris.  Middle School awards will be certificates for individuals and teams and no scholarships will be given.



Teams will be assessed a drop fee of $10 per entry after Wednesday, November 3rd at 6pm central. Any judge drop after this deadline will result in a $50 fine. 


Please let us know at your earliest continence (either David or Linda) when you have drops or changes.  Contact information is available below to text or email us information letting us know you’re running late or have drops or changes.



Checks for entry fees may be made out and sent to 

Henry County High School Speech Team

315 S. Wilson St.

Paris, TN



Please make sure your students (and judges) have a tabroom account linked to your team.  This way the students can see their ballots after the tournament and the judges can get notifications and links to their online ballots.  


We are so excited to offer an in person tournament this year!  Even with masks and other precautions, it will be so good to see everyone in person again!  We are sorry for all the confusion over how the tournament will be conducted this year.  But this year, like last, is unusual to say the least.  We hope this is a way to get somewhat back to normal and to involve the future of the programs by involving middle school.


David Weatherly / Linda Miller

Coach, Henry County Middle School Speech Team

Coach, Henry County High School Speech Team

David - 731-217-6067

Linda - 731-336-7041