GGSA Individual Events 1

2021 — NSDA Campus, CA/US

Golden Gate Speech Association



Tournament Invitation and Information 

GGSA Member Schools,

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, the Golden Gate Speech Association will be hosting Individual Events 1 online using the NSDA Campus 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. The competition will be synchronous with a video backup.

    • Interpretive Events include Humorous Interp, Dramatic Interp, Program Oral Interpretation (formerly Thematic Interpretation), and Oratorical Interp. The competition will be synchronous with a video backup.

    • The league has voted and Duo Interp will be conducted synchronously, live performances with students in the same room. We encourage you to follow the safety protocols set forward by your school and have a waiver signed on record in case. If your students would like to compete in Duo but are not able to be in the same room, please contact Justin or Kimberly for accommodations for video recordings. 

    • Limited Preparation Events include National Extemp, International Extemp, and Impromptu. All rounds will be synchronous.

  • 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 beginning speakers, 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 be entered here on by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, at which time entry fees will be assessed. All entries made by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021, will be admitted to the tournament. Late entries will be wait-listed and accepted as space is available.

  • Drops that are made by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 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 20, 2021.

  • 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 additions or event changes on 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 have a mandatory meeting in the 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 a phone (timers/stopwatch excluded) 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