Henry Clay SR JR VIRTUAL Warm Up for Nationals 2022

2022 — NSDA Campus, KY/US

Welcome to the Henry Clay 

"Warm-Up for Nationals" VIRTUAL 

 Senior & Junior Division

Speech Tournaments


Speech events will be completely asynchronous (pre-recorded) and run throughout the week with two guaranteed rounds of prelims plus finals!

NOTE: There will unfortunately be NO DEBATE EVENTS offered at this competition.  Due to low #'s and lack of interest in PF, LD, & Congress, we will ONLY be offering Sr & Jr Division Speech events.



We plan to hold ALL Kentucky High School Speech League SENIOR HIGH & JUNIOR MIDDLE speech events*

*Here is the link to all KHSSL events including rules and procedures for each... 



*Senior Division Events: Broadcasting, Declamation, DI, Duo, Extemp, HI, Impromptu, Improv Duo, Informative, Oratory, Poetry, POI, Prose, & Storytelling *These events are ONLY for high school students (grades 9-12)

*Junior Division Events: Broadcasting, Declamation, DI, Duo, Extemp, HI, Impromptu, Improv Duo, Oratory, Poetry, Prose, & Storytelling. *These events are ONLY for middle school students (grades 3-8)


NOTE:  Henry Clay students will be entered into preliminary rounds ONLY for feedback purposes as well as to increase the event #s - no HCHS students will advance to finals nor receive awards (and this only applies to the Sr Division events)




IE competitors can compete in as many events as they choose (Junior competitors up to 12, Senior competitors up to 14).

Each IE speech entry will be $6, with Duo Acting, Duo Interp, & Improv Duo charging $12. 




Deadline for entries including video uploads is 6:00 PM EST on Tuesday, April 26 - Registration will close at that time so please do not ask for an extension on this so we can prep to get the tournament immediately underway the following day.

*Drops/adds after the deadline will be charged $10 fee per single entry & $20 per Duo Interp, Improv Duo in addition to the original entry fees*




You must supply one judge for every 6 IE entries (6 slots = 1 judge; 12 slots = 2 judges; 13 slots = 3 judges; etc.)  

A fee of $50 per missing judge will be assessed. Please make sure that all your judges are familiar with all KHSSL rules in the 2021-2022 KHSSL Handbook (located on the tabroom.com tournament homepage) so they can properly assess the students.

*NOTE – Speech Judges will be asked to judge BOTH Senior & Junior Division KHSSL Events – so please prep your judges of this beforehand as all judges will be expected to adhere to this obligation if you wish them to be counted for your team quota.





 Warm-Up for Nationals 2022

Official Virtual Schedule 



Monday 4/25 @ 6 PM EST (or slightly before): LTD PREP TOPICS RELEASED: Improv Duo topics, Impromptu quote options, & Extemp questions will all be released for both divisions. Students will have from the time you receive the email containing the LTD prep event info until the registration deadline to submit recordings via the registration process on tabroom.com. Please remember that entries WITHOUT recorded links will be dropped from the tournament past the deadline so please make sure that your recordings both work and are posted with each speech entry you have.


Tuesday 4/26 @ 6 PM EST: CLOSE OF REGISTRATION: ALL recordings, student entries, & judge names/info will be set in stone and locked into place at that time. PLEASE make sure to have everything tied up in a nice, neat, little metaphorical package by this time and please understand that I am on a strict time crunch for the entire week. My #1 goal is to make sure you and your students enjoy the experience. Help me help you by making sure you meet the deadlines as I will begin immediately pairing the tournament at that time.




Wednesday 4/27 @ 8-9AM EST: Prelim Speech Rounds 1 & 2 BEGIN! Pairings will be released and judge rounds will be blasted via tabroom at some point Wednesday morning. It's possible that I may get these out late Tuesday night before this time, but this Wednesday morning is my more realistic goal timeline. NOTE: All prelim speech rounds MUST be finished & turned in from ALL judges by Thursday evening at 10:00 PM EST (which gives you approximately a day and a half to finish all of your team's prelim judging obligations).


Thursday, 4/28: Prelim Speech Rounds 1 & 2 END! The window for judging will be CLOSED at 10:00 PM EST on this day. Incomplete rounds by judges will be treated as judge drops and immediately re-assigned so coaches PLEASE ensure that your judges fulfill their prelim obligations. I will be contacting coaches for any late judges or dropped round fines so be cognizant of this deadline. Please check in with your judges before I have to in order to ensure that they have all finished and turned in their ballots before I replace them and issue any nuisance fees (but I'm going to cross my fingers that nothing like that will have to happen).


Friday, 4/29: FINALS FOR ALL SPEECH EVENTS!!! Finals for Speech events will be announced & ballots will be sent out to judges early Friday morning. You will have from that point until 8 PM EST on this same day to finish your team's final round judging obligation. My plan is to give no judge more than 1 finals round (like a typical in-person speech tournament) so your judges who are assigned to finals will have around 10 to 12 hours to finish this judging assignment. Note that the tournament will be completely finished by tonight - there will be NO ROUNDS JUDGED ON SATURDAY.


(AWARDS: Awards will be announced for ALL Speech & Debate events Saturday evening (specific time TBA but expect it to potentially be later). My plan is to record a ZOOM ceremony and blast it out by 9PM EST. No matter what, I promise to be at least mildly entertaining while I inevitably mis-pronounce as few names as possible (feel free to use that very handy phonetic pronunciation guide located for all your students as you enter them in tabroom in case you happen to get bored over the next few days).




Due to the small size of our tournaments, awards will be given out to the top 3 performers in each speech event (with verbal recognitions of 4th through 6th place) and a single team sweepstakes award will be given out to the top overall point receiving team in Speech (Jr/Sr combined).


Note: There will be a $12 awards mailing fee for all United States based schools in attendance (this fee will be added to the tabroom invoice AFTER you register...please do not send payment for fees UNTIL you see this charge added to your invoice to avoid making a 2nd payment for this charge).  For any schools located outside of the US the fee will be larger than $12 but the actual cost will depend on where you are located (feel free to contact me in advance if you have any questions about this - I will update your invoice and send it to you once the tournament has concluded once I have determined an approximate shipping quote if you are outside of the US).  Note that we will not be issuing refunds for this after the tournament concludes in case your team does not receive any awards so please make note of this).



Please make payment to HENRY CLAY DEBATE.  We can accept checks or money orders (please do not attempt to mail cash).  If neither of these are viable options please contact me for additional options. Mailing address information will be added to the tabroom.com generated invoice.  Please note that we will not mail any awards until payment has been received so please take care of your owed fees for the tournament ASAP once you know what your totals are (and note that some nuisance fines could occur during the tournament so please do your best to avoid those and not have to mail multiple checks).




If you have any questions that are not answered above please feel free to email me at:


if you have ANY questions about our tournament!


We hope to see you with us virtually for our Warm-Up for Nationals Senior Speech & Junior Speech tournaments!  Thank you for your time and consideration!