Knights Joust

2023 — Highland, UT/US

Knight’s Joust

In person with async

Dates: November 3-4, 2023

Location: Lone Peak High School, 10189 N 4800 W, Highland, UT 84003

Tournament Host/Director:


Rachel Billings:

Cost: $25/day ($50 both days); $4/person per event

Judges: Speech 1:5, CX 1:2; Debates 1:4; Congress 1:5

  • judges can judge both speech and debate events

  • Asynchronous Fun Speech Events---Lip Synch, Storytelling, Declamation, News-anchor, Poetry, Knight’s Melee

  • Students may double, triple or quadruple enter in Speech Events--at their own risk. Tournament will not be held up for double entries.

  • Students may only participate in one Debate event

  • Novice and Varsity Divisions Available in main events.


New event: Knight's Melee: Think tag-team sparring

Novice and Varsity Speech Events

Novice: Mixed Extemp, Impromptu, SPAR, Combined Interps, Oratory, Informative

Varsity: US Extemp, Int Extemp, Impromptu, SPAR, Interps: HI DI Duo Poi, Oratory, Informative


Varsity and Novice LD, Public Forum, Policy and Congress, Big Question

Asynchronous Events

Lip Sync, News-anchor, Storytelling, Declamation, Poetry

  1. Must submit by Wednesday Night. Must be recorded (without any editing) and uploaded as an unlisted youtube/google drive file (don’t use a school drive as it often blocks access--suggestion-create a team email/drive account an use that for either drive or youtube)

  2. Put the link for the video in the description/title section for that competitor’s speech in tabroom.

  3. Will be judged in advance and must be turned in by Deadline.

  4. Lip Sync/Newscaster: Yes to props, scripts, and having lots of fun. NO to Greenscreens, special affects, or editing. Newscaster 1-2 people Lip Sync 1-6 people

  5. Storytelling, may or may not have book/script in hand, may use a chair. Can be self written or published.


Friday: SPAR, IE, Knight’s Melee

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Check-in and judge instructions/Q&A


Extemp Prep start

3:30 - 4:00

Pre-round set up. Check rooms, internet, etc.

4:00 - 5:30

Round 1

5:30 - 6:00

Dinner Period

6:00 - 7:30

Round 2

7:30 - 9:00

Round 3


LD, PF, CX, Congress, BQ

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Check-in and judge instructions/Q&A

Pre-Round setup. Judges Check rooms, internet, etc.

8:30 - 10:00

Round 1

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Congress Round 1

(10 min. Per member in chamber - max 18 members)

10:15 - 11:45

Round 2

12:00 PM -1:00

Lunch Period

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch Period

12:45 - 2:15

Round 3

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Congress Round 2

(10 min. Per member in chamber - max 18 members)

2:30 - 4:00


4:00 - 4:30



*Will be selling pre-order pizza slices and drinks.

*Many restaurants within easy walking distance: Taco bell, Mcdonalds, Swig, Walmart, Marco’s pizza, Costa-vida, Arby's, Subway, Happy Dragon Express


Awards for top 3 in each event. Sweepstakes for large school and small school.

Knight’s Joust Award: Awards will be given to the top NSDA points winners from all events combined.

Registration open September 4th - October 28th @ 11AM! Adds after this will be accepted as room allows.

Unique Events:

Knight’s Melee - Think Tag-team Spar. See link for rules.

News Anchor: In this event competitors present the news (real or fictional) as a news anchor or news anchor team. The news can be presented in a serious nature if you choose. However, satirical news presentations in the vein of Steven Colbert, John Stewart and Saturday Night Live are preferred. 5-10 minutes. As this is asynchronous this year, you may screen share images as part of your performance. Content must be school appropriate.

Poetry: Competitors can alternate between poetry and prose, but it is not required. They can do the same poetry piece or prose all three rounds. Pieces should be 5-7 minutes long.

Declamation: This is a 5-10 minute speech given in a public setting by a prominent individual.


Novice and Open LD - 2023/2024 Sept/Oct Open/Varsity topic.

Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.

PF - 2023/2024 Sept/Oct Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its military presence in the Arctic.

Policy - 2023/2024 Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase fiscal redistribution in the United States by adopting a federal jobs guarantee, expanding Social Security, and/or providing a basic income.

Congress - See Docket.