Krider Middle and High School Invitational at Henry County High

2023 — Paris, TN/US

Dear Forensics Family:

WE ARE ADDING CONGRESS!! Students may not double or triple out of congress with debate or extemp.

We are pleased to invite you to the annualKrider InvitationalSpeech Tournament for both High School and Middle School hosted at Henry County High School in TN! We look forward to having you join usSaturday November 4th for a fantastic day of competition.

We will be hosting the JR. KRIDER TOURNAMENT at the same time on the same day. The tournaments will run concurrently and all judges will be expected to judge High School AND Middle School rounds so please prepare your judges accordingly.

NSDA PFD topic for November: Resolved: The United States federal government should forgive all federal student loan debt.



The tournament will host the following 11 high school forensics events plus Public Forum Debate.(THSSDL rules for all HS)

Dramatic Interpretation

Duo Interpretation

Extemporaneous Speaking

Humorous Interpretation

Impromptu Speaking

Informative Speaking


Poetry (new 5 min time limit)

Program Oral Interpretation

Prose (new 5 min time limit)


The following MIDDLE SCHOOL events will be offered;

Radio Broadcasting (rules will be sent out soon)

Declamation (NSDA rules)

Duo Acting (two characters only -10 max time / table and two chairs may be used)

Extemp (NSDA rules)

Dramatic Interpretation (NSDA rules)

Humorous Interpretation (NSDA rules)

Impromptu (NSDA rules)

Oratory (NSDA rules)

Prose (NSDA rules)

Poetry (NSDA rules)

Storytelling (max time of 5 min - no minimum)

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. For middle school rules we will be using NSDA MS rules, with the exception of Duo Acting, TV Broadcasting and Storytelling, however those from out of state with differing rule sets will not be penalized for time constraints.

Schedule of Rounds for Debate and IE

Opening Assembly - 8:00 am in the Little Theatre

Round 1- 8:30 am

Round 2- 10:00 am

Round 3- 11:30 am

MS Finals- 1:30 pm

HS Finals - 2:00 pm

Awards - 4:00 pm


The cost for students to participate in individual events is $10, with Duo Interpretation (Sr.), Duo Acting (Jr.) and PFD being $20. Students may Triple, except in debate.Extempers may Double only. We will not hold rounds for late students so plan wisely.


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 NSDA rules for middle school.

We will be using paper ballots! So your kids can have easy access to their comments.


High School & Middle School awards will be given to 1st-6th place in each event and for the top three performing schools for middle and high in sweeps.


Teams will be assessed a drop fee of $10 per entry after Wednesday, November 2nd at 7pm central. Any judge drop after this deadline will result in a $50 fine.

Please let me know at your earliest convenience when you have drops or changes. Contact information is available below to text or email information letting me know you’re running late or have drops or changes. Please identify yourself in your texts so I’ll know whose team requires changes.

**Checks for High School entry fees for the tournament may be made out to

Henry County High School Speech Team

315 S. Wilson St.

Paris, TN


**Checks for the Middle School entries should be made out to

Henry County Middle School Speech Team

6745 Hwy 79 N

Buchanan, TN


We are excited to host The Krider in Henry County and look forward to seeing you all in November!

David Weatherly, Coach

Henry County Middle & High School Speech Teams