Amarillo High Shut Up Speak

2023 — Amarillo, TX/US

The Amarillo High Speech Team cordially invites you to compete at the annualShut Up& Speaktournament.

Deadlines: All entries are due by Monday, November 27 at 4:00 pm. We will accept drops unpenalized until Wednesday, November 29 at 11:00 pm. Any drops after this deadline will incur a drop fee of $10. Please help us to avoid last minute drops. Please email or call in drops ahead of time so that we can correct postings before they go up.

Our campus is NOT allowed to prop open doors or gates. To make this work, we will ONLY use the main front entrance on the west side of the main building (Door 1 behind the flag poles). ALL other gates and exterior doors will remain locked and closed. We ask that you do not open any other gate or entrance for another person as well. We are making certain the school and students, judges, and coaches attending are safe and secure. You may NOT prop open a door or gate for ANY reason. All comings and goings need to be through this one entrance.

No novice events will be offered. Amarillo High School students will be allowed to enter this tournament to make numbers in events.

In order to provide a qualified judging pool, we ask that all coaches judge at least three rounds. Also, we would appreciate any additional names of judges that you can provide. Every effort will be made to panel judges in semis but there are no guarantees. We will panel the finals of all TFA events and will attempt to panel all others as well. Brackets will be broken in debate. We will not have guest Wi-Fi for the tournament.Judges will not disclose in any other rounds so that we can run on time.

Questions about TFA rules can be answered by going to

Notice: No finals ballots or awards will be delivered to schools. You must be in attendance for awards to receive them, unless there is a BIG snowstorm.

We look forward to seeing you!

Mellessa Denny (Coach)

Amarillo High School Speech

4225 Danbury

Amarillo, TX 79109

(806) 236-0190 (Denny's cell phone)

(806) 326-2049 (speech office)


4:30 Round 1 Pattern A

6:15 Round 1 Pattern B, Round 1 Debate & Congress Prelims

8:15 Round 2 Pattern B & Round 2 Debate


7:45 Round 3 Debate & Congress Finals

9:45 Round 2 Pattern A

11:30Pattern B Semis & Debate Quarters

1:30 Pattern A Semis

3:15 Debate Semis & Pattern B Finals

5:00 Pattern A Finals

6:45 Debate Finals

Pattern A: FX, DX, Duet, Prose, Impromptu, Oratory, POI

Pattern B: Poetry, HI, DI, DUO, Informative

Debate: PF, CX, LD, WSD and Congress may enter 1 Pattern A event but may not cross enter in Pattern B

*Pattern A may enter 3 events

*Pattern B may enter 2 events

We will speed up the schedule as is possible, so PAY ATTENTION TO POSTINGS!!!

Cross entering is at the student’s own risk. Extempers must speak in the assigned order. Failure to do so will result in being ranked last in the round.


*World Schools Debate--PLEASEREAD the TFA Constitution for the rules and requirements of this event. They are VERY different than for other debate events. A team is made up of 3-5 members but only 3 debate at a time.

I will send out additional information IF we have the entry numbers for this event to make.

*TFA rules will be in effect for all TFA events.

*Prose and Poetry will be reader’s choice.

*For Congressional Debate, we will use legislation #26-30 in prelims and #1-5 for finals. We will use the direct questioning format in the final round. The order for prelims will be 27, 30, 29, 26, 28.

*L-D: Nov/Dec NFL topic.

*C-X: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.

*P-F:Nov/Dec NFL topic

*If a student speaks in the wrong room, he/she will receive last place in the round.

Sweepstakes points will awarded as follows:

Individual Events / Student Congress/ Duet & Duo

1st Place

15 points

2nd Place

10 points

3rd Place

7 points


5 points


5 points

CX, LD, PF, & World Schools Debate


20 points

Non-advancing semi-finalists

10 points

Non-advancing quarterfinalists

7 points

Each debate win in prelims