Hampton Talbot Tournament

2024 — Allison Park, PA/US

Dear Speech and Debate Coaches:

Your teams are invited to attend the Hampton Talbot Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2023.


The tournament will occur IN PERSON.

Speech and Congress

Hampton High School

2929 McCully Rd. Allison Park, PA 15101


Hampton Middle School

4589 School Dr. Allison Park, PA 15101


Registration is being taken on-line only on Tabroom. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 1.


Unless otherwise indicated, all events will use PHSSL rules and time limits. No double entry permitted for competitors entered in debate, congress, extemp, or commentary.

1. Congress

2. Public Forum Debate

3. Policy Debate

4. Parliamentary Debate

5. Lincoln-Douglas Debate

6. Extemporaneous Speaking (alternating International & U.S. rounds)

7. Commentary

8. Humorous Interpretation

9. Dramatic Interpretation

10. Poetry

11. Prose

12. Persuasive

13. Informative

14. Declamation (CFL rules)

14. Duo Interpretation

15. Program Oral Interpretation


We are going to try our best to run our tournament on time. To help us, please make sure that you are on time and that you PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK IN ONLINE SO WE KNOW EVERYONE IS PRESENT AND READY TO COMPETE/JUDGE.

Speech, Debate

Registration ends: 8:15 a.m.

Opening meeting: 8:15 a.m.

Extemp/Comm to prep room: : 8:15 a.m.

Round I: 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Round II: 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Round III: 10:45-11:45 a.m.

LUNCH BREAK: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Extemp to prep room – 12:30 p.m.

Round IV (Speech Final): 1:00-2:15 p.m.

A fifth round may be added in debate if time permits.

Awards Ceremony: 3:00 p.m.


Session 1 – 8:30-11:30 a.m.

LUNCH BREAK: 11:30a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Session 2 – 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: 3:00 p.m.

*No super session


The registration fee will be $6 per speech, Congress, and L-D contestants, and $12 per two-person debate team and duo team. Checks are to be made payable to Hampton Township School District (or HTSD).

Lunch is $5 per person and consists of pizza, chips, cookie, and a drink.


One qualified judge must be provided for every five students entered in the speech and Congress events or a fraction thereof.

1 to 5 students=1 judge

5 to 8 students=2 judges

One qualified judge must be supplied and specified for every one to two LD competitors and every one to two Public Forum/PF/Policy teams. High school students may not be used as judges. All judges are expected to be available for the entire tournament. If any judge leaves the tournament early, without providing a replacement, his/her school will be fined and disqualified from competition.

ALL judges MUST complete their rankings as soon as possible (ideally within 5 minutes of the end of the round). Comments can be typed in later if necessary.


Top six speakers in all speech and debate events will receive awards. Congress chambers will receive awards for Merit, Superior, and Outstanding Speakers.


Should there be any problem on the day of the tournament, please text (DO NOT CALL) 412-376-3490 so that we may adjust the schedule accordingly. Please include the following information with your text:

  • Your Name

  • Judge? Competitor?

  • Event/Room or Section

  • Nature of the Problem