Parent and Student Requirements

Parents are Key!  Vector Speech and Debate is a parent-led cooperative effort. This is not a drop-off activity, but instead requires a cooperative effort by our parents. Parents should:

  • Attend and help run weekly meetings (icebreakers, speech drills, teaching and coaching)  
  • Attend the Novice Speech Camp-Orientation and/or Novice Debate Camp-Orientation offered by Vector coaches in early September to be trained to teach and coach.
  • Judge at all tournaments in which your student participates. Usually 2 rounds of judging per student per event.
  • Provide food items for each tournament in which your student participates.
  • Help with recruiting community judges for each tournament in which your student participates.
  • Attend the Vector Tournament Planning meeting (held in November)and take on a role in running our tournament at Patrick Henry College (Friday & Saturday, March 6-7, 2020).
  • For all Vector-sponsored tournaments, parents are required to serve in a tournament job, and remain on site to help for the duration of the tournament.

Students — Participation in Vector can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience!  There is a learning curve with speech and debate. In order for students to succeed, we strongly encourage student to do the following:

  • (New students) Attend the Novice Camp & Orientation for Speech and/or Debate with at least one parent.
  • Attend weekly meetings and complete assignments in a timely and excellent manner.
  • Compete in a minimum of two tournaments for Speech and/or Debate. (i.e. Speech students will compete in two speech tournaments; Debate students will compete in two debate tournaments; students who are doing both will compete in a minimum 4 tournaments total during the year.)
  • (Speech) Compete with at least one prepared scripted speech (Platform, Interp, and certain Wildcard events apply).
  • (Veteran Speech) Compete in Extemporaneous Speech at a minimum of two tournaments. Ideally, this event is well suited for Juniors & Seniors as college prep.
  • Varsity & Jr. Varsity Awards are available for those who excel in Speech or Debate or both.  This can be impressive for scholarship and college applications.

Varsity & Jr Varsity Award Requirements

Junior Varsity Speech:

  • A student who has met the minimum requirements in Speech (first year students can qualify)
  • Compete in at least two tournaments, with three speeches (all off script) in two different categories (Platform, Interp, Limited Prep, Wild Card), of which one must be a prepared speech
  • Perform a minimum of four hours of Club Service, which can include but not limited to, mentoring a novice student, working a job at a tournament,  helping with administration for meetings, teaching a lesson, helping with a speech/debate camp, etc.

Varsity Speech:

  • A student who has met the minimum requirements in Speech with at least one complete year of competition in Speech events (second year students qualify)
  • Compete in at least two tournaments, with five speeches (all off script) in all four categories, of which two must be prepared speeches
  • Perform a minimum of eight hours of Club Service, which can include but not limited to mentoring a novice student, working a job at a tournament,  helping with administration for meetings, helping with a speech/debate camp, etc.
  • Display leadership in the club, which can include but not limited to serving as an event captain, teaching a lesson, mentoring novice students, taking initiative in organizing limited prep files, leading a speech skills drill, etc.

Varsity Debate:

  • A student with one complete year of experience in Debate (second year students qualify)
  • Compete in at least two forms of debate, in two different tournaments
  • Perform a minimum of eight hours of Club Service, which can include but not limited to, mentoring a novice student, cleaning up after meetings, working a job at a tournament, performing with administration tasks for meetings, teaching a lesson, helping with debate camp, etc
  • Demonstrates exceptional effort in skill development by participating in extra-club debates (debates outside of club time, not including tournaments)

* There is no Jr. Varsity Debate award

Tournament Links

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