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Competition Structure

Heats
Depending on the number of competitors the exact structure may change. But this is the basic outline:

Participants will be randomly divided into heats, where a school is represented by 2 speakers, both will be in the same heat.

The heats are the first stage of the competition.

Participants are randomly assigned to one of three heats (determined by the IPSC Convenor).
Participants speak in a random order (determined by the IPSC Convenor).
Participants deliver their five-minute prepared speech (which must be connected with the theme for the competition).

A timekeeper gives an audible signal at 4:30 minutes (to indicate that 30 seconds remain), at 5:00 minutes (to indicate that the participantís time is up), and at 5:30 minutes (at which point the participant must conclude their speech immediately).
Participants who speak for less than 4:30 minutes or more than 5:30 minutes may be penalised by the adjudicators.

The speech is immediately followed by a 3-4 minute question period.
Questions may come from members of the audience or members of the adjudication panel and participants should respond to each question individually.
Audience members who are connected with a participant (e.g. a same school or family member or an accompanying guest) may not ask questions of that participant.

No visual aids, props or amplifying microphones may be used (recording devices may be used with prior permission from the IPSC Convenor).

The adjudicators judge the participants in the heats in accordance with the adjudication guidelines and the marking scheme for prepared speeches, and the speaker scale, contained in this web page.

Participants may seek feedback from the adjudicators, but only after the decision has been announced. The adjudicatorsí decision is final.

Two participants will progress from each of the heats to the finals. Only one participant may reach the finals from each school.

Final
The six participants who progress from the heats will compete against each other in the final.

Participants will be asked to deliver two speeches at the Final. One impromptu speech and the prepared speech they delivered during the heats.

Impromptu Speech:
Participants speak in a random order (determined by the IPSC Convenor).
Participants deliver a three-minute impromptu speech on a new topic.
Participants choose their topic from a list of three, which they receive 15 minutes before they must deliver their speech.

During the 15 minute preparation period:
  • Participants are given a quiet room in which to choose their topic and prepare their speech;
  • participants may not use any printed or electronic resources for the purpose of research;
  • dictionaries and writing materials (blank paper, palm or cue cards, pens, pencils etc.) are made available to participants.
A timekeeper gives an audible signal at 2:30 minutes (to indicate that 30 seconds remain), at 3:00 minutes (to indicate that the participantís time is up) and at 3:30 minutes (at which point the participant must conclude their speech immediately).
Participants who speak for less than 2:30 minutes or more than 3:30 minutes may be penalised by the adjudicators.

The impromptu speech is not followed by a question period.

No visual aids, props or amplifying microphones may be used (recording devices may be used with prior permission from the IPSC Convenor).

The adjudicators judge the participants in accordance with the adjudication guidelines and the marking scheme for impromptu speeches, and the speaker scale, contained in this handbook.

Final speech:
Final speeches are the last stage of the competition.

Participants speak in a random order (determined by the IPSC Convenor).
Participants deliver their five-minute prepared speech (which is the same speech they delivered for their heat).
The rules relating to timing, questioning and adjudication apply to the grand final exactly as they apply to the heats (see above).

The adjudicators select a winner and a runner up, both of whom receive an award.