Speech Derby Rules and Procedures

  1. Eligibility: The contest is open to all Toastmasters. Note that the Teens and Youth Speech Contest applies to individuals in that age category.
  2. Contestants must prepare their own speeches, and each must be substantially original.
  3. All contestants receive the Speaker’s Certification of Eligibility and Originality (Item 1183). The form must be signed and returned to the contest chair before the contest.
  4. All contestants will speak from the same platform or area designated by the contest chair.
  5. The contest chair is also the Toastmaster: Before the contest, contestants are briefed on the rules by the contest chair. Contestants will then draw for their speaking position with the contest chair.
  6. At area contests, a minimum of five voting judges in addition to these voting judges, a contest chair, chief judge, tiebreaking judge, three counters, and two timers shall be appointed.
  7. Before the contest, voting judges, counters, and timers are briefed on their duties by the chief judge.
  8. All voting judges and the tiebreaking judge receive the Judge’s Certification of Eligibility and Code of Ethics (Item 1170). The form must be signed and returned to the chief judge before the contest.
  9. Timers receive the Speech Contest Time Record Sheet and Instruction for Timers (Item 1175). If necessary, they also receive instruction in the proper use of the timing equipment.
  10. Ballot counters receive the Counter’s Tally Sheet (Item 1176). If necessary, they also receive instruction in the gathering of ballots and the counting room procedure (described below).
  11. Contestant Introduction: For the Ice Breaker, Body language, Tall Tales with Vocal Variety and Humorous contests introduce each contestant by announcing the contestant’s name, speech title, speech title, and contestant’s name.
  12. For Table Topics contests, introduce each contestant by announcing the contestant’s name, topic, topic, and contestant’s name.
  13. Timing guidelines: All speeches delivered by contestants must conform to the timing guidelines for the contest.
  14. Warning signals: Timers shall provide warning signals to the contestants, which shall be clearly visible to the speakers but not obvious to the audience.
  15. In all speech contests, no signal shall be given for the overtime period.
  16. Prior to announcing results, the contest chair shall announce if time disqualifications occurred, but not name the contestant(s) involved.
  17. Contestants in the Ice Breaker, Body language, Tall Tales with Vocal Variety and Humorous contests are permitted to remain in the same room throughout the duration of the contest.
  18. Table Topics contestants must stay out of the room until the preceding speaker has completed his or her response to the topic, as outlined in the Table Topics Contest section of the Toastmasters Speech Contest Rule Book.
  19. There will be one minute of silence between contestant speeches, during which voting judges and the tiebreaking judge will mark their ballots. All voting judges and the tiebreaking judge will judge all contestants; the chief judge does not judge contestants.
  20. When the last contestant finishes speaking, the contest chair will ask for silence until the ballot counters have collected all ballots.
  21. Protests and Disqualifications
    1. Protests are limited to eligibility and originality and shall only be lodged by voting judges and contestants. Any protest shall be lodged with the chief judge and/or contest chair prior to the announcement of the winner and alternate(s).
    2. Before a contestant can be disqualified on the basis of originality, the contestant must be given an opportunity to respond to the voting judges. A majority of the voting judges must concur in the decision to disqualify.
    3. The contest chair can disqualify a contestant on the basis of eligibility.
    4. All decisions of the voting judges and qualifying judges are final.
  22. All Speech Derby 2015 Role Takers to read the Toastmasters Speech Contest Rule Book 2014 (1171) copy attached.

 

Teens Speech Contest Specific Rules

The Teens Speech Contest follows all rules outlined in the General Rules and Procedures section. In addition, the following additions and exceptions apply.

  1. The subject for the Teens speech shall be selected by the contestant.
  2. Speech Objectives:-
    – To begin speaking before an audience
    – To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention.
  3. Speech structure: have an opening, body and closing.
  4. Warning signals for the Teens Speech Contest: Timers shall provide warning signals to the contestants, which shall be clearly visible to the speakers but not obvious to the audience.
    1. A green signal will be displayed at four minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
    2. A yellow signal will be displayed at five minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
    3. A red signal will be displayed at six minutes and will remain on until the conclusion of the speech.
    4. Teens’ speeches shall be from four to six minutes.
    5. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than three minutes 30 seconds or more than six minutes 30 seconds.
  5. In all speech contests, no signal shall be given for the overtime period.

 

Youth Speech Contest Specific Rules

The Youth Speech Contest follows all rules outlined in the General Rules and Procedures section. In addition, the following additions and exceptions apply.

  1. The subject for the Youth speech shall be selected by the contestant.
  2. Speech Objectives:-
    – To begin speaking before an audience
    – To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention.
  3. Speech structure: have an opening, body and closing.
  4. Warning signals for the Youth Speech Contest: Timers shall provide warning signals to the contestants, which shall be clearly visible to the speakers but not obvious to the audience.
    1. A green signal will be displayed at four minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
    2. A yellow signal will be displayed at five minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
    3. A red signal will be displayed at six minutes and will remain on until the conclusion of the speech.
    4. Youth speeches shall be from four to six minutes.
    5. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than three minutes 30 seconds or more than six minutes 30 seconds.
  5. In all speech contests, no signal shall be given for the overtime period.

 

Tall Tales with Vocal Variety Contest Specific Rules

The Tall Tales Contest follows all rules outlined in the General Rules and Procedures section. In addition, the following additions and exceptions apply.

  1. The subject for the Tall Tales speech must be of a highly exaggerated, improbable nature and have a theme or plot.
  2. Humour and props may be used to support or illustrate the speech.
  3. Use voice volume, pitch, rate and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message.
  4. Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally
  5. Warning signals for the Tall Tales with Vocal Variety Contest: Timers shall provide warning signals to the contestants, which shall be clearly visible to the speakers but not obvious to the audience.
    1. The green signal will be displayed at three minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
    2. The yellow signal will be displayed at four minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
    3. The red signal will be displayed at five minutes and remain displayed until the speech is concluded.
    4. Tall Tales speeches shall be from three to five minutes. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than two minutes 30 seconds or more than five minutes 30 seconds.
  6. In all speech contests, no signal shall be given for the overtime period.

 

Body Language Speech Contest Specific Rules

The Body Language Speech Contest follows all rules outlined in the General Rules and Procedures section. In addition, the following additions and exceptions apply.

  1. The subject for the Body Language speech shall be selected by the contestant, such topic shall facilitate use of body language. The speaker shall use stance, movement, gestures, facial expression and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech’s purpose.
  2. Make your Body Language smooth and natural.
  3. Warning signals for the Body Language Speech Contest: Timers shall provide warning signals to the contestants, which shall be clearly visible to the speakers but not obvious to the audience.
    1. A green signal will be displayed at five minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
    2. A yellow signal will be displayed at six minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
    3. A red signal will be displayed at seven minutes and will remain on until the conclusion of the speech.
    4. Body Language speeches shall be from five to seven minutes.
    5. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four minutes 30 seconds or more than seven minutes 30 seconds.
  4. In all speech contests, no signal shall be given for the overtime period.

 

Humorous Speech Contest Specific Rules

The Humorous Speech Contest follows all rules outlined in the General Rules and Procedures section. In addition, the following additions and exceptions apply.

  1. The subject for the Humorous speech shall be selected by the contestant. The speaker shall avoid potentially objectionable language, anecdotes, and material.
  2. The speech must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).
  3. Warning signals for the Humorous Speech Contest: Timers shall provide warning signals to the contestants, which shall be clearly visible to the speakers but not obvious to the audience.
    1. A green signal will be displayed at five minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
    2. A yellow signal will be displayed at six minutes and remain displayed for one minute.
    3. A red signal will be displayed at seven minutes and will remain on until the conclusion of the speech.
    4. Humorous speeches shall be from five to seven minutes.
    5. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four minutes 30 seconds or more than seven minutes 30 seconds.
  4. In all speech contests, no signal shall be given for the overtime period.

 

Table Topics Contest Specific Rules

The Table Topics Contest follows all rules outlined in the General Rules and Procedures section. In addition, the following additions and exceptions apply.

  1. All contestants shall receive the same topic, which shall be of a general nature.
  2. The topic shall be of reasonable length, shall not require a detailed knowledge, and shall lead to an opinion or conclusion.
  3. Contestants will receive no advance knowledge of the topic until the moment they are introduced by the contest chair.
  4. When the contest begins, all contestants except the first shall leave the room and remain under the supervision of the contest sergeant at arms.
  5. Introduce each contestant by announcing the contestant’s name, the topic, the topic, the contestant’s name.
  6. At the conclusion of each speech, the next speaker shall be invited into the room.
  7. Warning signals for the Table Topic Contest: Timers shall provide warning signals to the contestants, which shall be clearly visible to the speakers but not obvious to the audience.
    1. The green signal will be displayed at one minute and remain displayed for 30 seconds.
    2. The yellow signal will be displayed at one minute 30 seconds and remain displayed for 30 seconds.
    3. The red signal will be displayed at two minutes and remain displayed until the speech is concluded.
    4. Table Topics contest speeches shall be from one minute to two minutes.
    5. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than one minute or more than two minutes 30 seconds.
  8. In all speech contests, no signal shall be given for the overtime period.

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