TFA state-qualifying events: LD debate, PF debate, Congressional debate, CX debate, Foreign and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Duet Acting, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interp, and Duo Interp.
NFL nationals-qualifying events: LD debate, PF debate, Congressional debate, CX debate, Foreign and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interp, and Duo Interp.
UIL regionals & state-qualifying events: LD debate, CX debate, Informative and Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking, Prose interp, and Poetry Interp.
NIETOC (National Individual Events Tournament of Champions) qualifying events: Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and Duet Acting.
Duet Acting - TFA, NIETOC
Selections used in Duet Acting shall be cuttings from a single source from a published printed novel, short
story, play, poem or screenplay. Proof that the material is printed and published shall be available to the tournament
director upon request. Violation of this rule will result in disqualification. The selections shall be serious or humorous works. Time for presentation shall not exceed twelve minutes with a thirty second grace period. Each selection shall include an introduction which shall set the scene and mood and include the title and author of the work. Time for the introduction shall be included in the
time limit. The selection shall be memorized and presented without the use of physical objects (props, hand props, or scenery) or costume. Two chairs will be allowed. The two chairs will be used to create atmosphere and environment. No portion of a work used by either student prior to the current school year or during the current year in another TFA event shall be used in TFA competition. The same selection shall be used for the duration of the tournament. Violation of this rule will result in disqualification. A student may compete with one partner and one selection at a given tournament. Cuttings should maintain the
author’s intent, and additional words may be added for transitional purposes only.
Duo Interpretation - TFA, NFL, NIETOC:
A scene performed by 2 actors. Time for presentation shall not exceed ten minutes with a thirty second grace period. In Duo Interpretation focus may be direct during the introduction and the performers may look at each other, but must be indirect (off-stage) during the performance itself. Each of the two performers may play one or more characters, as long as performance responsibility in the cutting remains as balanced as possible. If the selection is prose or poetry and contains narration, either or both of the performers may present the narration.
Dramatic Interpretation (DI) - TFA, NFL, NIETOC:
Selections used in Dramatic shall be cuttings from a single source from published printed shall be novels, short stories, plays, poems, or screenplays. Proof that material is printed and published shall be available to tournament director upon request. Presentation shall be from memory and without the use of physical objects or costumes. Students
should avoid movement in the presentation that would distract from the literature itself. Maximum time shall be ten minutes with thirty second grace period.
Humorous Interpretation (HI) - TFA, NFL, NIETOC:
The Humorous Interpretation contest enables the
student not only to develop skills common to all speech
contests, but to select and condense worthy humorous literature suitable to the contestant’s personality and maturity and to convey orally the humor of that literature
through characterization and narration. Student plays all characters in the chosen scene, and utilizes "popping" to differentiate each character.
Prose - TFA, UIL (not state-qualifying event for TFA):
A 7 minute cutting from a literary work, such as a novel, short story, narrative, etc. Must include an introduction including the title and author. Cutting should be placed in a black Interp notebook, measuring approx. 7x8 ½ .
Focus should not be centered on “reading” the selection, but rather interpreting the literature’s meaning and emotive qualities through controlled gestures, vocal and facial expression. Material can be dramatic or humorous.
Poetry - TFA, UIL (not state-qualifying event for TFA):
A 7 minute cutting from a poetic works, such as a single poem or collection of short themed poems. Must include an introduction including the title and author. Cutting should be placed in a black Interp notebook, measuring approx.
7x8 ½ . Focus should not be centered on “reading” the selection, but rather interpreting the poetry’s meaning and emotive qualities through controlled gestures, vocal and facial expression. Material can be dramatic or humorous.
Event Descriptions (cont.)
Lincoln-Douglas (LD) DEBATE - TFA, NFL, UIL
Through this contest, students are encouraged to develop a direct and communicative delivery. The statement of the topic is a resolution of VALUE rather than of policy. This results in emphasizing logic, theory and philosophy while eliminating “plan” arguments. The affirmative speaker begins with a six minute constructive speech, followed by a three minute cross-examination period by his/her opponent. The negative speaker then presents a seven minute constructive speech, followed by a three minute cross-examination by his opponent. There are three alternating rebuttal speeches, beginning and ending with the affirmative speaker. These rebuttals are four, six, and three minutes respectively. Each debater shall be allowed a total of four minutes of preparation time per round. Directors of Invitational Qualifying Tournaments must choose either the current NFL or UIL topic.
Congressional DEBATE - TFA, NFL
Formerly called "Student Congress," Congressional Debate enables the student to gain a better knowledge of political science while utilizing the skills of public speaking, group discussion, debate, and parliamentary procedure. Serving as Representatives or Senators, students have the chance to debate a variety of current issues in the form of bills and resolutions. Students have the opportunity to qualify for the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament as a Representative in the House. Every TFA Member School shall be granted one legislator in the Senate. Students may also qualify for the NATIONAL tournament at Congress Districts.
Public Forum (PF) DEBATE - TFA, NFL
PFD is a team event that advocates or rejects a position posed by the monthly resolution topic, which is timely and "ripped from the headlines" (announced online at www.NationalForensicLeague.org). The clash of ideas must be communicated in a manner persuasive to the non-specialist or “citizen judge”, i.e. a member of the American jury. The debate should: Display solid logic, lucid reasoning, and depth of analysis, Utilize evidence without being driven by it, Present a clash of ideas by countering/refuting arguments of the opposing team (rebuttal), Communicate ideas with clarity, organization, eloquence, and professional decorum.
Team Cross Examination (CX) - TFA, NFL, UIL
(aka Policy Debate)
The official national high school topic shall be used in all TFA team debate contests. A team shall consist of two competitors from the same school. Each speaker shall have eight minutes for constructive argument, alternating
affirmative to negative. Following each constructive speech, one opponent shall cross-examine the speaker for three minutes. The questioner shall control the use of time and may interrupt the respondent, but may not comment on the answers or make any statement of his own views. Each debater shall question one opponent. Following the four constructive speeches and subsequent questioning,
each speaker shall have five minutes for rebuttal, alternating negative too affirmative. Each team shall be allowed a total of eight minutes of preparation time per round.
Extemporaneous Speaking (Extemp) - TFA, NFL, UIL:
There shall be two divisions: United States and Foreign. *In UIL, the divisions are Informative and Persuasive.
Students can compete and qualify in both United States and Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking, but he/she must choose one for TFA State. Topics are to be phrased in the form of a question. Topics shall be from subjects discussed in standard periodicals of the current school year. Thirty minutes before the contest is to begin, the first speaker shall draw three topics, choose one, and return the others. The other contestants shall draw in like manner, in their speaking order, at seven minute intervals. A contestant drawing a topic on which he/she has spoken previously in the tournament shall return that topic and draw again. After the contestant has chosen a topic, he/she shall withdraw to the preparation area and plan his/her speech without conferring or exchanging information with anyone. No prepared notes or outlines will be allowed in the preparation room. Contestants may refer to files containing books, book excerpts, periodicals, online retrievals from mass media publications, and/or photocopies of any of the above. Information retrieved from internet websites must include the URL citation. Cutting and pasting of multiple articles into a single document is not permitted. Once a contestant has chosen a topic, he/she may neither change from nor alter that topic. No visual aids may be used in the
delivery of the speech. Electronic retrieval devices (computers) are allowed in the draw preparation room, but NO INTERNET ACCESS IS ALLOWED. Time limit is seven minutes with thirty second grace period.
Original Oratory (OO) - TFA, NFL, NIETOC:
Oratory is an activity in which the student writes, memorizes, and then delivers a persuasive speech arising from his/her personal feelings, convictions, or a source or irritation about some problem. Topics for the original oration may be selected by the student and with the aid of the coach or teacher, but the oration itself must be the product of the contestant alone and not his/her coach or teacher. Although many orations deal with a current
problem and propose a solution, this is not the only acceptable form of oratory. The oration may simply alert the audience to a threatening danger, strengthen its
devotion to an accepted cause, or eulogize a person. Visual aids are not permitted in this contest. Any appropriate subject may be used, but the orator must be truthful. Any nonfactual reference, especially a personal one, must be
so identified. Not more than 150 words of the oration may be direct quotation from any other speech or writing, and such quotations shall be identified in the written copy of the speech. Extensive paraphrasing of any source is prohibited. A written copy of the oration must be available to the tournament director upon request. Time limit shall be ten minutes maximum with a thirty second grace.