A Call from Bill Teter for Speech and Debate Judges (Worldwide)

Message from Bill Teter: bill_teter@universitylaboratoryschool.org

Aloha all,

The competition season for the Lab School Speech and Debate Team is finally underway. We had our first debate tournament this past weekend, and we have a pretty busy schedule lined up for the rest of the semester. So many of you were so helpful in getting us through last year’s competitions. I’m sending out this call to ask for your help again this year – and once again, those of you who don’t live in the islands will be able to judge if you like. A few explanations and announcements to begin with:

•  Yes, we are still not meeting for in-person tournaments (so once again, no poi doughnuts and coffee for the judges, sad to say). But unlike last year, the tournaments this year will be live online rather than an asynchronous collection of pre-recorded videos. There are two exceptions:

     ~ Duo Interpretation will continue to be pre-recorded videos with the performers in separate rooms. The Hawai’i Speech League (HSL) recognized that some schools might not be allowing students to be in the same room for recording a video. We are in the process of confirming this with all schools in the League, but until that changes, we felt the fairest way to proceed was for all competitors to be performing under the same constraints. 

     ~ One of the NSDA Springboard Scrimmages (more on these next) has been designated an asynchronous tournament – all pre-recorded videos. It’s the November 9 competition.

•  The NSDA Springboard scrimmages are nationwide tournaments. You’ll have the chance to hear what students sound like in Louisiana, Wisconsin, Connecticut or even Hawai’i. The three HSL tournaments are Oct. 30, Nov. 20, and Dec. 11.

•  All tournaments are speech events except for the November 20 HSL competition, which is debate.

•  The Dec. 11 tournament is a double-entry competition. Our entire team will be double-entered; that’s why I’ll need so many judges. 

•  All listed times are Hawai‘i time; so, for those of you on the mainland:

Time ZoneHrs. Ahead(before Nov. 7)Hrs. Ahead(after Nov. 7)
Pacific32
Mountain43
Central54
Eastern65

•  Finally, the HSL is investigating the possibility of returning to in-person tournaments in the spring. We’re working out a proposed protocol, but we know we are limited by what potential schools are willing to do. I’ll keep you posted.

So, here’s what the team will need for this semester:

Thursday, October 21

NSDA 

(live online)

1:00pm   Round 1

2:30pm   Round 2

1 Judge Needed:   (sign-up deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 19)

Saturday, October 30

HSL

(live online)

7:30am     Judge Check-in and instructions

8:00am Round 1

10:00am Round 2

12:00pm Round 3

3 Judges Needed:     (sign-up deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 20)

Tuesday, November 2

NSDA 

(live online)

11:00am   Round 1

12:30pm   Round 2

1 Judge Needed:   (sign-up deadline is Monday, Nov. 1)

Tuesday, November 9

NSDA 

(asynchronous)

Since this is not a live online tournament, I’m not sure, but I suspect videos will be released at the following times:

2:00pm     Round 1

3:30pm     Round 2

1 Judge Needed:   (sign-up deadline is Monday, Nov. 8)

Thursday, November 18

NSDA 

(live online)

12:00pm   Round 1

1:30pm     Round 2

2 Judges Needed:   (sign-up deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 16)

Saturday, November 20

HSL    (Debate)

(live online)

7:30am     Judge Check-in and instructions

8:00am Round 1

10:30am Round 2

1:00pm Round 3

2 Judges Needed:   (sign-up deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 10)

Saturday, December 11

HSL 

(live online)

7:30am     Judge Check-in and instructions

8:00am Round 1

10:00am Round 2

12:00pm Round 3

7 Judges Needed:   (sign-up deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 1)

I thank you in advance for your help. I hope you know how grateful I am for anything you can do. Our team literally cannot compete without your support. Please contact me if you have any questions or issues.

Mahalo,

Bill Teter

bill_teter@universitylaboratoryschool.org

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