North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities Competition Rules

  1. Forensics
  1. Registration.
  1. All teams must register online before the competition according to Rule IX of NCASA Competition Rules.
  2. All teams must submit their roster including student names and corresponding events by deadline published by NCASA. Teams who fail to submit their roster on time may be disqualified.
  1. Withdrawal. Teams that choose to not participate in a competition after registering to participate in that competition must notify NCASA.
  1. Registered Teams that withdraw from a competition during the competition registration period will not pay a penalty.
  2. Registered Teams that withdraw from a competition after the conclusion of the Pre-competition Registration period must pay a penalty.
  1. Registered Teams that withdraw from a competition eight (8) or more days prior to the day of the competition must pay a $30 penalty.
  2. Registered Teams that withdraw from a competition between eight (8) and one (1) day prior to the day of the competition must pay a $50 penalty.
  3. Registered Teams that withdraw from a competition less than twentyfour (24) hours prior to the start of the On-Site Registration period shall incur a $100 penalty.
  1. Penalties for withdrawal from a competition may be waived at the discretion of NCASA.
  1. Volunteer.
  1. Each team must provide two to three Volunteers to help administer the competition.
  1. All Volunteers must be certified judges.
  1. Schools with 2-6 entries must bring two certified judges.
  2. Schools with 7-12 entries must bring three certified judges.
  1. The Volunteers must arrive on site for the Volunteer training prior to the scheduled kick-off meeting.
  2. NCASA will notify all schools of the Volunteer certification requirements.
  3. Teams failing to furnish the necessary Volunteers will have the Coach serve in that role.
  4. If the coach is unwilling or unable to serve as Volunteer, the team will forfeit.
  5. Teams failing to furnish the necessary judges will forfeit.
  1. Check-in. NCASA will publish a “check-in” period for the tournament at least a week prior to the day of the Tournament.
  1. A representative from each Team must check-in during this time period and confirm the roster of Players that will compete. Non-participating guests must check-in at the registration table with their team.
  2. The team representative will receive a roster with Player Code name tags. The coach is responsible for ensuring students have the correct player code.
  3. Late registrations will only be accepted until the beginning of the kick-off meeting.
  4. Teams may substitute up to two students without penalty. These substitute students must compete in the same events as the original entry. Teams should make NCASA aware of substitutions as soon as they are known during the week prior to the tournament.
  5. Teams with more than two substitutes will be penalized two sweepstakes points per substitute over two.
  6. Additions to the roster are not permitted.
  7. Roster deletions without substitution will be penalized two sweepstakes points per deletion.
  1. Team Composition.
  1. Coach
  1. One individual who is not a student (e.g.: a teacher, assistant principal, etc.) may serve as a Coach to train and supervise the Players.
  1. Entries
  2. Each school may field up to twelve entries.
  3. Each school may field a maximum of three entries per event.
  4. Each student may participate in one event per competition.
  5. A school must have six or more entries to compete as a team.
  1. Only schools who compete as a team may advance to the State Final.
  2. Students from schools with fewer than six entries will compete as individuals.
  3. Only schools who compete as a team will earn Cup Points.
  1. Events
  1. The following events will be contested at each competition. Shown in parentheses is the number of students per entry.
  1. Humorous Interpretation (1)
  2. Dramatic Interpretation (1)
  3. Extemporaneous Speaking (1)
  4. Original Oratory (1)
  5. Duo Interpretation (2)
  6. Public Forum Debate (2)
  1. Each event will be presented according to standard middle school rules and guidelines from the National Speech and Debate Association. Use this link to view the current rules: 
  2. Exception to NSDA Rules: In Extemporaneous Speaking, students may bring a note card up to 5" x 7" in size into the room to reference during their speech. This note card must be prepared entirely during their preparation time and therefore must be clean and new prior to the preparation time.
  3. Clarification from NSDA Rules: props may not be used in any event.
  1. Rounds
  1. Each Regional competition will contain three rounds of play.
  2. The State Final will contain three rounds of play for all events except Public Forum Debate.
  3. In Public Forum Debate, the top two entries based on rankings and scores from the first three rounds will compete in Round 4.
  1. Kick-off meeting.
  1. The Tournament Director will conduct a kick-off meeting for all Teams and Volunteers to review essential procedures, room assignments, schedule, and other necessary information.
  2. The Judges Coordinator will conduct a kick-off meeting for all judges. Every effort will be made to keep judges from scoring students from their own school. However, this may not be possible for small tournaments.
  1. Room Assignments
  1. Immediately following the kick-off meetings, players and judges will be directed to their classroom.
  2. Judges will call role and assure all students are present. Performance order will be reviewed.
  3. Debate:
  1. A pair will not debate another team from their own school where possible.
  2. Pairings will be setup such that teams will debate other teams with the same record.
  1. Speech:
  1. Competitors from each school will be evenly distributed across the rooms.
  1. Performance
  1. Students are to conduct themselves appropriately while other students are performing. Students should remain in the room until all performances are complete.
  2. Judges will listen attentively and score performances according to the guidelines presented during certification and the kick-off meeting.
  3. Judges should show courtesy to the students but not comment on their performances. Completed ballots are not to be revealed to anyone (students, coaches, parents, etc.) and should be sent to the Scoring Room as soon as all performances are complete.
  4. The judge is responsible to make sure the competition runs smoothly and may remove any spectator or student who is disrupting the room.
  5. Parents may videotape their own child’s performance but may not videotape other children’s performances.
  1. Scoring
  1. Entries in each event will be scored and ranked using NCASA ballots.
  2. Entries in Round 4 will be scored by up to three judges. Judges will score independently and scores will be combined to determine overall ranking and points.
  3. Overall ranking in each event will be determined by the following, in order:
  1. Ranking in Round 4
  2. Total speaker points earned in Round 4 (to be used only if Ranking in Part A above ends in a tie)
  3. Ranking in Rounds 1-3
  4. Total speaker points earned (to be used only if Ranking in Part C above ends in a tie)
  5. Reciprocals of ranks (only used as a second tie-breaker, highest reciprocal of ranks is highest rank.)
  6. Head-to-head
  1. Sweepstakes Points will be awarded according to the following guidelines
  1. Only the eight highest scoring entries for each team will earn sweepstakes points.
  2. First place entry in each event will earn 10 points.
  3. Second place entry in each event will earn 9 points, and so on to the tenth place entry in each event will earn 1 point.
  1. Team Awards
  1. Teams will be ranked according to the overall sweepstakes points.
  2. If sweepstakes points are tied, most winners, then second place, and so on will be used as a tiebreaker.
  3. Advancement requirements to the State Finals will be determined by the Forensics committee after registration is closed but prior to the Regional competitions.
  4. The top 15% of all entries (rounded up) in the Regional but whose teams do not advance to the State Final will be permitted to advance to the State Final.
  1. Returning Ballots
  1. Once the awards are announced, the ballots and sweepstakes sheet will be given to the appropriate coaches.
  1. Scoring Challenges
  1. Subjective reviews and scoring may not be challenged or appealed.
  2. Scoring Calculation errors may be appealed by the coach in writing to the Tournament Director.