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NIETOC Protest Policy

PROTESTS. The members of the NIETOC Executive Council present shall have full power to adjudicate any protest, dispute, or interpretation of the rules.

The NIETOC will provide a form in the tab room on which protests may be filed. The following procedures will be followed:

A: Paperwork

1. Name of coach filing protest (a coach on record with the tournament must file the protest) and school, city, state.
2. Code of person/team being protested.
3. Round being protested.
4. Section/room and speaker number of person/team being protested.
5. Specific infraction being protested described with supporting detail.
6. Signature of protesting coach.

B. Process

After the infraction has been observed/discovered, the protest must be filed within 30 minutes following the round in question. In the event of a protest, the coach of the person/team being protested must provide an official response to the ombudsman within 30 minutes. If the protest involves the script, the original work must be produced within the initial 30 minutes.

C. Adjudication

Information regarding the protest shall be gathered by the tournament ombudsman, who shall request a ruling by the NIETOC tournament director. If so desired, the ruling of the tournament director may be appealed to the NIETOC Tournament Rules Committee. The Rules Committee’s decision is final.

D. Disqualification

In case of a disqualification of a contestant in the NIETOC tournament, the ranks of other contestants will be adjusted for the round being protested only; any prior rounds will remain unchanged.

EVENT RULES

Main Events

a. TOPIC — All speeches entered must be the original work of the contestant. Any appropriate subject may be used, but the orator must be truthful. Any non-factual reference, including a personal one, must be so identified. All speeches must have been prepared during the current competitive year. Speeches that have been used in tournaments or service club contests in previous years shall be disqualified; this rule applies to a new speech by a speaker based on the same subject used in a previous year or to any subject used for any original speech by the same contestant during the same or previous years.

b. TIME — Speeches shall be no longer than ten minutes; there is no minimum time. Speakers exceeding this time limit by more than 30 seconds shall not be ranked first. Judges should use discretion if the speaker is forced to exceed this time limit due to audience reaction.

c. QUOTATIONS — No more than 150 words of the speech may be direct quotations from another speech or writing. Extensive paraphrasing from other sources is prohibited.

d. MANUSCRIPT — A double-spaced, typewritten copy of the speech with all quotations underlined must be submitted upon registration. The manuscript must follow the MLA or APA style guidelines for internal citations and must include a “works-cited” page.

e. AIDS — No notes, visual or audio aids, or manuscripts shall be permitted in the contest rounds. Speeches must be delivered from memory.

f. TIME — Oratories shall be no more than ten (10) minutes in performance. There is no minimum time limit. Speakers exceeding this time limit by more than 30 seconds shall not be ranked first. For each final round, a tournament official, or designee shall serve as the official timer, and will have the discretion of waiving time violations for contestants exceeding the time limit due to audience reactions. This may be extended to the semi-final round at the discretion of the tournament director or designee.

a. SELECTION — Selections used in Dramatic or Humorous Interpretation shall be cuttings from a single source from a published printed novel, short story, play, poem or screenplay. One-character selections, or monologues, may be used. No contestant may use the same literary work that s/he used in previous competitive years. No contestant may enter the same selection in two qualifying events. The material may be humorous or dramatic, or combine both tones depending on the selected work. Contestants may not combine two or more pieces of literature. A piece of literature shall be defined as one piece of writing which was written with the intent to be published as one work.

b. PUBLICATION — All contestants must use published materials. “Published” as used in these rules means materials for which the coach is able to provide proof of publication using either of the following methods: — Originating in print form (book, photocopy of the book, or a manuscript) — Originating in digital form (a printed copy of an online transcript) Unpublished material used for introductions and transitions of interpretations shall be the original work of either or both of the contestants. Transitions and other added material must not change the author’s intent.

c. MANUSCRIPT – An original or photocopy of the original selection must be submitted at registration. Script check is the last step in the registration process. Schools that do not complete the registration process are not eligible to compete in the tournament. The portion(s) of the author’s work being used in the interpretation must be highlighted. All introductory and transitional phrases shall be clearly indicated as such on the manuscript. Transitions and other added material must not exceed 150 words and must not change the author’s intent. Contestants must adhere to the material as submitted when performing during rounds.

d. TIME — Interpretations shall be no more than ten (10) minutes in performance including introductory and transitional materials. There is no minimum time limit. Speakers exceeding this time limit by more than 30 seconds shall not be ranked first. For each final round, a tournament official, or designee shall serve as the official timer, and will have the discretion of waiving time violations for contestants exceeding the time limit due to audience reactions. This may be extended to the semi-final round at the discretion of the tournament director or designee.

e. PERFORMANCE — The interpretation must be delivered from memory; no notes, prompting or scripts shall be permitted. No costumes or props shall be permitted.

Duet Acting is now eligible under both the BID and AT-LARGE systems. If a bid school tournament offers Duet, bids will be awarded at the appropriate level. We will also continue to allow teams to apply for acceptance via the at-large system.

We realize that duet acting is not offered at a large number of tournaments across the country. Therefore, in an effort to help generate interest and encourage growth of the event, we are offering the following incentive: If you have a single-entered NIETOC qualifier, that student may enter duet acting with a partner of their choice, as an at-large entry at the NIETOC. Each school is eligible for two of these at-large duet entries.

a. SELECTION — Selections used in Duet Acting shall be cuttings from a single source from a published printed novel, short story, play, poem or screenplay. No contestant may use the same literary work that s/he used in previous competitive years. No contestant may enter the same selection in two qualifying events. The material may be humorous or dramatic, or combine both tones depending on the selected work. Contestants may not combine two or more pieces of literature. A piece of literature shall be defined as one piece of writing which was written with the intent to be published as one work. Each of the two performers may play one or more characters so long as performance responsibility in the cutting remains as balanced as possible. Introductory and/or transitional material may be presented by either or both contestants.

b. PUBLICATION — All contestants must use published materials. “Published” as used in these rules means materials for which the coach is able to provide proof of publication using either of the following methods: — Originating in print form (book, photocopy of the book, or a manuscript) — Originating in digital form (a printed copy of an online transcript) Unpublished material used for introductions and transitions of interpretations shall be the original work of either or both of the contestants. Transitions and other added material must not change the author’s intent.

c. MANUSCRIPT – An original or photocopy of the original selection must be submitted at registration. Script check is the last step in the registration process. Schools that do not complete the registration process are not eligible to compete in the tournament. The portion(s) of the author’s work being used in the interpretation must be highlighted. All introductory and transitional phrases shall be clearly indicated as such on the manuscript. Transitions and other added material must not exceed 150 words and must not change the author’s intent. Contestants must adhere to the material as submitted when performing during rounds.

d. TIME — Interpretations shall be no more than ten (10) minutes in performance including introductory and transitional materials. There is no minimum time limit. Speakers exceeding this time limit by more than 30 seconds shall not be ranked first. For each final round, a tournament official, or designee shall serve as the official timer, and will have the discretion of waiving time violations for contestants exceeding the time limit due to audience reactions. This may be extended to the semi-final round at the discretion of the tournament director or designee.

e. PERFORMANCE — The interpretation must be delivered from memory; no notes, prompting or scripts shall be permitted. No costumes or props shall be permitted. During the performance, on-stage focus (meaning contestants MAY look directly at each other) may and/or should be employed by both contestants. Contestants are encouraged to touch and make eye contact during any part of the performance. Two chairs will be allowed for use as props or to facilitate blocking and to create levels, atmosphere and environment. Two standard classroom chairs will be provided. If the performers deem it necessary, they may provide their own chairs.

a. SELECTION — Selections used in Dramatic or Humorous Interpretation shall be cuttings from a single source from a published printed novel, short story, play, poem or screenplay. One-character selections, or monologues, may be used. No contestant may use the same literary work that s/he used in previous competitive years. No contestant may enter the same selection in two qualifying events. The material may be humorous or dramatic, or combine both tones depending on the selected work. Contestants may not combine two or more pieces of literature. A piece of literature shall be defined as one piece of writing which was written with the intent to be published as one work.

b. PUBLICATION — All contestants must use published materials. “Published” as used in these rules means materials for which the coach is able to provide proof of publication using either of the following methods: — Originating in print form (book, photocopy of the book, or a manuscript) — Originating in digital form (a printed copy of an online transcript) Unpublished material used for introductions and transitions of interpretations shall be the original work of either or both of the contestants. Transitions and other added material must not change the author’s intent.

c. MANUSCRIPT – An original or photocopy of the original selection must be submitted at registration. Script check is the last step in the registration process. Schools that do not complete the registration process are not eligible to compete in the tournament. The portion(s) of the author’s work being used in the interpretation must be highlighted. All introductory and transitional phrases shall be clearly indicated as such on the manuscript. Transitions and other added material must not exceed 150 words and must not change the author’s intent. Contestants must adhere to the material as submitted when performing during rounds.

d. TIME — Interpretations shall be no more than ten (10) minutes in performance including introductory and transitional materials. There is no minimum time limit. Speakers exceeding this time limit by more than 30 seconds shall not be ranked first. For each final round, a tournament official, or designee shall serve as the official timer, and will have the discretion of waiving time violations for contestants exceeding the time limit due to audience reactions. This may be extended to the semi-final round at the discretion of the tournament director or designee.

e. PERFORMANCE — The interpretation must be delivered from memory; no notes, prompting or scripts shall be permitted. No costumes or props shall be permitted.

Duo Interpretation

a. ELECTION — Selections used in Duo Interpretation shall be cuttings from a single source from a published printed novel, short story, play, poem or screenplay. No contestant may use the same literary work that s/he used in previous competitive years. No contestant may enter the same selection in two qualifying events. The material may be humorous or dramatic, or combine both tones depending on the selected work. Contestants may not combine two or more pieces of literature. A piece of literature shall be defined as one piece of writing which was written with the intent to be published as one work. Each of the two performers may play one or more characters so long as performance responsibility in the cutting remains as balanced as possible. Introductory and/or transitional material may be presented by either or both contestants.

b. PUBLICATION — All contestants must use published materials. “Published” as used in these rules means materials for which the coach is able to provide proof of publication using either of the following methods: — Originating in print form (book, photocopy of the book, or a manuscript) — Originating in digital form (a printed copy of an online transcript) Unpublished material used for introductions and transitions of interpretations shall be the original work of either or both of the contestants. Transitions and other added material must not change the author’s intent.

c. MANUSCRIPT – An original or photocopy of the original selection must be submitted at registration. Script check is the last step in the registration process. Schools that do not complete the registration process are not eligible to compete in the tournament. The portion(s) of the author’s work being used in the interpretation must be highlighted. All introductory and transitional phrases shall be clearly indicated as such on the manuscript. Transitions and other added material must not exceed 150 words and must not change the author’s intent. Contestants must adhere to the material as submitted when performing during rounds.

d. TIME — Interpretations shall be no more than ten (10) minutes in performance including introductory and transitional materials. There is no minimum time limit. Speakers exceeding this time limit by more than 30 seconds shall not be ranked first. For each final round, a tournament official, or designee shall serve as the official timer, and will have the discretion of waiving time violations for contestants exceeding the time limit due to audience reactions. This may be extended to the semi-final round at the discretion of the tournament director or designee.

e. PERFORMANCE — The interpretation must be delivered from memory; no notes, prompting or scripts shall be permitted. No costumes or props shall be permitted. During the performance, off-stage focus (meaning contestants may not look directly at each other) must be employed by both contestants; during presentation of narration, or transitional material, eye contact should be made with the audience. The contestants may react to each other’s verbal and/or non-verbal expressions, but are discouraged from touching one another. Contestants may touch and make eye contact during introductory material.

Main Event Pairing & Tabulation Rules – Revised April 2016
TIEBREAKING PROCEDURES — MAIN EVENTS

PRELIMS
In the four preliminary rounds there will be two judges, whose ranks will not be combined. Individual ranks of 6 or 7 will be modified to a 5. In events with less than 125 contestants, the top 30 students will advance to a quarterfinal round. In events with 125 or more contestants, the top 60 will advance to an octofinal round. Advancing to an elimination round is based on the following:

1. Lowest preliminary cumulative rank total, using all eight modified ranks
2. Highest preliminary cumulative reciprocal total, using all eight modified reciprocals
3. Lowest preliminary rank total using all eight ranks, reverting to original/unmodified ranks
4. Head-to-head in prelims (two-way ties only) using unmodified ranks
5. Greatest number of 1s, then greatest number of 2s, all the way down to the worst rank using unmodified ranks
6. Drop the worst unmodified rank (leaving seven unmodified ranks)
7. Drop the best unmodified rank (leaving seven unmodified ranks)

OCTOFINALS
The octofinal round will be power balanced with three judges in each section. All individual ranks will remain unmodified. The thirty students with the lowest overall cumulative rankings (from the octofinal and prelim rounds) will advance to the quarterfinal round based on the following:

1. Lowest cumulative rank total in all rounds (modified prelims + octos)
2. Highest cumulative reciprocal total in all rounds (modified prelims + octos)
3. Lowest rank total in the octofinal round only
4. Highest reciprocal total in the octofinal round only
5. Lowest Panel Rank in Octofinals. Panel Rank will be computed in the following way:
A. Students in the section will be ordered according to their octofinal rank total
B. In case of a tie, judges’ preference will be employed*
C. If judges’ preference is unable to break the tie, use octofinal round reciprocals to break the panel rank tie.
6. Judges’ preference* in octofinal round only (if tied contestants are in the same octofinal panel)
7. Greatest number of 1s, then greatest number of 2s, all the way down to the worst rank in all rounds (modified prelims + octofinals)
8. Preliminary rank total using modified ranks

QUARTERFINALS
The quarterfinal round will be power balanced with three judges in each section. All individual ranks will remain unmodified. The twelve students with the lowest overall cumulative rankings (from the octofinal, quarterfinal and prelim rounds) will advance to the semifinal round based on the following:

1. Lowest cumulative rank total in all rounds (modified prelims + octos + quarters)
2. Highest cumulative reciprocal total in all rounds (modified prelims + octos + quarters)
3. Lowest rank total in the quarterfinal round only
4. Highest reciprocal total in the quarterfinal round only
5. Lowest Panel Rank in Quarterfinals. Panel Rank will be computed in the following way:
A. Students in the section will be ordered according to their quarterfinal rank total
B. In case of a tie, judges’ preference will be employed*
C. If judges’ preference is unable to break the tie, use quarterfinal round reciprocals to break the panel rank tie.
6. Judges’ preference* in quarterfinal round only (if tied contestants are in the same quarterfinal panel)
7. Greatest number of 1s, then greatest number of 2s, all the way down to the worst rank in all rounds (modified prelims + quarterfinals)
8. Preliminary rank total using modified ranks

SEMIFINALS
The semifinal rounds will be power balanced with five judges in each section. All individual ranks will remain unmodified. The six students with the best cumulative rankings (from the semifinal, quarterfinal, octofinal and preliminary rounds) will advance to the final round based on the following:

1. Lowest cumulative rank total in all rounds (modified prelims + octos + quarters + semis)
2. Highest cumulative reciprocal total in all rounds (modified prelims + octos + quarters + semis)
3. Lowest rank total in the semifinal round only
4. Highest reciprocal total in the semifinal round only
5. Lowest Panel Rank in Semifinals. Panel Rank will be computed in the following way:
A. Students in the section will be ordered according to their semifinal rank total
B. In case of a tie, judges’ preference will be employed*
C. If judges’ preference is unable to break the tie, use semifinal round reciprocals to break the panel rank tie.
6. Judges’ preference* in semifinal round only (if tied contestants are in the same semifinal panel)
7. Greatest number of 1s, then greatest number of 2s, all the way down to the worst rank in all rounds (modified prelims + octofinals + quarterfinals + semifinals)

FINALS
The final round will have seven judges. The six finalists will speak in a random order. All individual ranks will remain unmodified. Tournament placing will be determined on the following:

1. Lowest cumulative rank total in all rounds (modified prelims + octofinals + quarters + semis + finals)
2. Highest cumulative reciprocal total in all rounds (modified prelims + octos + quarters + semis + finals)
3. Lowest rank total in the final round only
4. Highest reciprocal total in the final round only
5. Judges’ preference* in final round only
6. Greatest number of 1s, then greatest number of 2s, all the way down to the worst rank in all rounds (modified prelims + octofinals + quarers + semis + finals)
* – Judges’ preference: If a student received the top rank among the tied students from a majority of the judges in the section containing the tie, that student will come out of the tie in first via judges’ preference. If a three-or-more-way tie is broken in this fashion, a tie may still remain – if so, judges’ preference will then be used on it, as well.

Supplemental Events

a. SELECTION — No contestant may use exactly the same literary work(s) that s/he used in previous competitive years. No contestant may enter the same selection in two qualifying events. Prose expresses thought through language recorded in sentences and paragraphs: fiction (short stories, novels) and non-fiction (articles, essays, journals, biographies). No plays or other dramatic materials, such as a movie script, may be used.

b. PUBLICATION — All contestants must use published materials. “Published” as used in these rules means materials for which the coach is able to provide proof of publication using either of the following methods: –Originating in print form (book, photocopy of the book, or a manuscript) –Originating in digital form (a printed copy of an online transcript) Unpublished material used for introductions and transitions of interpretations shall be the original work of either or both of the contestants. Transitions and other added material must not change the author’s intent.

c. MANUSCRIPT — An original or photocopy of the original selection must be submitted at registration. Script check is the last step in the registration process. Schools that do not complete the registration process are not eligible to compete in the tournament. The portion(s) of the author’s work being used in the interpretation must be highlighted. All introductory and transitional phrases shall be clearly indicated as such on the manuscript. Transitions and other added material must not exceed 150 words and must not change the author’s intent. Contestants must adhere to the material as submitted when performing during rounds.

d. TIME — Interpretations shall be no more than seven (7) minutes in performance including introductory and transitional materials. There is no minimum time limit. Speakers exceeding this time limit by more than 30 seconds shall not be ranked first. For each final round, a tournament official, or designee shall serve as the official timer, and will have the discretion of waiving time violations for contestants exceeding the time limit due to audience reactions. This may be extended to the semi-final round at the discretion of the tournament director or designee.

e. PERFORMANCE — The selections must be interpreted from a manuscript in the hand or hands of the contestant. The contestant may interpret the selection by referencing the manuscript or may give the selection solely by memory without reference to the manuscript, but in either event must hold the manuscript in his/her own hand or hands at all times. No costumes or props, with the exception of the intact manuscript, shall be permitted in prose interpretation.

 

a. SELECTION — No contestant may use exactly the same themes and/or literary work(s) that s/he used in previous competitive years. No contestant may enter the same selection in two qualifying events. Poetry is writing which expresses ideas, experience, or emotion through the creative arrangement of words according to their sound, their rhythm, their meaning. Poetry may rely on verse and stanza form. Plays or fiction written in verse would be acceptable material in this event. A student may use one long poem or a combination of two or more poems unified by author or theme.

b. PUBLICATION — All contestants must use published materials. “Published” as used in these rules means materials for which the coach is able to provide proof of publication using either of the following methods: –Originating in print form (book, photocopy of the book, or a manuscript) –Originating in digital form (a printed copy of an online transcript) Unpublished material used for introductions and transitions of interpretations shall be the original work of either or both of the contestants. Transitions and other added material must not change the author’s intent.

c. MANUSCRIPT — An original or photocopy of the original selection must be submitted at registration. Script check is the last step in the registration process. Schools that do not complete the registration process are not eligible to compete in the tournament. The portion(s) of the author’s work being used in the interpretation must be highlighted. All introductory and transitional phrases shall be clearly indicated as such on the manuscript. Transitions and other added material must not exceed 150 words and must not change the author’s intent. Contestants must adhere to the material as submitted when performing during rounds.

d. TIME: Interpretations shall be no more than seven (7) minutes in performance including introductory and transitional materials. There is no minimum time limit. Speakers exceeding this time limit by more than 30 seconds shall not be ranked first. For each final round, a tournament official, or designee shall serve as the official timer, and will have the discretion of waiving time violations for contestants exceeding the time limit due to audience reactions. This may be extended to the semi-final round at the discretion of the tournament director or designee.

e. PERFORMANCE — The selections must be interpreted from a manuscript in the hand or hands of the contestant. The contestant may interpret the selection by referencing the manuscript or may give the selection solely by memory without reference to the manuscript, but in either event must hold the manuscript in his/her own hand or hands at all times. No costumes or props, with the exception of the intact manuscript, shall be permitted in poetry interpretation.

TOPIC — Expository speeches are original compositions of the contestant. The expository speech is a speech to inform, and should describe, clarify, illustrate or define an object, idea, concept, or process. A fabricated topic/subject may not be used. In expository, a student may not use any portion of his/her original oration entered at the NIETOC tournament.

ORIGINALITY — All speeches entered must be the original work of the contestant. All speeches must have been prepared during the current competitive year. Speeches that have been used in tournaments or service club contests in previous years shall be disqualified; this rule applies to a new speech by a speaker based on the same subject used in a previous year or to any subject used for any original speech by the same contestant during the same or previous years.

VISUALS — No visual aids may be used during the expository speech.

TIME: Speeches shall be no longer than seven (7) minutes; there is no minimum time. Speakers exceeding this time limit by more than 30 seconds shall not be ranked first. Judges should use discretion if the speaker is forced to exceed this time limit due to audience reaction.

DELIVERY — The speech must be delivered from memory with no reference to notecards and/or manuscript.

TIEBREAKING PROCEDURES – SUPPLEMENTAL EVENTS
Contestants eliminated from the main events after Round 4 may participate in two of these events (Prose, Poetry, Expository, Storytelling) if pre-registered for each. The students should report promptly to supplemental re-registration during the posted time.

PRELIMS
In the three preliminary rounds there will be two judges, whose ranks will not be combined. Individual ranks of 6 or 7 will be modified to a 5.

If more than 50 students compete in an event, 12 students will advance to a semifinal round. If less than 50 students compete, 6 students will advance to the final round. Advancement is based on the following:

1. Lowest preliminary cumulative rank total using all six “modified” ranks
2. Highest preliminary cumulative reciprocal total using all six “modified” reciprocals
3. Lowest preliminary rank total using all six ranks, reverting to original/unmodified ranks
4. Head-to-head in prelims (two-way ties only) using unmodified ranks
5. Greatest number of 1s, then greatest number of 2s, all the way down to the worst rank using unmodified ranks
6. Drop the worst unmodified rank (leaving five unmodified ranks)
7. Drop the best unmodified rank (leaving five unmodified ranks)

SEMIFINALS
The semifinal round, if held, will be power balanced with three judges in each section. All individual ranks will remain unmodified. The six students with the best overall rankings from the two semifinal round sections will advance to the final round based on the following:

1. Lowest cumulative rank total in all rounds (modified prelims + semis)
2. Highest cumulative reciprocal total in all rounds (modified prelims +  semis)
3. Lowest rank total in the semifinal round only
4. Highest reciprocal total in the semifinal round only
5. Lowest Panel Rank in Semifinals. Panel Rank will be computed in the following way:
A. Students in the section will be ordered according to their semifinal rank total
B. In case of a tie, judges’ preference will be employed*
C. If judges’ preference is unable to break the tie, use semifinal round reciprocals to break the panel rank tie.
6. Judges’ preference* in semifinal round only (if tied contestants are in the same semifinal panel)
7. Greatest number of 1s, then greatest number of 2s, all the way down to the worst rank in all rounds (modified prelims + semifinals)

FINALS
The final round will have five judges. The six finalists will speak in random order. Tournament placement will be determined on the following:

1. Lowest cumulative rank total in all rounds (modified prelims + semis + finals)
2. Highest cumulative reciprocal total in all rounds (modified prelims + semis + finals)
3. Lowest rank total in the final round only
4. Highest reciprocal total in the final round only
5. Judges’ preference* in final round only
6. Greatest number of 1s, then greatest number of 2s, all the way down to the worst rank in all rounds (modified prelims + semifinals + finals).

*Judges’ preference: If a student received the top rank among the tied students from a majority of the judges in the section containing the tie, that student will come out of the tie in first via judges’ preference. If a three-or-more-way tie is broken in this fashion, a tie may still remain – if so, judges’ preference will then be used on it, as well.