Speaker Room Protocol
- The judging starts when you enter the room – smile!
- Wait for judges to be ready
- Introduce yourself [Limited Prep: do this before you start prepping!]- My name is:
- DON’T say: I’m your 3rd speaker
- Head drops – yes for interps ; no for platforms
- Make sure you can see the TIMEPIECE or identify TIMER and confirm hand signals will be given. (all events)
- Shake hands and Thank you
- Never comment on your performance after your speech immediately outside your room.
Legacy Tournament Etiquette
- Tournament Attire – always while on campus. Awards Ceremony too. Includes shoes!
- Attend the Awards Ceremony – even if you don’t break! (NO gum chewing on stage!)
- Never enter or exit a competition room while someone is speaking.
- Never enter areas that are not being used for the tournament.
- Never keep judges waiting:
- Check posting immediately.
- Go directly to your room, even if you’re not first on list.
- Be willing to go out of order.
- When you are done with your events, watch others.
- As a spectator, do not whisper in speech or debate rooms while speakers are speaking!
- Girls: no wisps of hair in your face.
- Do not withdraw from a tournament after registration closes unless it’s an emergency.
- Take ballots! Judge every available round, not just the minimum required.
- Consider attending a debate orientation and judge debate
- Tournaments fill quickly. Register the MINUTE a tournament opens.
- Attending the After Party is HIGHLY encouraged! It’s a fun way to connect after working hard at the tournament.
- Please videotape Legacy speeches if you are in the room! (unless you are a judge); parents should make every effort to arrange to have their child(ren)’s speeches videotaped.
- ATTEND Speech Orientation – at your first tournament
- TAKE BALLOTS!
- NEVER take a ballot that has your child in the room.
- NEVER judge a speech you have personally coached.
- Large tournaments will never have you judge Legacy students.
- Small tournaments might need you to judge Legacy students.
- Do not judge the same event more than once per tournament, unless given permission.
- A parent should not judge a semi-final room in a particular event (e.g., Apologetics) if his/her child is still competing in that event.