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Guidelines for Impromptu
Guidelines for Interpretive Reading

Dear DANEIS Debate Coaches,

The Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Speech and Debate Team invites you to our combined speech & debate tournament on Sunday, December 6th, 2020. This year’s tournament will be held on ZOOM of course!

Each school may register up to two four-person teams. Berths in the tournament will be given on a first-come, first served basis, with preference given to DANEIS member schools through our RSVP date of November 25th.

Each school needs to bring one judge for each four-person team entered. Per DANEIS league rules, student judges will not be permitted to judge advanced rounds. Parents of students competing in the advanced division should judge only novices. We also ask that any students judging in the novice division be experienced speakers/debaters who have competed in DANEIS tournaments at the advanced level. Please be sure to brief your judges thoroughly before the tournament.

There will be one round of debate, one round of interpretive reading, and one round of impromptu speaking (in that order). Additional guidelines for speech events are below.

Briefings for judges and debaters will begin at 10AM (we ask that everyone sign on by 9:30AM) and Round 1 will start at 10:30AM.

Please RSVP no later than November 25th via email to with the number of teams you would like to enter. Early RSVPs are welcome; please send along the names of your debaters as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Sarah Getchell
Coach, BB&N Speech and Debate

Here are some more specific guidelines for impromptu and interpretive reading that might be of use as you help your kids prepare for our tournament (if you’ve been working from last year’s guidelines, have no fear, the below are identical). We will use the DANEIS parli rules posted on our website: DANEIS Parli Rules

IMPROMPTU (2 minutes of preparation. 3-5 minute speech with a 15-second grace period on either end)

INTERPRETIVE READING–Time: 5-11 minutes (including an introduction of up to one minute)