A. Evaluations shall be from two to three minutes. Contestants who speak less than one minute 30 seconds or more than three minutes 30 seconds will be disqualified.
B. Timing will begin with the contestant's first definite verbal or non-verbal communication with the audience. This usually will be the first word uttered by the contestant, but would include any other communication such as sound effects, a staged act by another person, etc.
C. The green light will be turned on at two minutes and remain on for 30 seconds. The amber light will be turned on at two minutes and thirty seconds and remain on for 30 seconds. The red light will be turned on at three minutes and remain on until the evaluation is concluded. No audible device, such as a buzzer, shall be used for the overtime period.
D. Any sightless contestant may request and must be granted a form of warning signal of his or her own choosing. Acceptable warning signals would include, but not be limited to: a buzzer, a bell, or a person announcing the times at two minutes, two minutes 30 seconds, and three minutes. If any special device and/ or specific instructions for such signal is/are required, the contestant must provide same.
E. In the event of technical failure of the signal, a speaker is allowed 30 seconds extra overtime before being disqualified.
F. Prior to announcing results, the chairman should announce if time disqualification(s) occurred, but not name the contestant(s) involved.
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Updated: Friday, December 27, 2002