2003 International Speech Contest Rules

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3. SELECTION SEQUENCE

A. Club, Area, District. Each Club in good standing may select a contestant to compete in the Area contest. A Club may choose its contestant by whatever means the Club desires. If a contest is held, it must comply with all these rules and the contest result is final. The Area speech contest winner then proceeds to the Division contest (if applicable). The Division winner then proceeds to the District contest. Should an Area or Division contest winner be unable to participate in the next level contest, the highest placed available contestant will advance to that level. NOTE: The District contest chairman informs World Headquarters of the name and address of the winner and alternate in the District contest. Information concerning the Regional contest is then mailed to the winner and alternate.

B. In those Areas with four assigned Clubs or less eight weeks prior to the Area contest, Districts have the option to allow the two highest placed available contestants from each Club to compete in the Area contest. Should additional Clubs charter prior to the Area contests, the two highest placed available contestants from each Club may compete. In those Divisions with four assigned Areas or less, Districts have the option to allow the two highest placed available contestants from each Area to compete. In Districts with four assigned Divisions or less, Districts have the option to allow the two highest placed available contestants from each Division to participate in the District contest.

The decision whether or not to allow two contestants to advance from Club to Area, from Area to Division, and/or from Division to District must be made and communicated throughout the District prior to the commencement of the contest cycle - i.e. prior to any Club contests being held. Once the decision is made, it must be implemented consistently throughout the District in all Areas and Divisions affected. If a District decides to allow two contestants to advance from Club to Area, its decisions regarding the number to advance from Area to Division and/or from Division to District need not be the same.

C. Each Region shall select a winner and an alternate. The contest chairman, usually the first-year Director, informs World Headquarters of the name and address of the winner and alternate in the Regional contest. Information concerning the International Speech Contest is then mailed to the winner and alternate. Eight speakers, one from each Region, compete in the International contest. A ninth speaker, selected in a special speech contest among Districts outside of North America, also competes in the International contest.

 

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Composed with care by Peter Bunce, DTM/ATM-S/CL
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2002

     
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