6. GENERAL PROCEDURE
A. At the Club or Area level contests, a contest chairman, chief judge, at least five judges, three counters, and two timers are appointed. These appointments will be as far as practical at the Club level, but required for the Area level.
At the Division or District level contests, there should be at least seven judges or equal representation from the Areas composing the Division or District in addition to a contest chairman, chief judge, three counters, and two timers.
At the Regional or International contest, there should be at least nine judges or equal representation from the Districts or Regions respectively; no judge shall be a member of the Club represented by a contestant. In addition to these judges, five qualifying judges, a contest chairman, chief judge, three counters, and two timers are appointed.
All judges will judge all contestants.
B. Before the contest, contestants are briefed on the rules by the contest chairman. judges, counters, and timers are briefed on their duties by the chief judge. Contestants will then draw for their speaking position with the contest chairman.
C. If a contestant is absent from the briefing, the alternate speaker, if present, may be included in place of the primary contestant. When the contest Toastmaster is introduced, if not present, the primary contestant is disqualified and the alternate officially becomes the contestant. Where the primary contestant arrives and makes this known to the contest chairman and has all required paperwork in good order prior to the introduction, and missed the briefing, disqualification shall not occur and the primary contestant may speak in the drawn order, but waives the opportunity of a briefing.
D. Introduce each contestant by announcing the contestant's name, speech title, speech title, and contestant's name.
E. There will be one minute of silence between contestants, during which the judges will mark their ballots.
F. Contestants may remain in the same room throughout the duration of the contest.
G. In contests with five or more participants, a third place winner (if wanted), a second place winner, and a first place winner will be announced. in contests with four or fewer participants, a second place and first place winner will be announced.
H. Announcement of contest winners is final unless the list of winners is announced incorrectly, in which case the chief judge, ballot counters, or timers may immediately interrupt to correct the error.
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Composed with care by Peter Bunce, DTM/ATM-S/CL
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2002