7. TIMING OF THE SPEECHES
A. Speeches will be five to seven minutes. A contestant will be disqualified from the contest if the speech is less than four minutes 30 seconds or more than seven minutes 30 seconds.
B. Upon being introduced, the contestant shall proceed immediately to the speaking position. Timing will begin with the contestant's first definite verbal or nonverbal 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. Timers shall provide warning signal lights to the contestants, which shall be clearly visible to the speakers but not obvious to the audience.
1. A green light will be turned on at five minutes and remain on for one minute.
2. An amber light will be turned on at six minutes and remain on for one minute.
3. A red light will be turned on at seven minutes and remain on until the conclusion of the speech.
4. No signal shall be given for the overtime period.
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 five, six, and seven minutes. If any special device and/or specific instructions for such signal is/are required, the contestant must provide same.
6. In the event of technical failure of the signal, a speaker is allowed 30 seconds extra overtime before being disqualified.
D. 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