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					         EVALUATION AND INTERNATIONAL SPEECH
              AREA AND DIVISION CONTESTS
                  CHIEF JUDGE SCRIPT
BEFORE EVALUATION CONTEST:
In so far as practicable, all   judges in the Area/Division Contests must meet the following
qualifications:

       Members in good standing since July 2007(they should be at least a current
        member)
       Have completed at least six Competent Communication Manual Projects.

Where practical, Division contest judges should be selected from clubs not represented
by a contestant.

At the Division contests, there shall be at least a chief judge, seven regular judges and
a tiebreaking judge or equal representation from the areas composing the division

At the Area level, there shall be at least a chief judge, a tie breaking judge, and five
regular judges. Judges will probably be from the same clubs as contestants and fair
representation needs to be maintained. Judges from outside the Area are encouraged.
When in doubt, please read the Rule Book and Contest Manual. Call the District Chief Judge for
assistance if needed.

Hand out the ballot forms to the judges and go through the following

       Each judge should immediately print and sign their signature on the form

       After Contest Master calls out speaking order of contestants, write each of their
        names at the top of the form according to the speaking order.

       The Chief Judge shall review the following the criteria on the front and back of
        the ballot form.

       The Chief Judge shall review the Judge’s Code of Ethics with the judges and ask
        each judge if they understand it

       Judge’s Code of Ethics
           1. Judges will consciously avoid bias of any kind in selecting first, second,
               and third place contestants. They will not consider any contestant’s age,
               sex, race, creed, national origin, profession or political beliefs. They will
               demonstrate utmost objectivity.



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          2. Judges will not time the speeches and will not consider the possibility of
             under-time or over-time when judging a contestant’s speech.
          3. Judges will support by word and deed the contest rules and judging
             standards, refraining from public criticism of the contest and revealing
             scores and ranking only in accordance with official policy

      The Chief Judge will secretly give the tiebreaker ballot to one of the judges
       and explain how to fill it out. The Tiebreaking Judge ranks all contestants
       numerically on a special form
      Judges will be asked to sit close to the contest area to ensure that they can hear the
       speaker
      Judges will be asked to hand the entire ballot to the ballot counters. No tearing of
       the form is necessary as entire ballot may be handed to ballot counters. The only
       part that will be reviewed by ballot counters and Chief Judge is the bottom
       part of the ballot form. Ballots will be destroyed by the Chief Judge after the
       winners are announced.
      No Ties are allowed on forms
      Ask if there are any questions

Meet with Contest Master and agree upon Speaking Area. Advise Contest Master that
completed and signed eligibility forms are required to be provided to the Chief
Judge before the contest begins.

Also make sure that the Sergeant of Arms has provided timing lights and stopwatches.
Chief Judge should always have a spare pair just in case others are not available.

Meet with Timers to ensure that they know how to use stopwatch, timing lights
and/or timing cards. Provide timers with the times for each contest and instruct
them how to display lights. Provide the two timers with two Time Records Sheets
with instructions on how each of them are to complete them. After each speech,
they are to each record the times independently. In the event that a contestant goes
over their time, they are to circle that time.

Meet with Ballot Counters to agree upon how ballots are to be retrieved and also the
signal between the Chief Judge and Ballot Counters to identify how many ballots
have been retrieved.

Meet with Sergeant of Arms to ensure that this person knows how to escort the
participants from the room and to allow them to write their notes for five minutes
(to be coordinated with timers). At the end of the five minutes, contestant’s notes
are taken from them and returned only as they are getting ready to compete at the
last moment.


DURING THE EVALUATION CONTEST: Use the following script



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Thank you Contest Master

First I want to explain to the audience how the Evaluation Contest is judged. During
the Evaluation Contest, the contestants will be judged on the following criteria

      Analytical Quality receives 40% of the points and must be clear and focused
      Recommendations receive 30% of the points and must be positive, specific, and
       helpful.
      Technique receives 15% of the points and must be sympathetic, sensitive, and
       motivational
      Summation receives 15% of the points and must be concise and encouraging.

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure you have turned off your cell phones
or any other noise makers. No one is allowed to leave or enter the room during the
presentation of each contestant. Please plan on leaving during the one minute of
silence between each contestant. There will be one minute of silence between
contestants for the judges to mark their ballots. After the last contestant, there will be
as much time as needed for the judges to finish tallying their scores.

All of the judges, contestants and contest officials have been briefed. All contestants
are qualified to compete. Are there any questions?

LET THE EVALUATION CONTEST BEGIN

After the end of all the evaluations, the ballot counters collect the ballots and the
Chief Judge collects the Tie Breaker ballot. The identity of the Tiebreaking Judge
is known only by the Chief Judge.

As soon as all ballots are collected, Chief Judge advises the Contest Master and then
leaves the room with the ballot counters.

The Chief Judge oversees the tabulations by the ballot counters. First, the Ballot
counters check the timing sheets to ensure that all contestants were within allotted
time. Ballot counters then take turns as one enters data on tabulation form and the
other calls it out. Then they switch and the other one calls while the other one
enters data. Ballots that are not signed or do not specifically designate placing or
names of contestants are invalid and therefore not counted. Once the data is
entered, on ballot counter adds up the totals and then the other ballot counter adds
the totals.

In the event of a tie in any of the first three places, the Chief Judge opens the
tiebreaker’s ballot. The tying contestant who ranks higher on the Tiebreaking
Judge’s ballot will be awarded the contested place; the other tying contestant will be
awarded the next lower place.




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Based upon the results of the tabulations and resolution of any ties, the ballot
counters complete the announcement of winners form. The Chief Judge passes the
announcement form to the President of the Club after the end of the next contest.

All ballots, counting and timing forms are retained by the Chief Judge until after
the end of the contest and then destroyed.

The results of the contest are retained by the Chief Judge until next level contest is
completed in case one of the higher winners cannot compete.

BEFORE INTERNATIONAL SPEECH CONTEST:
                     ensure that all judges in the International Speech Contest for the
In so far as practicable,
Area/Division meet the following qualifications:

       Members in good standing since July 2007(must at least be a current member)
       Have completed at least six Competent Communication Manual Projects
       Where practical, the judges should not be a member of the clubs represented by
        the contestant

At the Division contests, there shall be at least a chief judge, seven regular judges and a
tiebreaking judge or equal representation from the areas composing the division

At the Area level, there shall be at least a chief judge, a tie breaking judge, and five
regular judges. Judges will probably be from the same clubs as contestants and fair
representation needs to be maintained. Judges from outside the Area are encouraged.

Hand out the ballot forms to the judges and go through the following

       Each judge should immediately print and sign their signature on the form
       After Contest Master calls out speaking order of contestants, write each of their
        names at the top of the form according to the speaking order.
       The Chief Judge shall review the Judge’s Code of Ethics with the judges and ask
        each judge if they understand it

       Judge’s Code of Ethics
           o Judges will consciously avoid bias of any kind in selecting first, second,
               and third place contestants. They will not consider any contestant’s age,
               sex, race, creed, national origin, profession or political beliefs. They will
               demonstrate utmost objectivity.
           o Judges will not time the speeches and will not consider the possibility of
               under-time or over-time when judging a contestant’s speech.
           o Judges will support by word and deed the contest rules and judging
               standards, refraining from public criticism of the contest and revealing
               scores and ranking only in accordance with official policy




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      Go over the criteria with all of the judges
      The Chief Judge will secretly give the tiebreaker ballot to one of the judges and
       explain how to fill it out. The Tiebreaking Judge ranks all contestants
       numerically on a special form

      Ask judges to sit close to the contest area to ensure that they can hear the speaker
      Judges will be asked to hand the entire ballot to the ballot counters. No tearing of
       the form is necessary as entire ballot may be handed to ballot counters. The only
       part that will be reviewed by ballot counters and Chief Judge is the bottom part of
       the ballot form. Ballots will be destroyed by the Chief Judge after the winners are
       announced
      If a judge believes that the speech material is not original, they should
       VERBALLY advise the Chief Judge as soon as possible at the time that
       ballots are being collected. DO NOT WRITE A PROTEST ON THE
       BALLOT.
      No Ties are allowed on ballots
      Ask if there are any questions

Meet with Contest Master and agree upon Speaking Area. Before contest begins, Contest
Master should furnish completed Eligibility Forms to the Chief Judge. Chief Judge meets
with Timers, Ballot Counters, and Sergeant of Arms to ensure they understand their roles.
See instructions above under the Evaluation Contest.

DURING THE INTERNATIONAL SPEECH CONTEST: Use the
following script
Thank you Contest Master

First I want to explain to the audience how the International Speech contest is judged.
During the International Speech contest, the contestants will be judged on the following
criteria

      Content receives 50% of the points and covers development, effectiveness, speech
       value, and audience response
      Delivery receives 30% of the points and covers appearance, body language,
       gestures, voice, and manner.
      Language receives 20% of the points and covers grammar, pronunciation, and
       appropriateness of words.

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure you have turned off your cell phones or
any other noise makers. No one is allowed to leave or enter the room during the
presentation of each contestant. Please plan on leaving during the one minute of silence
between each contestant. There will be one minute of silence between contestants for the
judges to mark their ballots. After the last speech, the judges will be given as much time
as they need to tally up their scores.



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Please note that the speeches must be original. Only the judges and contestants may
protest the originality of any speech. Both judges and contestants have been briefed
regarding how protests are handled.

All of the judges, contestants and contest officials have been fully briefed. All
contestants are qualified to compete. Are there any questions?

LET THE INTERNATIONAL SPEECH CONTEST BEGIN

After the end of all the speeches, the ballot counters collect the ballots and the Chief
Judge collects the Tie Breaker ballot. The identity of the Tiebreaking Budge is known
only by the Chief Judge.

As soon as all ballots are collected, advise the Contest Master and then leave the room
with the ballot counters.

In the event of a protest regarding originality or eligibility, call all judges from the
room and have protester present the case. Have all judges vote on whether or not
they agree with protester. If there is majority ruling that the material is not original
or contestant is not eligible, then the contestant should be called from the contest
room and allowed to address the issue. Afterwards the judges will again cast a vote
and make a determination as to whether or not to allow the speech to remain in the
contest.

The Chief Judge oversees the tabulations by the ballot counters. First, the Ballot
counters check the timing sheets to ensure that all contestants were within allotted time.
 Ballot counters then take turns as one enters data on tabulation form and the other calls it
out. Then they switch and the other one calls while the other one enters data. Ballots
that do not indicate name of judge or do not specifically designate placing or names of
contestants are invalid and therefore not counted. Once the data is entered, on ballot
counter adds up the totals and then the other ballot counter adds the totals.

In the event of a tie in any of the first three places, the Chief Judge opens the tiebreaker’s
ballot. The tying contestant who ranks higher on the Tiebreaking Judge’s ballot will be
awarded the contested place; the other tying contestant will be awarded the next lower
place.

Based upon the results of the tabulations and resolution of any ties, the ballot counters
complete the announcement of winners form. The Chief Judge passes the announcement
form to the President of the Club after the end of the next contest.

All ballots, counting and timing forms are retained by the Chief Judge until after the end
of the contest and then destroyed. The results of the contest are retained by the Chief
Judge retains the results of the contests until next level contest is completed.




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