Expectations for Appropriate 

Student Competition Behavior

Expectations for Appropriate Student Competition Behavior (In and Out of Rounds)

Speech and Debate is a spectator activity and students need to accept that speakers require an audience (even if it is one that is unexpected). Therefore, as a speech community, we have expectations that competitors not be allowed to remove others from the room or deny them entrance into a round. Like any rule, there may be exceptions, but the coaches of the competitors affected by the request for the exception should be consulted first before breaking this expectation.


We have created the following guidelines to help define appropriate behavior for competitors both in and out of rounds. 

Judges should expect competitors to follow these guidelines and if students are not, please give them a warning. If they continue to misbehave, they need to leave the room.

In Rounds-

Outside of Rounds-