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Debate and Speech

Updated January 11, 2021.

All rules are per the MFA By-laws and Maine State Championship Handbook, which are subject to change by majority vote of member schools. The information below is based on the 2021 invitation.


The State Tournament includes additional rules that extend the day beyond the normal tournament schedule. All participants should anticipate a flexible schedule based on the tentative and loose schedule below:

8:00-8:30Tournament check-in
8:45Welcomes and briefings
Extemp draw (extempers report to prep room)
9:00Start all events (Morning session includes two rounds of Speech, three rounds of Debate, and Session I of Congressional Debate.)
Awards Ceremony in auditorium

Note that the State tournament tends to run longer than regular season tournaments. Consequently, tabulation staff aim to run the schedule as efficiently as possible. Participants should remain close to the virtual environment throughout the day in the event officials can accelerate the day.


We aim to make competition accessible and welcoming to all who wish to participate.

Coaches or students should reach out to the tournament host to request ADA accommodations.

Tournament Media Promotion

News coverage is some of the best peer pressure to increase school, district and community support for forensics! The MFA may distribute press releases to newspapers, TV stations, the MPA, and other interested parties. In the event that any guests show up, Vice President D’Arcy Robinson will act as liaison/point of contact. It is the affirmative duty for each coach to inform the Executive Committee of any student who is not to be filmed, photographed or interviewed by the media. Please check your team records and discuss with all team members today!

Information will be distributed as it becomes available.