BC Junior Public Speaking Championships

Dear Participants, Judges, Volunteers, and Coaches,

The DSABC is pleased to invite you to attend the BC Junior Public Speaking Competition to be held online for the very first time!

Event Information:
Host Platform: Zoom Video Conferencing

Event Date: April 3rd, 2021
Asynchronous Submission Due Date: March 26th, 2021

The top students from this tournament will advance to the Canadian Junior National Public Speaking Competition, likely in May 2021. 

Fees (Non-refundable):

  • Competitors: $5/per student

  • Payment can be made: [Open Now]

  • Payment is due by Wednesday, March 24th

Any schools failing to make payment by this time will forfeit their position to the next participant on the waitlist.

Important Dates:

  • Stage 1 - Participant Number Requests - Open until Thursday, March 11th

    • Request the number of students for your school

    • These numbers will be confirmed via email, after which any waitlist spots will be allocated

    • Schools may start by registering up to 6 students - with a waitlist available for additional participants

    • Closed

  • Stage 2 - Names of Teams and Judges - Will open Friday, March 12th

    • Open until the end of day on Friday, March 19th

    • DSABC membership must be renewed and 2020-21 dues paid in order to participate in stage 2 registration

    • [Open Now]


Tournament Categories:

Students in grades 6-9 are eligible to compete at this event.

Students compete in all 4 public speaking categories:

  • Category 1: Debate

  • Category 2: Impromptu Speaking

  • Category 3: Persuasive Speaking

  • Category 4:

    • Option A: Interpretive Reading

    • Option B: Solo Acting

See full description of categories here

All pieces presented at this event must not have been performed at any public speaking event prior to September 1st, 2020. This means that speeches at events such as IISPSC 2020 may be reused.

Online Event Information:​

  • In order to maintain consistency with the format used at the national championship, the persuasive speaking and interpretive reading categories will be “asynchronous”, while the debating and impromptu speaking categories will be “synchronous”. 

  • Asynchronous categories will require that participants film their speeches and submit them by 11:59 pm on March 26th. These videos must be uploaded to a google drive and the link shared with the DSABC through a google form provided at stage 2 registration.

  • Judges will receive a pre-recorded briefing for the two asynchronous categories prior to the 26th. On the 27th, they will be sent links to the videos they will judge as well as an online ballot. They must then submit scores for the entries by the end of the 31st. Synchronous categories will take place live on zoom and all finals will be live.

  • The Zoom Meeting will be password protected for the security of all participants. Screen-sharing will be disabled at all times. Any individual found in the Zoom Meeting who is not registered as part of a school delegation or as an external observer will be removed from the meeting immediately and without warning

  • All participants (and judges) must have access to a computer with a working microphone and camera for the duration of the tournament. A full technical guide will be released after Stage 1 registration.


Judging Expectations:

  • Schools must provide one judge per participant for the duration of the tournament. ​

  • All students must provide a judge that is available for both asynchronous judgings between March 27th and 31st as well as for live events on April 3rd.

    • Students may split this requirement between two judges if necessary where one judges synchronously and the other asynchronously.

  • ​High school students cannot be used as judges for this event.

  • Teams that do not supply a judge may be disqualified from the tournament

  • Judges must be fluent in English and comfortable with following fast-paced speeches using moderate to
    high-level vocabulary.​

Chaperone Policy

  • All students are required to have a school-approved "chaperone" online at all times. The DSABC accepts no liability for any student left unsupervised at any DSABC-sponsored event, whether online or in-person.

  • A chaperone can be a coach, teacher sponsor or parent/guardian who is authorized by their child’s school and is willing to take on all chaperone related responsibilities.

  • Senior students are not considered chaperones. 

  • All adults acting as chaperones are expected to uphold the DSABC Code of Ethics.
















Online Registration in Main Zoom Room

Briefings for Debate and Impromptu Categories

Debate Motion & Draw Released

Debate Round 1

Lunch Break

Debate Motion & Draw Released

Debate Round 2

Impromptu Round 1

Impromptu Round 2


Finalists Announced

Final Rounds in All Categories