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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 Championships to be held online. 

Event Information:
Host Platform: Zoom Video Conferencing

Date: Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd, 2022

The top students from this tournament will advance to the Canadian Junior High Speech Nationals tentatively set to be held online May 20th-22nd of this year.

Fees (Non-refundable):

  • Competitors: $10/per student

Payments must be made online by the Stage 2 registration deadline. Any schools failing to make payment by this time will forfeit their position to the next participant on the waitlist.

Registration Stages:

  • Stage 1 - Participant Number Requests - Open until Friday, March 11th, 2022.

    • 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 register up to 6 students - with a waitlist available for additional participants

    • Register Here.

  • Stage 2 - Names of Teams and Judges - Will open Saturday, March 12th, 2022.

    • Open until the end of day on Tuesday, March 29th.


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 other public speaking event.

All categories will be presented synchronously via Zoom at this tournament. 

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.

Important Reminders:

  • Students are not permitted to use any online or physical resources, or receive outside help during impromptu and debate preparation time. Students found to be receiving assistance will face disqualification. 

  • Students are not permitted to prepare and recite pre-memorized speeches for impromptu. Students found to be reusing content essentially verbatim between rounds will face disqualification. 

  • Students that reuse content from previous tournaments (IISPSC, Jr Speech Provincials 2021, Vancouver Speech and Drama Festival) will face disqualification.


Judging Expectations:

  • Schools must provide one judge per two participants (rounded up) for the duration of the tournament. ​

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

  • Judges must be available for both Friday and Saturday. Students may split this requirement between two judges if necessary where one judges Friday and the other judges Saturday. 

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

  • Judges must be fluent in English, comfortable using technology unassisted, 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" listed. This chaperone must be able to be reached by phone and email for the duration of the event. 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



3:45-4:15 pm

4:15-5:00 pm

4:30 pm

5:00-6:00 pm

6:00-6:30 pm

6:30 pm

7:00-8:00 pm


8:30-9:00 am


9:45-10:45 am



12:30-1:00 pm

1:00-2:00 pm

2:00-3:00 pm

3:00-4:00 pm

4:00-5:00 pm

5:00-5:30 pm



7:30pm - 8:00pm

Online Registration in Main Zoom Room

Briefings for Debate

Debate Motion & Draw Released for Round 1
Debate Round 1
Dinner Break
Debate Motion & Draw Released for Round 2
Debate Round 2


Online Registration in Main Zoom Room
Briefings for Impromptu
Impromptu Round 1
Impromptu Round 2

Lunch Break

Interpretive Reading and Persuasive Speaking Briefings
Interpretive Reading Round 1
Interpretive Reading Round 2 
Persuasive Round 1
Persuasive Round 2

Dinner Break
Finalists Announced
Final Rounds in All Categories


Tournament Contacts
Anna Saint - DSABC Public Speaking Coordinator:
Jacqueline Belzberg - DSABC President:

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