General Tournament Helps


Table of Contents



Links to Other Helps

  • Event Description - event specific information, Script Submission forms, and ballots.
  • ICC Standard and Practices - A Biblical standard of conduct all speakers must agree to abide by both on and off the platform. 

"Overall, I had an amazing time at the tournament, I got to know other people from a variety of chapters, and received feedback from others to help me improve in my weak spots." First-time speaker from South Central in YSG 1


General Tournament Questions

Q:  What is the purpose of packages which include multiple speech events?

A: We want you to get the most out of the time you will spend at the tournament. You will experience the most transformation, the most improvement and the most fun if you spend the day practicing your speaking skills. The tournament is designed just for that reason. Practicing the basic public speaking skills over and over again will help you master those skills more quickly and you will feel more confident than if you just practice once a week in chapter. Imagine all the community platforms you will be ready for after the tournament! 

Q:  What do I do if I don't have speeches written for YSG 1?

A:  Bring whatever you have and practice it! The purpose of a tournament is to practice and get feedback.

Impromptu is a limited preparation event so requires no preparation! It may be helpful to look over the list of questions and statements that may be posed so you are familiar with them. They can be found on the Speech Events page on the Impromptu Overview.

For Storytelling, you can use something as simple as a poem or scripture passage or even read a script taken from a book. Speakers may also bring a speech they prepared previously as a YCC student.

The Platform speech can be your Hello, My Name Is speech - even if it's only partially written. Bring whatever you have and practice it! You can continue to work on it after the tournament.

Q:  I just finished YSG 1 and am excited to participate in Round Table but I don't have any YSG 2 speeches written. What do I do?

A:  YSG 2 speakers cannot sign up for YSG 1 speeches so you will practice your YSG 1 speeches in the corresponding YSG 2 events. Be sure to read the event overview for each event found on the Speech Events page to be sure you meet all the requirements.

Hello My Name Is or My Favorite Bible Verse can be presented in Informative Speaking. You will need to make sure you bring a visual aid. Something simple is fine. Read the Informative Speaking Overview for more details.

Storytelling can be presented in Literary Interpretation. Again, check the Literary Interpretation Overview for rules and other helpful information.

Be sure to take advantage of Radio Broadcasting. It is the Limited Prep event for YSG 2 and YSG 3 and it needs no advanced preparation.

     Q: May I participate in YSG 2 events if I am in YSG 3?

A:  Yes. Except for YSG 1, speakers may participate in events for YSG levels they have already completed. This means that Guild Inductees can participate in both YSG 2 and YSG 3 events as well as their Guild level events.


     Q: What accommodation can be made for a student with special needs?

A:  Tournaments are not staffed to work individually with students. It is recommended that parents work with their student to develop their own unique strategy to navigate the particular needs of the student and the event. A conversation with the Tournament Coordinator prior to registration(4 weeks out) will be very important to help parents understand the logistics and options to consider when developing that plan.


Q:  What should I bring to the tournament?

A:  Bring your script submission forms and all the required documents. You may also want to bring an extra copy of your script to keep with you. Don't forget a water bottle, snack, paper and pen or pencil. Sticky notes and a highlighter are helpful for Radio Broadcasting.

Q:  What should I wear to the tournament?

A:  In order to practice dressing for our audience, all students are asked to exhibit neat and professional appearance as a way to demonstrate respect for others and the platform. Smart casual, such as collared shirts or dress blouses with slacks/khakis/nice jeans or skirts/dresses, is appropriate. 

Q:  What is the deadline for dropping events?

A:  Speakers should make every effort to present the speeches for which they registered and not give up too early just because they think they can't do it. Tournaments are a practice environment so speakers are encouraged to practice what they do have prepared. In rare circumstances where that is not possible, early notification is helpful. A link to a Drop Form is available on the Tournament Information page under Registration Changes.

Q:  If there is an issue with my script submission will I still be able to participate?

A:  All speakers will practice their presentations during the tournament regardless of whether or not their submissions are compliant. Speakers are given an opportunity to correct non-compliant script submissions and re-submit before the tournament begins. The Tournament Coordinator and Adjudication Committee will determine whether YSG 2, 3, and Guild speakers will participate in competition.

Q:  Do I need to be present for the entire tournament?

A:  Speakers commit to attend from their check-in time through the ICC Showcase when they register. YSG 2, 3, and Guild speakers must compete in all their rounds and be present at the ICC Showcase in order to be eligible to receive an invitation to the International Tournament.


    Q:  What needs to be done if a student is attending without a parent?

 A: Students not attending with a parent must be accompanied by a registered Chaperone at least 25 years old who will be present during the entire time the student is present. 

    Q. What is a chaperone responsible for during the event?

A:  Before the event, parents and chaperons should be familiar with the Liability Waiver found on the event registration, noting that ICC views the chaperone as the parent’s representative and fully responsible to address any issue pertaining to the student's needs and behaviors in the parent's absence. The chaperone and parents should discuss chaperone responsibilities and determine the best way to address them during the event. Parents may adapt a parental consent form (found on the web) for their own needs if they feel something written is required beyond the conversation. ICC does not require any written documentation.


Script Submission Questions

Q:  Is there a specific way to label my script submission documents?

A:  Yes. Include your name, event and tournament date in the top right hand corner of each page. (If your photocopied source material is stapled together securely, you only need to include that information on the top page.)

Q:  Is there a standard method for assembling script submissions?

A:  Yes. Required documents are to be attached to the script submission form in the order they are listed on the form. Include your name, event and tournament date in the top right hand corner of each page. (If your photocopied source material is stapled together securely, you only need to include that information on the top page.)

Q:  Does my presentation script need to be typed out?

A:  Yes. It needs to be typed out word-for-word and include your name, event and tournament date in the top right hand corner of each page.

Q:  After I submit my script, can I get it back?

A:  Once submitted, scripts are unavailable to use during the tournament. If you need to use your script during the tournament you should bring an additional one.  

Q:  May I print my documents double-sided?

A:  No. Your script submission are formal documents and should be treated as such.


Script Submission Definitions

Arranged alphabetically

Computerized Presentation

Digital media presented on a computerized device with a display of at least 8 inches.

Digital Media

Graphics, audio or video resources used to enhance or illustrate a presentation.  This does NOT include text-based resources that are used for researching the topic.

Digital Media Cited Page  

A page or slide listing all the graphics, video and/or audio resources used in a presentation. This includes photographs, video and audio recordings.  Sources are listed alphabetically, using a standard citation format. The URLs alone are not acceptable as a means of citing a source.

Graphics Attributed

An attribution is a way of crediting the creator/photographer/owner of a selected graphic or image. It contains the title of the piece and the name of the creator/photographer/owner and is located on or near each graphic or image.

Percentage of Quoted Words     

The total number of quoted words, divided by the total number of words in a presentation, and then multiplied by 100 will give the percentage.  

(Example: If the presentation has 122 quoted words out of 2436 total words, divide 122 by 2436 and multiply the answer by 100 to get the percentage: 5%).

Photocopied Source Material    

A photocopy of the original literature used for an interpretation.  Only the pages the presenter is actually quoting from need to be copied. These copies can be made in black and white.

Presentation Script

Typed out word-for-word copy of exactly what the speaker is going to say. After the title, it should not contain any words the speaker does not speak such as blocking notes, character prompts, URLs, etc. The speaker's name, event and tournament date is in the top right corner. This script will not be available during the tournament.

Presentation Outline

An outline of what the speaker will say during his presentation. It should contain heading and subheadings of organized information using sentences, key words or phrases.


An object used by the speaker to enhance the presentation.

Quoted Words highlighted in Presentation Script    

Highlight all directly quoted words of someone other than yourself.

  • For platform presentations, highlight the words within quotation marks.

  • For a YSG 1 interpretation, the entire script will be highlighted because additional words cannot be added.

  • For all other interpretations, highlight only the words taken directly from literature or those quoted from another source.

Quoted Words highlighted in Source Material    

Highlight all of the spoken words in the Photocopied Source Material (see  definition above).

  • For YSG1 Storytelling, all words are highlighted because no words can be deleted from within the piece of literature.

  • For all other interpretations, only highlight the words spoken in your presentation.

  • The title and author are not highlighted as the speaker uses them to cite the source; they are not quoted words.

Source Material Copyright Page

A photocopy of the copyright page of the original source material used for the presentation. The copyright page of each literary source must be included. Sources from the Internet can be used if copyright information can be printed (minimum: (c), date and author) If not, a physical copy of the literature must be located and used. 

Total number of quoted words  

The number of words within quotation marks (and highlighted) that are directly quoted in the Presentation Script.

Total number of words   

The total word count of the Presentation Script.  Most word processing programs will provide this.  

Visual Aid  

A physical object or visual display used to enhance a presentation.

Works Cited Page   

A page listing all the resources referenced or used in preparing the presentation.  This includes books, articles, interviews, lectures, website, podcasts, etc.  Any source that is used for research should be listed, even if not quoted directly in the presentation.  Sources should be listed alphabetically, using a standard citation format. The URLs alone are not acceptable as a means of citing a source.


See Event Description for event specific Q&A.







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