Lights are to be turned
on as follows:
- The ONLY times which MUST
be recorded are that of the speakers. No other records of time are
- Ensure that you have
Time Record Sheets
from the Chief Judge.
shall be at least 2 Timers who will
be responsible to keep the official record of the time of each
contestant's speech on the form provided for their use. They will
record the name of each contestant in speaking order as well as the
speech time in minutes and seconds.
timers shall be seated in such a position that lights are clearly
visible to the speakers, but not obvious to the audience and test the
lights prior to the start of the contest to ensure they are in working
order. Only one set of lights is used and turned on. The second set of
lights is on hand in case of problems with the other set of lights.
shall begin with the first word the contestant utters following the
introductory applause and announcement of the contestant. Should the
contestant engage in definite verbal or nonverbal communication with
the audience (including the playing of music or other sound effects, a
staged act by another person etc.) prior to reaching the speaking
position and uttering the first word of the speech, the timer should
activate the timing device at this point. If this results in the speech
going overtime, the contestant will then be disqualified.
speaker will be disqualified from the contest if he/she speaks under 4
minutes 30 seconds or over 7 minutes 30 seconds. Circle any time entry
which is either under or over the time requirement.
- Immediately following the
last speech, submit the Time Record Sheet to the Chief Judge.
The green light will be turned on at 5 minutes and remain on for one
The yellow light will be turned on at 6 minutes and remain on for one
The red light will be turned on at 7 minutes and remain on until the
speech is concluded
NOTE: Prior to the start of the competition, contestants may request that a green card be shown at 4 minutes, 30 seconds, so they know they have met the minimum time requirements. Lights will then be shown at stated above.
No audible device, such
as a buzzer, shall be used to indicate a speaker is over time.
|Revised October, 2016|