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Individual Events Program

Best known as the speech team, this extracurricular activity will assist you in receiving individual coaching in public speaking and oral interpretation. These skills will help in building your communication skills and increase your knowledge of the liberal arts. All majors are welcome. 

What events do we do?

  • Interpretation events include prose, poetry, dramatic interpretation, program oral interpretation, and duo.
  • Public address events include informative, persuasive, after dinner speaking, and rhetorical criticism.
  • Limited-preparation events include extemporaneous and impromptu speaking.

Tell me more about traveling 

  • We travel to about five tournaments a semester.
  • Our state and national tournaments are in the spring.
  • Primarily, we travel in university vehicles.
  • The team pays for lodging, entry fees, and food.  
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    Are there any rules to compete?

    In order to travel, students must:

    • maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
    • compete in two events
    • coach at least one hour per event per week
    • have events approved by members of the coaching staff

    The Ball State Speech Team has won the Indiana state championship for six consecutive years and place nationally each year at the national tournament. 

    To read about the speech team in the news, visit the story featured in Campus Life, or view past issues of the Department of Communication Studies newsletter, COMMentary.

    For more information about the speech team, contact Director of Individual Events Mary Moore

    Announcement

    Last weekend, the Ball State University speech team finished 4th at the National Forensic Association national tournament and Senior Andrew Neylon won the Individual Sweepstakes Championship, which means he earned more points than any other speaker in the nation. Neylon is BSU's first pentathlon champion in our school's history. The tournament, held on the campus of Eastern Michigan University, hosted 86 schools and more than 1,800 entries this year. Fourteen students qualified for nationals and represented Ball State in 59 individual events. The team received 92 1st place ranks in preliminary rounds and 29 1st place ranks in elimination rounds. WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion, Bradley University placed second, and the University of Texas at Austin placed third. Ball State University beat Illinois State University, Eastern Michigan University, Gustavus Adolphus College and Northwestern University. This victory is especially important as Ball State hasn't broken into the top 5 since 1972. Prior to this year, BSU's best finishes at NFA were in 2005 and 2013 when the team finished 7th place. Twelve individual events advanced to elimination rounds.