The Ball State Speech Team has won the Indiana state championship for seven consecutive years and placed each year at the national tournament. Members of the Speech Team, also known as the individual events program, receive individual coaching as they finesse their public speaking and oral interpretation skills.

The 2016-17 team is one of our best teams we've had in recent history. These are serious students who are ambitious and willing to work towards their goals. They have impressed judges across the country and continually surprise the coaching staff with their talents.

Mary Moore
Director of Individual Events
(on the team’s work in the national championship tournament)

What Events Does the Speech Team 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

What Does Traveling to Speech Tournaments Entail?

  • The speech team travels to about five tournaments a semester.
  • State and national tournaments are in the spring.
  • Primarily, the team travels in university vehicles.
  • The team pays for lodging, entry fees, and food. 

What are the rules to compete?

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

Want to Join?

Contact the director of individual events, Mary Moore, for more information on how to be involved with the speech team.

Contact Director

Meet the Current Team

2017 Speech Team

The Ball State Speech Team goes to the Indiana Forensics Association State Tournament every year, and has won nine out of the past ten years. The 2016-2017 team was also the second team to walk away with 17 first place awards in the 20 categories.

The Ball State Speech Team then finished sixth among the 76 schools competing at the National Forensic Association tournament. For six years running, the speech team has placed in the top 10 at this national tournament.

Recent Speech Team Awards

Award

Year

7th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2016

1st Place, Indiana State Speech Tournament

2015

6th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament 

2015

2015

21st Place, Open Division, American Forensics Association, National Tournament

1st Place, Indiana State Speech Tournament

2014

4th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2014

2014

3rd Place, Open Division, Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament

2014

11th Place, Open Division, American Forensics Association, National Tournament

2013

1st Place, Indiana State Speech Tournament

7th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2013

2nd Place, Division I, NFA National Tournament

2013

2013

1st Place, Open Division, DSR-TKA National Tournament
1st Place, Indiana State Speech Tournament

2012

2012

10th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2012

2nd Place, Division I, National Forensics Association National Tournament
1st Place, Indiana State Speech Tournament

2011

7th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2011

2011

4th Place, Novice National Tournament

1st Place, Indiana State Tournament

2010