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.  

    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


    At a tournament with over 80 schools and 1,500 entries, the Ball State speech team took 11th place as a team with only 4 students and 16 events at the 37th annual American Forensics Association National Individual Events tournament held last weekend at Arizona State University. The Talking Cardinals advanced 6 of their 16 events to elimination rounds, winning 3 national titles in Impromptu Speaking, Communication Analysis and Program Oral Interpretation. BSU was the only team in the country to capture 3 national titles and this is the first time in BSU's history we have won an event at AFA.