Tournament outrounds bring multiple benefits. Our National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC) is filled with multiple levels of outrounds for both speech and debate. Here are just a few of the reasons:
Outrounds are judged by a panel. Speakers learn to appeal to more than just one judge in order to win an outround. For debaters, it is an advanced skill to balance the judging philosophies of multiple judges.
Outrounds are performed in front of multiple judges and larger audiences. Students have to manage both the round and a more public performance.
Outrounds give novices an opportunity to observe debate or speech done well so they may grow in their own skills.
Outrounds prepare students for real life. Competition continues to increase in difficulty as they advance.
Outrounds level the playing field by matching students with similar skills and experience.
Consider adding outrounds to your local tournament. You can find some sample schedules to help you get started in our Stoa Tournament in a Box.