MHSA Staff Contact
Joanne Austin, Associate Director
ph: 406-442-6010
e-mail - jpaustin@mhsa.org

Attention:  Coaches!

MHSA sends monthly mailings to high school coaches during the competitive season.  The first mailing is sent via USPS in September.  All other mailings are electronic and will not be sent in hard copy.
Click here to register your email address to ensure you receive the monthly information beginning in October!

The MHSA sanctions Speech, Debate and Drama competition for member schools in Classes A, B and C.  Speech and Debate competition is sanctioned for Class AA.  The competitive season extends from the first weekend in October and ends in late January, except for NFL members.  The MHSA collaborates with the Montana Forensic Educators Association on various forensic issues.
MFEA items can be found at the bottom left of this page.


Regular Season Schedule

Extemporaneous Topics

Legislative Debate

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Topic

2013-14 Policy Debate

Public Forum Debate

Tournament hosts should send used Impromptu topics to: 

Dee Hallock, Hamilton High School, 327 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton MT  59840; fax: 406.375.6076; or email: hallockd@hsd3.org / hallock2755@gmail.com.

2014-2015 Meet Planner - Tentative

This meet planner represents the proposed schedule for the 2013-2014 school year. Meets will be shown in BOLD once they have been confirmed by the school’s administration.  A more detailed schedule will be available following the spring meeting of the MFEA.


Rules Committee Postings

The most recent clarifications from the Rules Committee are linked here.

Ballots/Cover Sheets

Post Season Tournaments

Judge Comment Sheet


Expository Speaking-ALL CLASSES

bullet Extemporaneous Speaking- ALL CLASSES
bullet Impromptu Speaking- ALL CLASSES
bullet Legislative Debate-AA only
bullet Memorized Public Address with Analysis- ALL CLASSES
bullet Oral Interpretation of Literature – Humorous- A & B-C only
bullet Oral Interpretation of Literature – Serious- A & B-C only
bullet [Duo] Oral Interpretation of Literature/HOI/SOI - AA only
bullet Spontaneous Oral Interpretation - B-C only
bullet Original Oratory - ALL CLASSES
bullet Pantomime - A & B-C only
bullet Solo and Duo Acting-A & B-C only

L-D, Policy Debate and Public Forum Debate Ballots can be ordered from the MHSA office. The ballots are three-part NCR and come in tablets of 25. Please be sure to include the number of tablets you will need when ordering. If you prefer to print your own NCR ballots at your local school district, request a PDF of the form
To order the ballots below, click on the appropriate link.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate (NCR)- ALL CLASSES

Policy Debate (NCR)- ALL CLASSES

Public Forum Debate (NCR) - AA Only

bullet 2013-14 MHSA Winter Tournament Locations and Dates - Speech, Debate & Drama


2013-14 Post Season Results


2012-13 Post Season Results


Link to past State Tournament Information

MFEA Resources and Handbook

 Click here to view changes approved by the MHSA Executive Board for the 2014-2015 school year.


Miscellaneous Coach Resources from Doug McConnaha

MHSA Forensic and Drama Rules and Regulations

NFHS Speech, Debate & Theatre Association


Judges’ Handbook - Speech, Debate and Drama


Judges' Handbook - Speech and Debate only (AA)


TRIEPC - Computer IE Tabbing

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