For the 2020-2021 season, the Extemper’s Bible will be launching a Nationals Points Race in order to determine the country’s most consistent competitor across a series of nationally-recognized events. Following the model of the Extemp Central National Points Race, we will be using different tiers to determine the comparative difficulty of tournaments across the nation. You can find the tiering system that the Extemper’s Bible will be using below.
This is the first time that the Extemper’s Bible is attempting to conduct a National Points Race. We would like to hear your thoughts on our list of tournaments recognized, our tournament tiering, and our points distribution! While we will not make any changes for the 2020-21 season after it begins in early October, we are open to your feedback – please email us at email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
TIER 1 EVENTS: NSDA Nationals, Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin, Extemp Tournament of Champions
These are the most well-known tournaments for high-level Extemp competition – the NSDA National Tournament in terms of pure recognition, and the MBA Round Robin and the Extemp ToC in terms of judge pool and depth of competition.
There will be no distinction made between IX and USX at NSDA Nationals in terms of points received. The final round winners in both categories will receive an additional 250 points as a bonus.
As the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin has a different format from traditional tournaments and is widely recognized as the most prestigious event on the national circuit, the point distribution for MBA competitors is different. Nonetheless, it is still considered a Tier 1 event.
TIER 2 EVENTS: NCFL Nationals, University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions, Harvard National Forensics Tournament
While not as prestigious as the Tier 1 tournaments, these events consistently attract top-level talent from across the nation.
TIER 3 EVENTS: Yale Invitational, The Glenbrooks, GMU Patriot Games (2021+), Cal Invitational
While not true “national” tournaments, these events attract extempers across several states and often serve as the premier tournament in their region of the country.
TIER 4 EVENTS: New York City Invitational, Barkley Forum, The Sunvitational, Florida Blue Key Tournament, University of Texas Longhorn Classic, GMU Patriot Games (2020),
These tournaments can be thought of as smaller versions of Tier 3 tournaments, with strong outrounds and competition pools. They may attract regional talent with some out-of-state competitors.
TIER 5 EVENTS: James Logan MLK Invitational, Marshall Speech Spectacular, Stanford Invitational, Villiger Tournament, Princeton Classic, UK Season Opener, Duke Invitational
Competitors must final at these tournaments in order to receive points in the National Points Race, as they are often much smaller tournaments for local schools.
For tournaments where entrants can compete in both USX and IX, competitors will be given points for their single best placement in either category; for example, if someone finishes 3rd in USX and semifinals in IX, they will be given third-place points. (This will lead to many more competitors gaining points, but will not allow any individual competitor to move ahead in the rankings massively from one tournament.)
Lastly, the Extemper’s Bible only recognizes five round robins – the MBA Extemp Round Robin, the GMU Patriot Games Round Robin, the Florida Blue Key Round Robin, the Capital City Round Robin, and the Durham Academy Cavalier Challenge. Excepting the MBA Round Robin, whose point distribution has already been listed, only the top three finishers at Blue Key, GMU, Capital City, and the Cavalier Challenge will receive points for their Round Robin performance. Their point distributions can be found below.