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The National Points Race is Live! + Methodology

This article explains the format and methodology behind the 2020-21 National Points Race, hosted by the Extemper’s Bible.

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 james@extempers.org and/or steve@extempers.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.

PlacementPoints Earned
1st1500
2nd1250
3rd1150
4th1000
5th900
6th800
Semifinalist550
Quarterfinalist400
Octofinalist*200
* Of the tournaments in this tier, only the NSDA National Tournament holds octofinals.

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.

PlacementPoints Earned
1st1600
2nd1400
3rd1300
4th1200
5th1100
6th1000
Participant700

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.

PlacementPoints Earned
1st1200
2nd1000
3rd900
4th800
5th700
6th600
Semifinalist450
Quarterfinalist250
Octofinalist*100

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.

PlacementPoints Earned
1st900
2nd750
3rd675
4th600
5th525
6th450
Semifinalist250
Quarterfinalist100

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.

PlacementPoints Earned
1st600
2nd500
3rd450
4th400
5th350
6th300
Semifinalist125

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.

PlacementPoints Earned
1st400
2nd300
3rd250
4th200
5th150
6th100

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. 

PlacementPoints Earned
1st250
2nd175
3rd100

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