Qualification Rules

There are four ways to qualify for the Tournament of Champions in Extemp:

1. TOC Extemp 2014 Elimination Rounds

Any student who advanced to quarterfinals, semifinals or finals in extemporaneous speaking at the 2014
TOC Extemp is automatically qualified for this year’s tournament.

2. State Finals

Students that advance to the final round of the open division of their qualifying state tournament in extemporaneous speaking will automatically qualify for the TOC Extemp. Because many states hold their state tournament after our entry deadline, please note the following rule: “Qualifying state tournaments” are defined as (a) any 2015 state tournament that takes place before April 2nd, 2015; and (b) any 2014 state tournament if your 2014 state tournament takes place after April 2nd, 2014.

All tournament entry fees will be waived for any 2014 State Champions in Extemporaneous Speaking. However, in order to waive the fee, verification of the state tournament results must be included with the registration form.

3. Qualifying Tournaments

Please note the change to tournament qualifications. Many tournaments no longer create a “bid” or “leg” for simply making it to elimination rounds. Please see the list below for specific qualification levels for each tournament. Students must earn qualifications at at least two of the following:

  • Alief Taylor High School (TX) 
  • Lamar Consolidated (TX)
  • Apple Valley HS (MN) 
  • Laird Lewis Invitational (NC)
  • Arizona State University 
  • Nova High School (FL)
  • Berkley (CA)
  • Pennsbury Falcon Invitational (PA)
  • Bradley Universitry (IL)
  • Princeton Classic (NJ)
  • California State University – Fullerton
  • St Mark’s/Highland Park (TX)
  • Chanhassen High School (MN)
  • Salina HS Central (KS)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Schwan Speech Spectacular (MN)
  • Crestian Classic (FL)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Dowling (IA)
  • Sunvitational (FL)
  • Downers Grove South (IL)
  • University of Oregon
  • Emory University (GA) 
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Fayette Classic (GA) 
  • University of Texas-Austin
  • Florida Blue Key 
  • Villager (PA)
  • George Mason University (VA) 
  • Wake Forest University Early Bird (NC)
  • Glenbrooks (IL) 
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Harvard (MA) 
  • Whitman College (WA)
  • James Logan HS (CA) 
  • Winston Churchill High School (TX)
  • James E. Taylor HS (TX) 
  • Yale (CT)

Getting a “leg” or “bid” at one of these tournaments is dependent on the number of entries in Extemporaneous Speaking at that tournament. You will get a leg by placing to the following elimination rounds depending on tournament size:

Entries in Extemp

Minimum Round needed for Leg/Bid

40 +


60 +

Quarter Finalist

80 +

Any Elimination Round

4. Bid Applications

We strongly encourage any student who does not or cannot qualify through one of the above methods to apply through our application process. If your state tournament occurs after the bid entry deadline, we encourage you to note that on your application. The application form can be found on the information page of this website.