The Ball State Speech Team has won the Indiana state championship for 10 consecutive years and placed each year at the national tournament. Members of the Speech Team, also known as the individual events program, receive individual coaching as they finesse their public speaking and oral interpretation skills.

We are excited about the 2019-2020 season! We are a young team of diverse and talented students who are ready to have their voices heard on important topics. We are also looking forward to giving back to the community by hosting middle, high school, and college speakers on the beautiful BSU campus.

Mary Moore
Director of Individual Events

What Events Does the Speech Team Do?

  • interpretation events include prose, poetry, dramatic interpretation, program oral interpretation, and duo
  • public address events include informative, persuasive, after dinner speaking, and rhetorical criticism
  • limited-preparation events include extemporaneous and impromptu speaking

What Does Traveling to Speech Tournaments Entail?

  • The speech team travels to about five tournaments a semester.
  • State and national tournaments are in the spring.
  • Primarily, the team travels in university vehicles.
  • The team pays for lodging, entry fees, and food. 

What are the rules to compete?

  • Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • Students must compete in two events.
  • Students must coach at least one hour per event per week.
  • Students must have events approved by members of the coaching staff.

Want to Join?

Contact the director of individual events, Mary Moore, for more information on how to be involved with the speech team.

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Meet the Current Team

2017 Speech Team

The Ball State Speech Team goes to the Indiana Forensics Association State Tournament every year, and has won 10 consecutive team championships. For six years running, the speech team has placed in the top 10 at this national tournament.

Recent Speech Team Awards

Award

Year

4th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2019

1st Place, National Speech Championships

2019

7th Place, Open Division Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament

2018

6th Place, National Speech Championships

2018

7th Place, Open Division Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament

2018

5th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2017

5th Place, National Speech Championships

2017

17th Place, American Forensics Association National Tournament

2017

7th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2016

7th Place, Open Division Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament

2016

6th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2015

4th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2014

11th Place, American Forensics Association National Tournament

2014

3rd Place, Open Division Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament

2014

1st Place, Indiana State Speech Tournament

2013

7th Place, National Forensics Association National Tournament

2013

2nd Place, Division I, NFA National Tournament

2013

1st Place, Open Division, DSR-TKA National Tournament

2013

1st Place, Indiana State Speech Tournament

2012