Tournament Status: Accepting Entries

Welcome to the home page for the 2018 Cardinal Clash tournament hosted by Ball State University (IN) on Jan 21, 2018 for College students.


The Ball State University Speech Team is pleased to invite you to the Cardinal Clash on Sunday, January 21, 2018.  This tournament will be held in conjunction with Butler University’s Bulldog Battle.  Both tournaments will take place on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis, the Crossroads of America.  The campus is just four hours from Ann Arbor and St. Louis, three hours from Chicago, Columbus (OH), and Lexington (KY), and two hours from Louisville and Cincinnati.

The Cardinal Clash will offer competition in all NFA individual events (plus POI and the 2018 IFA experimental event, Long Read Response) on Sunday. For Impromptu we will use a variety of prompts such as quotations, proverbs, questions, ethical dilemmas and words.  Tabulation and event rules will follow NFA guidelines.

We look forward to welcoming you and your students to the Cardinal Clash.  We hope to see you in January!


Mary Moore

(765) 285-1957

Registration and Information

1. Each school may enter an unlimited number of entries per event.

2. Each competitor may enter up to three events per flight.

Group A                                              Group B                     
Duo Interpretation                              Impromptu Speaking
Extemporaneous Speaking                  Informative Speaking
Persuasive Speaking                            After Dinner Speaking
Rhetorical Criticism (CA)                   Program Oral Interpretation   
Dramatic Interpretation                      Poetry Interpretation
Prose Interpretation                            Long Read Response

This year we will be using for registration.  If you have any issues registering please contact Mary Moore (

Experimental Event Info:  Long Read Response

Preparation time: 30 minutes (with draw procedure/format of Extemp)

Speaking time: 7 minutes maximum (time signals should be provided by judge)

Speakers will be given a “long read”—an article of at least 3000 words in length that may take one of several forms, including essay, creative nonfiction, narrative journalism, etc. They will also be given a panel of two questions that prompt a response to the piece; they will choose one of the two questions and prepare their response. While there is no restriction on using the internet during prep time, there is no expectation of outside research. The response should craft a well-reasoned argument, and may use local (personal) and general knowledge as evidence. The article itself may (and should) also be used as support. The judge(s) will also be given a copy of the article, as well as time to read it before the round begins. Each round will use a different article.

Example article: “In Defense of Favoritism” by Stephen Asma.

Example prompts:

a. One important element of Asma’s argument is his claim that contemporary U.S. society creates problems for itself when it confuses fairness with other concepts, such as open-mindedness, equality, and egalitarianism. Is Asma correct when he suggests that U.S. society’s confusion of fairness with these other concepts “hinders conversation and debate more than it helps” (par. 5)?

b. Asma suggests that favoritism has important and essential functions in human society and should, therefore, not be sidelined by U.S. society’s  current preference for egalitarianism in all aspects of human endeavor. Are U.S. society’s attempts to level the playing field for many members of society to some extent misguided because favoritism and, therefore, inequality are natural to the human experience?


  1. A fee of $8 will be charged for each individual event entry.
  2. One judge is needed for every six entries or any fraction thereof. A fee of $10 will be charged for each uncovered entry.  (7 entries = 2 judges or one judge and $12)
  3. Fees will be calculated at 12:00pm (EST) on Wednesday January 17, 2018.  Each dropped entry will incur a cost of $10 if dropped after 12:00 pm (EST) Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  The cost will increase to $15 if dropped after 5:00 pm (EST) on Thursday January 18, 2018.
  4. Each dropped judge after 5:00PM (EST) on Friday, January 19, 2018 will incur a cost of $100. (You can change judge names at no cost.)
  5. Checks should be made out to Ball State University.



  1. Awards will be given to the top three schools in team sweepstakes, finalists in all events and the top three in quadrathon.
  2. Sweepstakes points will be based on final round points.
  3. To qualify for quadrathon, a competitor must compete in four or more events.


Tournament Schedule: Sunday, January 21, 2018

7:30AM (EST)Registration (Jordan Hall 141)                       

8:00                 Extemp Draw

8:30                 ROUND 1A

9:30                 Extemp Draw

10:00               ROUND 2A

11:15-12:00     Lunch Break

12:00               Long Read Response Draw

12:15               ROUND 1B

1:30                 Long Read Response Draw

1:45                 ROUND 2B

3:00                 Extemp Draw

3:30                 FINALS FLIGHT A

4:45                 FINALS FLIGHT B

6:00                 Awards


Tournament Documents

Related Tournaments:

  1. Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
  2. Marian University (Indianapolis, IN)
  3. McKendree University (Lebanon, IL)
  4. University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  5. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
  1. A - Open Dramatic-Duo (3)
  2. A - Open Dramatic-Interp (6)
  3. A - Open Extemporaneous (10)
  4. A - Open Persuasive (9)
  5. A - Open Prose (8)
  6. A - Open Rhetorical-Criticism (7)
  7. B - Open After-Dinner-Spk (5)
  8. B - Open Impromptu (14)
  9. B - Open Informative (6)
  10. B - Open Long-Read-Response (6)
  11. B - Open Poetry (5)
  12. B - Open Prog-Oral-Interp (7)

Total IE Entries: 86

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