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

1. TOC Extemp 2018 Elimination Rounds

Any student who advanced to quarterfinals, semifinals or finals in extemporaneous speaking at the 2018 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 2019 state tournament prior to the TOC Extemp entry deadline or (b) any 2018 state tournament that occurred after April 9, 2018.

All tournament entry fees will be waived for any 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 a minimum of two of the following:


Automatic Qualifications

2018 TOC Extemp Elimination Rounds


Quarter-Final Level Bids

Berkeley (CA)

Florida Blue Key (FL)

George Mason University (VA)

Glenbrooks (IL)

Harvard (MA)

NSDA National Tournament 2018

Saint Joseph’s University- Villager (PA)

Sunvitational (FL)

Yale (CT)


Semi-Final Level Bids

CFL National Tournament 2018

Emory University (GA)

James Logan HS (CA)

Stanford University (CA)

St. Mark’s (TX)

Schwan Speech Spectacular (MN)

University of Texas- Austin (TX)


Final Level Bids

Apple Valley HS (MN)

Bradley University (IL)

Cypress Bay (FL)

Dowling (IA)

Isadoore Newman (LA)

Princeton Classic (NJ)

Winston Churchill (TX)

University of Pennsylvania (PA)




Top 3 Bids

Arizona State University

California State University – Fullerton

Chanhassen High School (MN)

Columbia University (NY)

Downers Grove South (IL)

Durham Academy (NC)

Lamar Consolidated (TX)

Nova (FL)

Ridge (NJ)

Plano West Senior HS (TX)

Saint Mary’s Hall (TX)

UFS Invitational (OK)

4. Bid Applications

Any student who does not or cannot qualify through one of the above methods may submit an at large TOC bid application. Bid applications may either be submitted by email at nuextemptocbidapps@gmail.com or be mailed to the address provided below. Bid applications will be reviewed upon acceptance, and while we will try to get responses back as soon as possible, we guarantee we will respond to all applications by April 19th 2019.

Downloadable Bid Application


  1. The applicant or the applicant’s coach must submit the Bid Application.
  2. If submitting by email, bid applications must be sent to nuextemptocbidapps@gmail.com by 11:59pm, April 8th, 2019.
  3. If submitting by mail, the bid application must be postmarked by April 8th, 2019 and sent to:


Tournament of Champions

Attention: Ryan Lauth

Department of Communication Studies

Northwestern University

1815 Chicago Ave

Evanston, IL 60208