Eligibility in the Speech Rulebook
How many club contest chairs, club presidents or other officers have an understanding that International Speech contests have an additional requirement with regard to eligibility?
Here is an excerpt from the Speech Rulebook for July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016 from Toastmasters International.
A. To be eligible to compete in any official Toastmasters speech contest, a member must:
1. Be a member in good standing of the club, area, division, and district in which he or she is competing. a) The club must also be in good standing. b) A new, dual, or reinstated member must have dues and membership application current with World Headquarters.
2. In addition, to be eligible to compete in the International Speech Contest, a member must have completed at least six speech projects in the Competent Communication manual prior to the club contest. Contestants in speech contests other than the international contest do not need to meet this requirement. a) However, a charter member of a club chartered less than one year before the club contest is permitted to compete without having completed this requirement. The club must have officially chartered before the area contest.
3. Maintain eligibility at all levels of any contest. a) If at any level it is determined that a contestant was ineligible to compete at any previous level, the contestant must be disqualified. This disqualification must occur even if the ineligibility is discovered at a later level and has been corrected.
4. The following are ineligible to compete in any Toastmasters speech contest: a) A member serving as a chief judge, voting judge or tiebreaking judge beyond the club level for a contest in which the member is still competing or intends to compete b) Incumbent international officers and directors c) Region advisors or region advisor applicants d) District officers whose terms expire June 30:
1. District director
2. Program quality director
3. Club growth director
4. Administration manager
5. Finance manager
6. Public relations manager
7. Division director
8. Area director
e) International officer and director candidates
f) Immediate past district governors
g) District officers or announced candidates for elected positions for the term beginning the upcoming July 1
h) Presenters of education sessions at the event at which the contest will be held, including area, division, and district events, as well as the International Convention
5. Contest chairs, chief judges, voting judges, tiebreaking judges, timers, counters, sergeants at arms and test speakers may not compete in the contest at which they are serving.
6. The winner of the World Championship of Public Speaking held in August during the International Convention is not eligible to compete in the International Speech Contest again at any level.
7. Toastmasters who are members in more than one club and who meet all other eligibility requirements are permitted to compete in each club contest in which membership in good standing is held.
a) Should a member win more than one club International Speech Contest, he or she is permitted to represent only one of those clubs at the area level.
b) No contestant can compete in more than one area speech contest of a given type, even if the two areas are in different divisions or districts.
8. Each contestant must be present to compete. Participation by audio tape, video tape, teleconference, Web cam, streaming audio, or other remote technology is not permitted. (Exception: participants in the Taped Speech Contest are required to submit their entries as audio recordings, as outlined in the Taped Speech Contest section of this rulebook.)
B. To be a chief judge, voting judge or tiebreaking judge at a Toastmasters speech contest, you must meet all eligibility requirements identified below.
1. At a club contest, be a member in good standing.
2. At an area, division, or district contest: a) Be a member in good standing for a minimum of six months. b) Have completed a minimum of six speech projects in Competent Communication.
3. At the International Speech Contest Semifinals and the World Championship of Public Speaking:
a) Be a member in good standing for a minimum of six months.
b) Be at least an Advanced Toastmaster Bronze or Advanced Communicator Bronze.
c) Have previously judged a Toastmasters speech contest at the area, division, district, or semifinal level.
4. Voting judges at all levels shall remain anonymous when practical.