ERIC Number: ED199797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Coaching for Individual Events.
Coaching students for excellence in the individual events of forensics should encompass the contexts of education, rhetoric, art, and competition. Coaches must keep in mind that forensic events are built on the principles of communication theory, not the rules of contest, and that an effective individual event experience will be the result of extending the activities of the communication classroom, supplementing them, and applying the basic principles of communication to all events. In the rhetorical context, the goal of forensic coaching is to instill in students a sense of ethical responsibility, which can be underscored by extending events into the school and community. In an artistic context, speech activities are performances like any other artistic endeavor, and should entail creativity. A substantial amount of time should be devoted to developing pleasing vocal usage and effective nonverbal techniques. In a competitive context, there must be some instruction in the basic, sometimes varying, rules of the events, which can be accomplished by reading sample ballots and individual events invitations. Holding practice rounds that simulate real tournament conditions and reviewing principles involved in selecting a topic and analyzing a topic that appears obscure are also important factors in competitive coaching. Finally, coaching for individual forensic events should embody the principles of instruction, practice, and constructive criticism. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communicattion Association (Austin, TX, April 7-10, 1981).