DDF is an academic sport that teaches students proper ways to engage in speaking and research. Because of the complexity of the events and the scoring, it can often be hard to determine the significance of the event placing.
DDF is composed of two parts – debate and drama.
Debate placing is the result of how well students place in six public forum debates. Their results are stated as a win/loss ratio. Results come down to the judges, therefore it is very important that each student practices good speaking skills during the debate. Students also receive a score (30 points possible) called speaker points after each round. After the debates, the speaker points are added up and tallied as that students total speaker points.
Ex: Seth went 2-4 and Piper went 5-1 but tied for 3rd in speaker points.
Drama is composed of 10 different events:
– Dramatic Interpretation
– Duet Acting
– Duo Interpretation
– Expository Speaking
– Extemporaneous Speaking
– Extemporaneous Commentary
– Humorous Interpretation
– Original Oration, Pantomime
– Readers’ Theatre
– Solo Acting.
Placing involves a student placing in a spot in their rooms. After two placement rounds in each event, the top placing students compete in the finals. Placement in the event is determined by where the students place in finals.
Ex: Arick places 5th in his first round, but places 1st in his second round, so he qualifies for Finals thanks to his strong average place. Placement in finals is not reliant on placement in beginning rounds.