16 Things A Speech Coach Deals With The Week Leading Up To The First Tournament

Coaching is hard! I’m sure other coaches can sympathize with me when I say this…it’s not really easy.

But coaching speech is a whole other level of difficult…

No offense to coaches of other sports but when you have 14 events, 40+ kids each with probably 2 different events and they expect you to know everything about their piece even if you’ve never seen it…life is a bit tough!

Allow me to elaborate on what it’s like leading up to the first tournament! 

When A Student Waits Till The Last Minute To Ask For Help

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When A Student Tells You They Want To Switch Pieces The Week Of

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When A Student Tells You They Want To Switch Events The Week Of

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When A Student Isn’t Even Finished Writing Their Piece

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When You See A Kids Piece For The First Time And It’s A Mess

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When You Have A Mock Tournament And 1/2 The Team Isn’t Ready

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When A Kid Actually Surprises You And Does A Good Job

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When A Veteran Performer Doesn’t Perform Up To Par

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Having To Explain To A New Student How A Speech Tournament Works

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And They Just Look At You Like

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When They Ask You A Super Vague Question About A Piece You’ve Never Seen

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When They Send You Their Script And They Basically Need To Redo The Entire Thing

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When You Have To Remind A Former JV Performer That They’re Now Varsity

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When A Student Asks You What Their Chances Of Winning Are But You Know They’re Not Good

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When A Student Asks You About Being On The Regional Team And You Haven’t  Even Been To The First Tournament Yet!

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When Kids Complain About Not Getting Enough Practice Time And You See Them Gossiping With Their Friends

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Former Speech Blog Posts:

The 15 Types Of Tears You’ll See At Speech Sectionals

18 Judges You’ll See At A Speech Tournament

18 Kids You’ll See At A Speech Tournament

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