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IPSC 2020

Rules and regulations

Registration and subscription fee

The closing date for countries to register for the competition is Monday, 3 February 2020. This must be done using the preliminary registration form, found at

The closing date for participants or accompanying guests to submit their final information for the competition is Monday, 16 March 2020. This must be done using the participant registration form or the accompanying guest registration form.

The closing date for organisers, participants or accompanying guests to pay the IPSC subscription fee is Monday, 3 February 2020. This must be done using the payment form. The IPSC subscription fee must be paid by organisers and is £275 GBP (ESU member countries) or £425 GBP (others).

All forms must be completed online here. If this is not possible please contact the competition organisers on

Organisers, participants or accompanying guests who are unable to submit their registration or information form and/or make their payment within the timeframe provided and/or in the manner provided, for whatever reason, must contact the IPSC convenor directly, prior to the deadline, to request an extension or exemption.

Eligibility and attendance

One participant per competing recognised nation/region is eligible to enter IPSC 2020.

Two accompanying guests per participant are eligible to attend IPSC 2020.

Participants must be winners of an ESU public speaking competition in their nation/region or winners of another public speaking competition in their nation/region, which is officially recognised by the ESU (e.g. that of a partner organisation).

Participants must be students aged between 16 and 20 at the time of the competition (i.e. the oldest possible participant would turn 21 the day after the competition ends). Participants must be passport holders or permanent residents of the nation/region they are representing.


Participants must write and deliver a speech, the title and content of which are connected with the theme for the competition. Participants may interpret the theme in any way they wish, but may not use the theme as the title of their speech.

This year’s theme for national competitions is ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced’ and may be used by competition organisers for their national public speaking competitions. This year’s prepared speech heats theme for the international competition is ‘Think globally, act locally’.

All participants will be required to deliver a prepared speech on the prepared speech heats theme, as well as an impromptu speech. IPSC participants must prepare three wholly different speeches for the international competition.

Conduct of Rounds and Disqualification

All the information pertaining to the heats and the grand final is explained in this Conduct of Rounds downloadable booklet.


Participants who breach the rules relating to registration, eligibility, themes or the conduct of rounds may be disqualified. Participants who, in the opinion of the IPSC Convenor, act in a manner which would bring themselves or the ESU into disrepute may be disqualified.

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