Speech is a Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) activity. The official season for Speech within MSHSL is spring. This is the season when registration is due to the high school, and when sections and the state tournament are held. However, there is no limit as to when teams can be practicing or competing.
The MSHSL team begins meeting in December. Category placements typically start the first week. For reference, the 2018-19 season had December practices daily from 2:30-3:30pm. In January, the schedule adjusted to mandatory practice on Wednesdays from 2:20-4:00pm (team meeting 2:20-2:50pm.) Additional practice times are scheduled with coaches and peer coaches through individual sign-up preferences during the rest of the week. Speech practice is flexible; many students are able to successfully participate in speech and other other sports and activities.
Tournaments are on Saturdays, and they last most of the day. The competition season runs from January through April.
Elk Speech also has a NSDA Travel Team, discussed in greater detail under the "Travel Team" tab above.