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What is Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament 2.0?

A discipleship ministry for children and students to internalize the magnitude of God’s love through scripture memory, Bible skills, and speech preparation, all to respond to life’s situations and strengthen their faith in Christ.


The purpose of Bible Drill 2.0 is to begin to develop memory skills; skills that will teach students to effectively handle the Bible, increase the student’s knowledge of the Bible, and learn how to apply the meaning of the passages to their lives.

If participation in Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament is just for scripture memory—we lose. If we learn scripture without meaning—we lose. If we compete just to win—we lose. We win when we make the scriptures personal, when we are changed and can apply the meaning of scriptures to our lives.

Coordinating Team

This is a team of people from all over Texas who love Bible Drill/Speakers’ Tournament and who desire to see it grow. They are the new backbone of Bible Drill/Speaker’s Tournament. If you have any questions, please contact the Coordinating Team at bibledrill[at]

For information on Church and Associational Drills, please contact your church and/or association.


How do I begin?

Need a little help understanding how a drill should run? Click below for our training video.

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Written Speech

New Updated Guidelines

Beginning in 2019, each speaker’s written manuscript will be evaluated before the competition for content, form, and grammar. The written speech score will be included in the final score.

Manuscripts of the speeches must use the MLA format and must include either in-text citations or endnotes. Each speech must also include a works-cited page. For more information about MLA formatting and style, please reference the Dallas Baptist University Writing Center MLA Packet, available here.

Manuscripts should be emailed on the Monday preceding the regional drill and speaker’s tournament weekend to be scored before the tournament.

If a speaker continues to the State Drill, that speech will be kept and scored before the state drill. Scores will be included in the final count.

The scoring will be as following:

  • Manuscript/Written Composition 20%
  • Content 40%
  • Delivery 40%

Topics – Red Cycle 2021

  • Faith Over Fear
  • Where is God in a Crisis?
  • Character Versus Comfort
  • My Witness
  • Power from Prayer
  • Prayer Changes Things
  • Saved to Serve
  • The Cost of Being Different
  • Truths for Tough Times
  • Wonderfully Made

Calendar & Schedule

  • March 7-14: Suggested Church Drill Date
  • March 21: Suggested Associational Drill Date
  • March 28-30: Registration open State/Regional Online Registrations for all locations
  • April 4: Easter
  • April 9-10: State (CH)/Regional (YT/HS) Texas Baptists Bible Drill/Speakers' Tournament (FBC Irving, 403 S Main St, Irving)
  • April 16-17: State (CH)/Regional (YT/HS) Texas Baptists Bible Drill/Speakers' Tournament (FBC College Station, 2300 Welsh Ave, College Station)
  • April 23-24: State (CH)/Regional (YT/HS) Texas Baptists Bible Drill/Speakers' Tournament (FBC Midland, 2104 W Louisiana, Midland)
  • May 1: State Finals for Youth, High School, and Speakers (FBC Carrollton, 1401 Carrollton Pkwy, Carrollton)


Scholarship Information

Four of our Texas Baptist Universities will offer scholarships to the winners of Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament. These scholarships are offered by the universities themselves, so contact will be made directly to them.

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