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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 – Blue Cycle 2022

  • What Is True Love?
  • Black or White in a Gray World
  • The Bible: God's Gift to Us
  • Growing through Grief
  • The Mind of Christ
  • God Is in Control
  • Just Trust
  • School: My Mission Field
  • Change Can Be Positive
  • Why I Believe What I Believe
  • Is Church Really Important?
  • Jesus is Lord
  • Words Can Destroy
  • Why I Exist
  • Living a Lifestyle of Consistency
  • Choosing Honesty
  • Stepping Out in Faith

Important Dates

March 20: Suggested CHURCH Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament date

March 27: Suggested ASSOCIATIONAL Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament date

March 27-29: Online Registration for Children’s STATE and Youth and High School REGIONAL Competitions. Registration will open at 7:00 pm on Sunday and will close at 11:59 pm on Tuesday.

April 8-9: Children’s State Bible Drill; Youth and High School Regional Bible Drill; and High School Regional Speakers’ Tournament; Location TBD, but will be at a Dallas area church

April 22-23: Children’s State Bible Drill; Youth and High School Regional Bible Drill; and High School Regional Speakers’ Tournament at First Baptist Church, 2104 W Louisiana, Midland

April 29-30: Children’s State Bible Drill; Youth and High School Regional Bible Drill; and High School Regional Speakers’ Tournament at First Baptist Church, 2300 Welsh Avenue, College Station

May 7: Youth and High School State Bible Drill; and High School State Speakers’ Tournament at FBC Allen, 201 E McDermott Dr, Allen


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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