National Awards Program Committee

Competitive Events Changes for 2017-18 (Baltimore NLC)

FBLA:

  1. Add Broadcast Journalism as a new individual/team event, present a newscast to judges, topic posted in online CMH.

  2. Add Virtual Business Finance Challenge as a new individual/team event, run similarly to Virtual Business Management Challenge.

  3. Modify event guidelines so that all events that are currently teams of 2 to 3 would be an individual or team of 2 to 3. Parliamentary Procedure would remain a team of 4 to 5.

  4. Modify rating sheets for Graphic Design and Publication Design to include more emphasis on the design element of the event.

  5. Rename FBLA Principles & Procedures to "Introduction to FBLA," so that all 9/10 grade events are similarly named.

  6. Rename Public Speaking I to "Introduction to Public Speaking," so that all 9/10 grade events are similarly named.

  7. Rename Public Speaking II to "Public Speaking." Distinction is no longer needed.

  8. Modify event guidelines to no longer use projectors in preliminary round of presentation events--competitors would present directly from their laptops/devices. Eliminates disadvantage some students experience if projectors don't work and creates a level playing field for all competitors. (Projectors will only be provided for finals in events with viewing, and it is up to the competitors to decide if they wish to use them.)

  9. Newly revised FBLA rating sheets will be instituted.

PBL:

  1. Modify event guidelines for Business Communication so that the writing exercise is completed prior to NLC as a pre-judged production test.

  2. Modify event guidelines for Future Business Executive to add an objective test on business knowledge to differentiate this event from Job Interview.

  3. Modify event guidelines to no longer use projectors for presentation events--competitors would present directly from their laptops/devices. Eliminates disadvantage some students experience if projectors don't work and creates a level playing field for all competitors.

  4. Modify event guidelines to eliminate the synopsis requirement for Business Sustainability and Strategic Analysis & Decision Making. This would eliminate the synopsis requirement for all PBL events.