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District III AFA-NIET National Qualifying Tournament Saturday, March 07, 2020

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the Oklahoma City University


On behalf of the AFA-NIET District 3 Committee it is my pleasure to invite you to the 2020 AFA- NIET District 3 Qualifier. Josh Young and Oklahoma City University will serve as our host in OKC for a Saturday, March 7, 2020 tournament.  My name is Craig Brown, Dir. of Forensics at Kansas State University and your D3 chair.  My contact information is craigb@ksu.edu and 785-313-2377.  If you are on Facebook, feel free to friend me and/or join our AFA D3 Speech! group.

This invitation contains information relevant to the tournament as well as important information for reporting legs/at-large qualifications, Title IX training that’s part of the AFA-NIET Sexual Harassment Policy, All-American deadlines, important deadlines for nationals, and other district news.

Because the Title IX training requirement is still new (just year two of the process)- be sure to read that section below and get everyone you are bringing to the AFA-NIET the proper training.

Please forward this invite to any district schools that might not otherwise receive this information and let me know about them so that I can contact them directly. I also owe a special thanks to Randy Cox, University of Texas at Austin for serving as our treasurer. 

D3 Entry Deadlines

Your initial D3 Tournament entry needs to be done using Speechwire.com.  The deadline is Monday, 5:00 pm, March 02, 2020.  No additional entries can be accepted after this deadline.


You may drop or replace entries without penalty until Wednesday, March 04, 5:00 pm.  


Entry Fees: $9.00 per slot.


Judging Fees: $10 per uncovered slot.  Each judge covers five slots per pattern.  If you are traveling additional people who can be hired to judge, please let me know in advance so arrangements can be made to hire them.


AFA-NIET Subscription Dues

If you have not paid your dues yet, they are $50. I’ve included an invoice at the end of the invite or you can use the form on the AFA-NIET website (www.afa-niet.org). But please notify me if you have already paid your dues to the national organization.  The district prefers that you pay your AFA-NIET dues directly to the district.  If you are competing at the D3 Tournament your dues must be paid before you can compete.  You can pay at registration. 

If you are not competing at the D3 Tournament, the deadline for payment (to the district or to the AFA-NIET directly) is March 06, 2020.

If you are paying before the D3 Tournament, send the payment to Randy Cox.  He can be reached at mrcox@austin.utexas.edu

If you are paying by check, please make it payable to AFA-NIET District III.  This applies to both the tournament fees and the AFA-NIET Dues.

Drops/Changes After March 04, 5:00 pm: Any drops or changes need to be communicated to me ASAP- preferably by text or a phone call to 785-313-2377.

Wednesday March 04, 5:00 pm until 8:30 am, Thursday, March 05: $10 per drop, plus the original entry fee.

Thursday, March 05, 8:30 am through March 07 registration: $50 per drop, including those made at registration.

Dropping a judge after March 04, 5:00 pm will incur a $150 fee, in addition to any additional fees for event coverage on the entry. 


Entry Rules Unique to the D3 Tournament

  • Schools are limited to no more than five (5) entries per event. 

  • Students are limited to no more than two events (2) per AFA-NIET event pattern. Even though we will be using a two-pattern format for the D3 Tournament, students need to use the AFA-NIET three pattern format (A: Duo, Ext, Inf B: Per, POI, Imp, Pro C: ADS Poe CA DI) to control cross-entry. Scheduling accommodations will be made for students with multiple events in the same pattern during the actual tournament. 

  • Students may not enter an event if they are already qualified at-large in that event. Clarification- If you have qualified Duo at-large with one partner, you may enter another Duo with a different partner. 

  • All events will use the AFA-NIET rules/descriptions. 

AFA Membership

In addition to the NIET dues, the AFA requires at least one individual membership for any school attending the NIET or the NDT. This may be done via the AFA website at the following address: https://www.americanforensicsassoc.org/memberships/


There are two options to do this. An Individual Membership is available for $85, and is appropriate for professional educators. You may instead choose to designate a student (undergraduate or graduate) to serve as the representative member, and that cost is only $25. You can find the student membership on the AFA website shop.

After you have entered for the District tournament I will be reaching out to each school asking them to identify their designated member.

You cannot compete at the AFA-NIET without having paid your Individual Member dues. Any schools listed as not having paid their NIET subscription will see that fee added as part of the fees at the NIET.


Tentative AFA-NIET D3 Tournament Schedule

Friday, March 06, 2019

8:00 D3 Committee Planning Meeting and Tournament Prep if needed- Location tbd

Saturday, March 07, 2019

7:15    Registration

7:45    Extemp Draw

8:00    Round 1-A

9:30    Round 1-B

10:45  Extemp Draw

11:00  Round 2-A

12:30  Round 2-B

1:45    Lunch Break and Student Meeting- The students will use this as a working

lunch for the initial part of the student meeting.

2:30    Coach verification for all prelims.

2:45    Extemp Draw

3:00    A Finals

3:15    Extemp Finals

4:30    B Finals

6:00    Coaches meeting and continuation of student meeting if needed.

ASAP Awards


Campus map and specific locations: Map and location specifics will be announced at a later date.


Hotel Information: We do not have an official host hotel, but Oklahoma City has a variety of hotels at a variety of price points.  You want someplace in north-central or central OKC.


Host contact info: Josh Young, Dir. of Forensics & Visiting Assistant Professor of Speech and Debate, Department of Philosophy & Rhetoric, Oklahoma City University  jeyoung@okcu.edu


At-Large Qualifications for the AFA-NIET

At-large qualification forms need to be e-mailed to me at craigb@ksu.edu


DO NOT SEND THE AT-LARGE QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTATION OR FORMS TO ANYONE BUT YOUR D3 CHAIR- CRAIG BROWN.  Every year somebody sends all of that to the NIET chair or tournament director.  They don’t want them. Let’s make it so that nobody from D3 falls into that category.


I have several schools at-large paperwork and I’ve let them know if everything is okay or not.  So if you thought you had sent them to me (prior to February 07) and you haven’t heard from me, then let me know ASAP so we can get that straightened out.


Please make it a priority to send me all of your first semester qualifications if you haven’t yet.    I need the time to double-check everything.  And at this point of the year, I will not mind you sending me weekly up-dates as we get closer to the D3 Tournament.


If you are competing at the D3 Tournament with an event on two-legs, I need the at-large paperwork by Monday March 02.

I need time to verify everything so that your students have the best possible chance to qualify for nationals.  Mistakes about what is qualified at-large cannot be fixed if I get the paperwork any later than that. 


The last possible deadline to submit at-large paperwork to me is the national entry deadline: March 09, 2020.


You can find the new and improved Google doc at-large qualification form at the AFA-NIET website (look under ‘documents and forms’)- www.afa-niet.org


At-Large Documentation Should Include

  1. The At-Large Qualification form for each student.


  1. The results cover/summary sheet for each tournament you are using for the at-large qualification.  That needs to include the number of competing schools and the number of competitors in each event.  The results summary provided by SpeechWire is ideal.  If you have any doubts about whether to send full tabs for a contest, call or text me (785-313-2377).


  1. If cover/summary sheets are not available, please send the tab sheets.  I need to be able to verify how many schools were competing and how many students were competing in the applicable events.


  1. If Kansas State was competing in IEs at the tournament, I already have the information I need.


Students on Two Legs Going Into Districts

If you have a student on two-legs the week of the D3 tournament and they are competing at the D3 tournament, I must have those same three pieces of information (number of schools, placement, number of entries). This will enable me to verify their two-leg status and assist in being able to accurately know who may additionally qualify for nationals based on what happens at the D3 tournament.


Student Verification

In order to prove that your students are enrolled and meet the AFA-NIET eligibility requirements, you will need to have your school fill out the Student Verification Form and turn it in at the D3 tournament. This is a change from previous years where you brought it with you to nationals. The verification needs to be sent to the District Chair. You can find the form at www.afa-niet.org.


If you are going to nationals but not the D3 tournament, I need the form by March 09. You can send it to me as a PDF attached to e-mail, but please bring the original with you to the AFA-NIET!


Items for Coach and Student Meetings

March 02 is also the deadline for submitting agenda items for the D3 coaches and student meetings.  Items for coaches should be sent directly to me.  Items for the student meeting should be sent to the D3 student rep- Marley Lowe (Kansas State) at marley3@k-state.edu


All-American Nominations

If you are attending the D3 tournament, you can bring the complete AFA-NIET All-American packet to the tournament.

If are not attending the D3 tournament, I will need your complete packet by Wednesday, March 04. Materials can be scanned and sent to me by e-mail and will be reviewed by the D3 Committee at the tournament, but the original OFFICIAL transcript must arrive in my hands before further action.

The All-American Committee has worked to help streamline the process and make sure that interested students make the best application possible.  You will find all the information you need at www.afa-niet.org under the ‘documents and forms’ tab.


The 2020 AFA-NIET in Santa Ana, California

The 2020 AFA-NIET will be hosted in Santa Ana, California and is scheduled from April 4-6, 2020.  THIS IS A SATURDAY-SUNDAY-MONDAY COMPETITION SCHEDULE.  National and District meetings will happen on Friday.  The entry deadline for the AFA-NIET will be Monday, March 09. If you don’t have the invite yet you can find it at www.afa-niet.org.  You will need to use SpeechWire to enter.


Some quick things to be aware of for the 2020 AFA-NIET

  • The city of Santa Ana, California is our host.  They hosted NFA last year.  We will be competing in a high school. Monday rounds will be at the tournament hotel (The DoubleTree).


  • There is no meal plan this year.  Schools/students are on their own.  Santa Ana will have 25 taco trucks there during the day on Saturday and Sunday.


  • Remember to bring the Judge Guidelines form with you and have it signed by all your judges.  It can also be found under the AFA-NIET ‘documents and forms’ tab.


The AFA-NIET Sexual Harassment Policy and Title IX Training Information/Requirements

AFA-NIET attendees: Please read carefully the policy adopted by the NIET National Committee.  Please let your colleagues who may not have attended know about this very important policy.

The AFA-NIET Policy:  All forms of sexual harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse are completely unacceptable. These behaviors have no place at the AFA-NIET, and do not represent who we are. We want to protect the safety of all students attending the AFA-NIET. The Sexual Harassment Committee is dedicated to educating all coaches, students, and judges about their rights through Title IX and are required to provide information about resources available at the national tournament. In order to attend the AFA-NIET 2019 all students, coaches, and judges are required to undergo Title IX/sexual harassment/misconduct training at your home institutions before registering for the NIET. Verification of training must be submitted to your District Chair before you submit an NIET entry. Together we can improve awareness about harassment/assault and improve student safety. 


Title IX Training Form: You will find the Title IX Training Certification form at www.afa-niet.org under the ‘documents and forms’ tab.  Please note the recent e-mail I forwarded from the AFA-NIET’s Title IX office Kittie Grace (Hastings College).  It provided lots of information as well.  If you didn’t see that e-mail, let me know and I will get it to you.


You need to have all of your students, coaches, judges and volunteers who plan to attend the AFA-NIET prove that they have participated in some type of harassment education training.


Last year there was an on-line training made available until a week before the AFA-NIET for hired judges and tournament staff to take if needed.  I will be verifying if they are doing this again and passing along the information.

Grand Summary

  • D3 Tournament is Saturday, March 07 at Oklahoma City University
  • D3 entry deadline is Monday, March 02 on SpeechWire
  • You need to pay your D3 AFA-NIET dues if you haven’t already
  • Randy Cox mrcox@austin.utexas.edu gets the D3 dues if you’re paying before the D3 tournament.


  • You will need someone with an AFA Membership if you want to compete at nationals
  • Send me your at-large qualifications
  • Send me the at-large paperwork for any D3 entries with two-legs by Monday, March 02
  • AFA-NIET entry deadline is March 09 on SpeechWire
  • Remember to do the Student Verification form- send it to me
  • All-American nominations are due either by Monday, March 02 or brought with you to the D3 tournament


  • AFA-NIET is a Sat-Sun-Mon competition schedule- April 4-5-6 (meetings on Friday)
  • Everyone you are taking to nationals (coaches/judges/competitors) have to complete the Title IX training



Looking forward to seeing old friends in Oklahoma/California and making new ones-


Craig Brown








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