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Last Chance at Illinois State

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This is a College tournament in Illinois.

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February 1, 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The coaches and students at Illinois State University are pleased to invite you to attend the Last Chance tournament on Sunday March 8, 2020 (for our District V friends, this is the day AFTER our District tournament).
We are excited to be offering all 11 AFA / NFA events.    We will have novice sections in any NFA event that has at least 9 varsity and 5 novice entries.  

We hope to see you in March for one last little bit of Normal before Nationals!


Megan Koch
Director of Forensics
Illinois State University

Spencer Coile
Assistant Director of Individual Events
O: (309) 438-2321
E: swcoile@ilstu.edu

GENERAL:   All programs and speeches must not have been used by a student in any competition (high school or college) prior to September 1, 2019.  Novice divisions will be offered in events that have at least 9 varsity and 5 novice entries.  A novice is a student who has no intercollegiate forensics experience prior to September 1, 2019.  Competitors must be undergraduates working on their first degree.  We will be following the rules and ethical standards of the National Forensics Association. For event descriptions or clarification of rules, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/nationalforensicsassociation/about-nfa/governing-documents

ENTRIES:  Each student may enter a maximum of six events.  Flights will be arranged to minimize cross entry, while best using rooms and judges.  There is no limit on the amount of entries a school may enter per event; however, for schools with larger entries we may have to artificially move competitors to utilize judges from that school.  

Events Offered    
Extemporaneous Speaking       Informative Speaking
Persuasive Speaking       Impromptu Speaking
Duo Interpretation       Dramatic Interpretation
Prose                       Communication Analysis
After Dinner Speaking       Poetry
Program Oral Interpretation    
The deadline for receiving entries is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 3rd.  Drops will be accepted after the deadline without penalty until noon Wednesday, March 4th.   Changes based on tournament performance on Saturday March 7th will be allowed; we just ask that they are reported Saturday night.

Entries should be posted to Speechwire

JUDGES & FEES:  Entry fees are $5.00 per entry slot.  Drops will be accepted free of charge until noon on Wednesday, March 4th.  After March 4th drop fees will be charged at the whim of the tournament staff (but seriously, if someone is sick, please reconsider traveling them; we won't charge you).

Each school should furnish one judge for every six slots.  Hired judges are available at $10.00 per uncovered slot (hired judges will be paid $10.00 per round).  We will gladly pay any clean judges a school can provide beyond their obligation to ensure better ballots for your students.  Judges dropped after the Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. deadline will result in a nuisance fee of $25.00 each plus the additional cost of hiring a judge.  Judges dropped at registration will result in a $75.00 nuisance fee plus the additional cost of hiring a judge.  ALL fees are assessed as of 5pm Tuesday March 5th.

Checks should be made payable to ISU Forensics.  Online credit card payments can be made at the following link (it will not supply a total; please make sure you know what you owe): https://secure.touchnet.com/C20868_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=1650&SINGLESTORE=true

AWARDS:  To keep costs down, we will not be giving out trophies for finalists.  Your qualification will be your award!  

ATTIRE:  This is a "come as you are" tournament - no need for suits!


HOTELS:  if you have any problems securing reservations, please email us!  Listed are a few options that have worked for past tournaments.  Online reviews tend to be scary accurate.  Check with us before booking if you’re unsure.  
•    Marriott Uptown (one block from campus): 201 Broadway Ave, Normal, (309) 862-9000
•    Hyatt Place Uptown (across from the Marriott): 200 Broadway Ave, Normal, (309) 454-9288
•    Holiday Inn Express 1715 Parkway Plaza Drive, Normal (309) 862-1600
•    Courtyard by Marriott:  312 Greenbriar Drive, Normal  (309) 862-1166
•    Hampton Inn: 320 S. Towanda Avenue, Normal (309) 452-8900
•    Super 8: 2 Traders Circle, Normal  (309) 454-5858

PARKING: Red (faculty) or Green (commuter) lots are open and free all weekend.  We suggest parking in the SE corner of the Student Services Building lot (201 N University St Normal IL 61761).  Registration will be directly across College Ave. in Schroeder Hall.  Directions to campus and printable maps (city, campus and parking) are available at: www.ilstu.edu/map. METERS AND “RESERVED” (HANDICAPPED, BUSINESS, MEDICAL AND NUMBERED) SPACES ARE ENFORCED 24/7.  YOU WILL BE TICKETED!
LUNCH OPTIONS: Because it is the beginning of spring break, the student center may not be open, however there are several places around the ISU quad to stop in for a quick lunch.  Here are a few of our favorites for price and vegetarian menus:
Northeast of the quad (Uptown Normal):
The Rock (gyros and burgers) - 203 W. North St.
Jimmy John’s Sandwiches – 207 W. North St
The Coffeehouse and Deli (all vegetarian) – 114 E. Beaufort St
Garlic Press Café – 106 W. North St

Southwest of the quad:
Jimmy John’s Sandwiches – 305 S. Main St
Potbelly Sandwiches and Noodles & Company – 609 S. Main St
Avanti’s Italian Restaurant (speedy takeout) - 407 S. Main St.
Chipotle & Meathead’s Burgers - 701 S. Main St.

If you prefer to order delivery, the address for Schroeder Hall is 403 W. College Avenue Normal IL

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2020- posted on Speechwire; subject to change to accommodate entries

Important tournament rooms

Extemp Prep - 102
Tab Room - 126
Student Gathering Area - 130
Quiet Room - 210

Manager contact information

Megan Koch
Email address: mkoch@ilstu.edu
Phone number:

Mailing address

Campus Box 4480
Normal, IL 61790

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