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Limited Prep Prompts are now posted at the bottom of this document. Just scroll down!


For any questions please check the "How will Limited Prep Work" section below.


Invitation to WKU/Alumni Fall Tournament    


Dear Colleagues:


Please help us kick off the 2020-2021 competition season by joining us virtually on September 26th-27th for the 2020 Western Kentucky University Fall Tournament. The tournament will include:


•    A Lincoln-Douglas Debate Tournament (Saturday/Sunday) held in a virtual synchronous format

•    An Individual Events Tournament held in a virtual asynchronous format

•    Novice divisions in debate and top novice recognition in IE

•    Team Recognition for the top three schools in debate and IE

•    Top Speaker Recognition in debate

•    Quadrathon Recognition (LD counts as 2 events towards eligibility)

•    Overall Recognition for schools competing in both debate and IE




More information is contained within the rest of this invitation regarding entries and scheduling. However, if you have any questions, please contact:


For LD Debate: Chad Meadows (chadwickmeadows@gmail.com

For Individual Events: Ganer Newman (ganer.newman@wku.edu

  Ben Robin (benjamin.robin@wku.edu



The Western Kentucky University Forensics program







LD Entry                                            $30.00 per debater

IE Slots (duo = two slots)                   $10/per slot/per tournament

Uncovered LD Entry                     $100.00 plus entry fee

Uncovered IE Per Slot/Per Tmnt $20.00 plus entry fee

Drops after the drop deadline             $25.00

No-Show/Unreported Drop         $50.00


All fees (entries, judges, drops, and no-shows/unreported drops) can be paid AFTER the tournment. We recognize that access to funding can be a combersome process for many schools at this time. NEW OR STUDENT RUN PROGRAMS WILL RECEIVE 50% OFF THEIR TOTAL ENTRY FOR THE TOURNAMENT. Checks must be payable to "WKU Forensics."




All registration for Individual Events is done online via speechwire.com. All IE students and judges will need speechwire accounts prior to registering for the tournament. 


Registration and tabulation for Debate will use Tabroom




There are no event restrictions! Students may enter as many events as they desire. 



A full time debate judge covers 3 rounds. An IE judge covers 6 IE slots. If you do not bring enough judges, there is an uncovered judge fee. LD reserves the right to impose restrictions on large uncovered entries. Please attempt to fulfill your commitment.




Entries must be received by 4:00 PM Central Standard Time on Tuesday, September 22th via Speechwire.com. That system also allows you to check your entry at any time.



Monday, September 21st at 5 p.m (CST) via tabroom.




Considering the asynchronous format, we don’t anticipate any drops or changes for Individual events, as the complete video will be registered by Tuesday at 4:00 CST. 



If you must drop an entry, please phone in or email the drop early so that we may make appropriate changes. The drop deadline will be noon on Thursday, September 24th.  Any drops after the deadline will result in a $25 drop fee. Finally, there is no excuse for a student not showing up to a round or being an unreported drop; consequently a nuisance fee of $50 will be accessed for any unreported drops.




Competition will be offered in all 11 AFA (NST) events. All events will follow the AFA - (NST) rules unless otherwise indicated. (See LP)


Competitors will provide videos of their performances which will be judged asynchronously.


How to provide your video?

Our individual events tournament will be conducted asynchronously. Students should record their video, then upload it to their own private (or a team) youtube channel. Once uploaded, students can adjust the video setting to “unlisted.” This will make the video un-searchable, but still viewable to anyone with the link (url.)


We will be using AFA (NST) standards for videos: 

  • Students are only allowed one mic and one speaker.

  • Duo partners will not be allowed to perform in the same room for filming.

  • Physically present audiences (aside from the camera operator) are not allowed.


When registering for the tournament, Speechwire will provide a space to enter a student name, event and the url for their video. 


When judges receive their dance cards / eballots, those links will be provided to them.


These links will also be provided to other competitors in the round. Due to privacy concerns, only judges and students participating in a specific round will have access to video links for that round. Please do not share these links out of respect for the performers.


The same video will be used for all rounds: 2 preliminary rounds and finals.


Preliminary rounds will be judged on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Final rounds will be judged on Saturday and Sunday. 


A live streamed awards ceremony will occur on Sunday afternoon. Time: TBD



Competitor videos only need to be set on “unlisted” for the duration of the tournament. After the tournament is over, competitors can adjust their video setting to “private” ensuring the link will no longer provide access to the video.


How will Limited Prep work?


All LP prompts will be released 28 hours before registration is due. (We will send out prompts at noon (CST) on Monday, September 21st. Videos must be submitted by 4:00 (CST) on Tuesday, September 22nd.) 


Extemp prompts will consist of questions. Students can choose any question from the provided options. From the moment of selection students will have 30 minutes to prepare and then must immediately perform and record their speech. Impromptu prompts will be quotations. Students can choose any quotation from the provided options. From the moment of selection, students will have 7 minutes to prepare, perform and record their presentation. (Prep time does not need to be filmed for either Extemp or Impromptu.)


We are using the honor system here. We are confident that our community will maintain the highest ethical standards in these difficult circumstances. We are providing a 28 hour period so there is plenty of time to deal with any technical challenges that may arise. The video url must be provided (by way of registration) before the close of the 28 hour period. 


The 1 provided video will be judged in preliminary rounds 1 and 2, and then again in Finals if that student advances.



While we hope these LP rules will be compliant with various national standards, it is not yet clear what those standards will be. The WKU limited prep coaches believe these are the fairest rules for asynchronous conditions. We trust competitors to be ethical. We also feel one video is sufficient for competition, as the act of recording and uploading 3 different videos for a single competition is an unfair and unique burden on LP students. 


Even if national standards are clarified after the release of this invitation, resulting in legs attained at our tournament not counting for nationals, we plan to maintain our rules for this year’s tournament. Please keep this possibility in mind.


IE Judging Expectations:


Once we have all entries/videos registered, we will create the tournament on Tuesday night. All judges should expect their dance cards (links to e ballots) by Wednesday at noon. Judges are expected to watch their rounds, provide feedback and rankings. We would like for e-ballots to be returned to us as soon as possible. However, judges will have until Friday at noon to complete judging their assigned preliminary rounds. 


Saturday morning, Judges will receive their Final Round dance cards. While we would prefer e-ballots returned as soon as possible, Final round results must be returned by Sunday at noon.


We will hold semifinals if numbers necessitate it. 




The WKU Debate tournament will use the NSDA Campus Platform on Saturday  (prelim debates) and a Zoom Room Model (ZRM) on Sunday (elim debates.)  


For the ZRM day, Zoom Meeting rooms with breakout spaces will be used.  Zoom meeting rooms will be private and sent to teams with students/judges in the elim debates.  Observers will be limited, and will be required to appropriately identify themselves.  Assuming consent of the parties involved, a select number of elim debates will be livestreamed to a tournament Youtube Page.  Livestream links will be posted to an excel sheet and shared with the broader NFA LD Community.



What are the technology requirements?

NSDA Campus will require:

A computer with the Google Chrome web-browser or 

A phone with the Jitsi ios/android app

A tabroom account for every student and judge.


ZRM will require

A device that can access the internet 


What is the observer policy?

Prelim debates will not have observers.  Elim debates will have limited observers (coaches, teammates.)  Select elim debates will be livestreamed to youtube and publicly available for the community writ large to observe.  


Will teams have tournament provided squad rooms?

Yes!  Each registered school will have a tournament provided squad room accessible from tabroom.


Will the tournament include community spaces?

Yes!  NSDA Campus allows the tournament to create an unlimited number of utility spaces.  We plan to provide….



Novice - No debate experience (including High School)

JV - In your first two years of College Debate

Open - Any student eligible to debate


Lincoln-Douglas debate will follow the NFA-LD Debate rules (including both a warm room and the release of bracket prior to elimination rounds) and utilize the 2019-2020 NFA-LD debate topic. Speech times for LD will be the standard 6-3-7-3-6-6-3 with four minutes of prep time for each side. 



All debaters advancing to elimination rounds will be recognized. In the event that a full novice division does not make, a final round between the top non-advancing novice debaters will be held. Speaker awards will be given to the Top Novice speaker and to the 15 speakers in the open divisions of LD. Sweepstakes awards will be given to the top 3 schools participating in debate.




Two-party consent is required for the recording of a live debate round.  Students and Judges are allowed to clarify at any point in the round that the recording/live streaming should stop. Any violation of this rule could result in disqualification. 


Recording of IE performances is prohibited.




We are still working out a process for physical awards.


Awards will be given for the top 3 in  Debate Sweepstakes, Individual Events Sweepstakes, and Quadrathon.  


One Overall Award will be given for Overall Sweepstakes.


Quadrathon Eligibility

To be eligible, a competitor must compete in at least 4 events of any genre. (LD can count as two of the 4.) Points for this award will be earned under the same system as the team sweepstakes awards, guided by NFA rules.



For the purpose of calculating sweepstakes, a school will be awarded 3 points for each preliminary round win and five points for each elim win.  



Sweepstakes points will be earned as follows:  In preliminary rounds, all contestants will accumulate points with each rank of one worth three points, each rank of two worth two points, and each rank of three worth one point. In the event that semifinal rounds are necessary each break to semifinals will earn a school two points. In final rounds, schools will receive twelve points for a first place finish, ten points for second, eight points for third, six points for fourth, four points for fifth, and two points for sixth.



There will be 1 overall sweepstakes award given for the top school that competed in debate and individual events.




Saturday 9/26th (NSDA Campus) - Subject to change based on entry/timezone changes


9:00am  Registration opens (we recommend that each squad ask their people to gather in their own digital space and notify the tournament ASAP if anyone cannot be found)


10:00am Round 1 preset 


11:30am Round 2 preset


12:30pm Lunch Break


1:30pm Round 3


3:15pm Round 4


5:00pm Round 5


6:45pm Round 6


Sunday 9/27th (ZRM)

9 Registration - Confirm 

10:00am Doubles

12 Octos

2 Quarters

4 Semis

6 Finals




Please note teams will be sent a fee sheet on Wednesday prior to the start of the tournament.  At this time, we are only able to accept checks. Please make checks payable to: 


Attn: WKU Forensics

1906 College Heights Blvd

Bowling Green KY 42101


If you have any questions or concerns, email ganer.newman@wku.edu


Manager contact information

Ganer Newman

Email address: ganer.newman@wku.edu

Phone number: 270 745 6340

Mailing address

1906 College Heights Blvd.


Bowling Green, KY 42101-1084





Extemp Question Choices: 


Should the US government provide relocation assistance to American communities threatened by climate change?

Will the COVID-19 pandemic lead to lasting changes in US public health policy?

How can the risk of an indecisive election in the United States this November be mitigated?

Will the United States need Congress to pass a Judiciary Reform Act in 2021?

How best can the federal government address the failings of law enforcement in the United States?

Does the US need to change its strategy for using fiscal policy to respond to economic crises?




Impromptu Quotation Choices:

I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face they are still together.

- Warsan Shire

We can lie in the language of dress or try to tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent.

- Alison Lurie

The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.

- Edward R. Murrow

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.

- Toni Morrison

It takes courage to speak up against complacency and injustice while others remain silent. But that’s what leadership is.

- Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Some people go through a forest and see no firewood.

- English Proverb







Manager contact information

Ganer Lee Newman, IV
Email address: ganer.newman@wku.edu
Phone number: 270-745-6340

Mailing address

WKU Forensics
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51084
Bowling Green, KY 42101

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