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Southern and Northern Atlantic Forensics Union

The Southern and Northern Atlantic Forensic Union (SNAFU) cordially invites you and your students to attend all of the 2020 - 2021 SNAFU Season Tournaments. For the 2020- 2021 season, ALL SNAFU tournaments will be virtual! SNAFU tournaments are part of swings either with the host school or as an all SNAFU swing; both tournaments will take place virtually.  At all tournaments we will offer all 11 AFA events at both halves of the swing, as well as IPDA Debate.  In addition, we will offer a novice breakout round in an event if the entries are warranted at SNAFUs 1-4, at the tournament director’s discretion. The entry for all tournaments will be due by Wednesday before the tournaments by 5:00pm eastern time. What follows is information that should make your trip to the swings easier to plan:


2020 -2021 Season:

October 11                  SNAFU 1 co-hosted by Northern Virginia Comm. College

October 25                  SNAFU 2 co-hosted by Seton Hall University

November 14 -15        SNAFU 3 & 4 Charity Balls hosted by SNAFU

January 24                  SNAFU 5 co-hosted by UNC Charlotte

February 28                SNAFU 6 co-hosted by Cornell University


If you have any questions about this invitation, please contact Trent Webb by email at 929-475-2115 or Trent.Webb@ncc.edu


Read through this email to find out how to accept or reject the invitation, submit your entries online, and learn more about the tournament from the manager.


IMPORTANT! - How to submit entries for your team

All SNAFU tournaments will use Speechwire for registration!


1. In your preferred web browser, go to http://www.SpeechWire.com and click on the 'Your account' tab at the very top of the screen.

2. Log in with your email address and account password. If you have forgotten your password, click the 'Forgot password?' button. If there is a new head coach this year, please email accounts@speechwire.com to get the email address on the head coach account changed.

3. Click the 'Tournament registration' icon and then click on the SNAFU tournament for which you’d like to submit your entries.

If you have trouble registering, please email SpeechWire account support at accounts@speechwire.com for assistance.


IMPORTANT! – How to use Speechwire for e-ballots

An account will be set up by the tournament director!


1. Go to live.speechwire.com

2. Log in with your email and password

3. See your e-ballots on that page once they are released

4. Click an e-ballot and click start when the round has begun

IMPORTANT! – How to use the Yaatly platform


1. Navigate your browser (use ONLY Google Chrome) to app.yaatly.com. You will be sent an event invitation URL to this end as well.


2. Set up your team’s organization. This is typically done by the DOF/Head Coach.


3. Add members (coaches, students) to your Organization by using the "Invite Members" button.  Accepting the emailed invitation will automatically make those coaches & students members of your organization.


4. When you accept tournament invitations (emailed by those tournaments' organizers) or when you create your own event, those events will appear on your organization's home page under "Events”.



Please read the following message from the tournament manager:


Membership fees:  $300.00 covers entry into all SNAFU tournaments; swing partner fees are separate; any uncovered slot judging fees are in addition to entry fees as outlined later in this invitation.


Sweepstakes points:  we will follow the awarding of sweepstakes points laid out by the AFA-NIET.  6 points for 1st place, 5 points for 2nd place, 4 points for 3rd place, 3 points for 4th place, 2 points for 5th place, 1 point for 6th place and any remaining place after that.



8:00am - 8:30am    Registration

8:30am            Extemp Draw/IPDA Draw

9:00am            IA (Extemp/POI/Duo/Per/Informative/Pro) and Debate 1

10:00am          IPDA Draw

10:15am          IB (Impromptu/DI/ADS/CA/Poetry) and Debate 2

12:00pm          Extemp Draw/IPDA Draw

12:30pm          IA and Debate 3

1:30pm            IPDA Draw

1:45pm            IIB and Debate 4

3:15pm            Extemp Draw/IPDA Draw

3:30pm            Finals A (IPDA Semifinals at 3:45pm)

4:30pm            IPDA Draw

4:45pm            Finals B (IPDA Finals at 5:00pm)

6:30pm            Awards









PLEASE NOTE that swing partners MAY have different rules from the SNAFU half of the swing.  Please see the separate invitation from the host school for details on their tournament.  For SNAFU tournaments:

1. Teams are limited to 6 entries per event.

2. Students may enter a maximum of 3 events per bracket; 2 duos count as 2 events. DEBATERS MAY ENTER ONE INDIVIDUAL EVENT IN EACH BRACKET AND MAY NOT ENTER EXTEMP.

3. The deadline for entry is the Wednesday before the tournament at 5pm eastern time.

4. Entry fees are $8 per event slot for nonmember schools.

5. Please provide a qualified judge for every eight IE slots and every 2 IPDA slots.

6. Hired judges are available at $10 per uncovered slot.

7. Drop fees are original entry fee plus $10 penalty after entry deadline plus $20 if on Saturday or Sunday.

8. Dropped judges after the entry deadline will each be assessed a $100 fee in addition to standard judge fees.

9. To register for the SNAFU portion, please go to www.speechwire.com and request a password to submit your entry. You should receive by email your password information and can then enter your students and judges at the Speechwire website. You will receive a confirmation email detailing your entry in the evening after the entry deadline. Please be sure to check the entry you submitted and immediately correct any errors directly at the Speechwire website.




1. The SNAFU tournament will offer 2 rounds of preliminary competition and a final round.

2. Any event with more than 50 entries competing in both preliminary rounds will feature a semifinal round.

3. We will offer an award for the top six entries in each individual event (two awards for duos).

4. The top three individual sweeps winners will each receive an award (students must be entered in four events to be eligible).

5. The top three schools will each receive an award.

6. We will use AFA-style rules and tabulation.


We hope you will join us for what will surely be a fun and competitive event! See you in October and beyond!




The SNAFU Board



Manager contact information

Nathan Carter
Email address: nacarter@nvcc.edu
Phone number: 703-826-1010

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