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Richard Ernst Invitational (CANCELED)

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General information

This is a College tournament in Virginia.

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Dear Forensic Friends & Colleagues,

On behalf of Northern Virginia Community College, the NOVA Forensics Team is delighted to invite you and your team to safely compete in a synchronous online tournament experience on Saturday October 10th, 2020.  Please click above where it says Tournament Schedule to review the times of the rounds.   All of the rounds are Eastern Standard Time.   We tried to create a schedule that would accomodate our friends in other time zones who would like to compete. 


This tournament will be unlike any other we have ever had! This is our 10th year hosting a tournament and our goal is to make the experience wonderful for you and your team! We are also excited to partner with the Southern Northern Atlantic Forensics Union (SNAFU) for the first half of the swing! Registration, E-Ballots and Tabulation will occur right here on Speechwire.  The actual synchronous competition video rounds will be housed on Yaatly! Please note, you will need to use Google Chrome for Yaatly. 


Our tournament is an individual events only tournament for all 11 AFA sanctioned events!


Now (more than ever) we feel that we need forensic competition so students have a way to vocalize their thoughts and ideas. We are happy to work to create such a space for your students. Please know, we will do our best to uphold all the standards that represent the best of this activity! Please review this invitation and let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to hosting you!



Nathan Carter, DOF

Northern Virginia Community College nacarter@nvcc.edu (703) 845-6573






1.  Entry Deadline is Wednesday October 7th, 2020 @ 5:00 PM (EST)

2.  Schools may enter an unlimited number of contestants per event.

3.  If the entry is so large that the school cannot fulfill judging obligations, we reserve the right to slate rounds to use all judges.

4.  Students can enter up to 3 events per pattern. Two duos count as two events entered.

5   Pattern A: Extemp, Drama, Persuasive, ADS, Prose.  

6.  Pattern B: Impromptu, Duo, POI, Poetry, CA Informative



How Do I Use Speechwire for Registration, Postings, and E-Ballots?

1. Entry fees are $10 per entry.

2.  Uncovered Slots are $15 per entry. Drop/change fees are in place after the entry deadline. 

3.  One judge covers 8 Slots

4.  The drop fee is the original entry fee plus a $10 penalty per change/drop. 

5. A dropped judge or no-show judge incurs a flat rate $150 penalty 

6.  Checks can be made to NVCC Educational Foundation.

7.  I will email the appropriate mailing address after the registration deadline. In addition, secure credit card payments via Square will be available. Invoices will be sent promptly.




1. This tournament will use E-BALLOTS via live.speechwire.com

2.  Your judges will need email accounts in order to access the postings and their ballots to judge a round 

3.  Your students will also need to register their emails with live.speechwire.com so they can have access to postings and the secure links to Yaatly to enter their rounds.

4.    Please follow the Speechwire instructions when registering and let me know if you have questions. 




1.  This tournament will utilize Yaatly as the online video platform for hosting rounds

2.  Please make sure your team has a Yaatly account and each member of your team is registered as members of your team on Yaatly

3.  If you need assistance please email me and I will assist you to make sure your have followed all the steps for a succesful tournament experience.  


OtSher Tournament Information and Details



1. All finalists per event and top four in Quadrathon earn awards.

2.  In addition, we will recognize the top novice per each event!

3. For team sweepstakes we will have large entry and small entry awards for the top three schools.

4.  Awards will be mailed to the address entered in the Speechwire at no charge

5.  Events with 50 or more entries will have a semi-final round. In the event that semi-finals are needed, we will provide an updated schedule.

6. We will use AFA style tabulation rules for all IE events.

7. Students entered in four or more events are eligible for Quadrathon Individual I.E. Sweepstakes.

8.  Students may not use material (cuttings, programs, topics, speeches, etc.) he/she/they previously performed in other forensic competitions (high school or college level).

9.  We will use AFA-style rules for all events.

10. The unlawful recording of a live round via screen capture or other means is verboten.  Please do not record live rounds.  

11.  Links to the Yaatly rounds are reserved for those competing at the tournament and will not be made available to the public

12.  We uphold AFA-NST's recent guidance on online tournament practices specifically we:

a. Restrict competitors to the use of a single camera and single microphone during a performance. 

b. Prohibit physical audiences from being present during a performance              

c. Prohibit competitors in Duo from competing together in the same physical space.

d. Promote editing practices that allow for simulation of a face-to-face environment (such as the use of visual aids and content warnings) while discouraging editing practices that would not be possible in a face-to-face environment (such as motion, video transitions, or audio manipulation)

          e.  Programs are discouraged from entering students in more than two tournaments that count for qualification legs during a single week (Monday-Sunday).







Manager contact information

Nathan Carter
Email address: nacarter@nvcc.edu
Phone number: 703-845-6573

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