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Harvest Festival 2018 – Woodhall School



The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and its alumni would like to invite you the Harvest Festival Swing to be held synchronously online on  November 6th and 7th (Friday and Saturday),  2020 for a weekend of educational and competitive fun.

The theme of the tournament will pull from the TV show Parks & Rec, with special attention to season 3’s Harvest Festival story arc.  We may not have funnel cakes or corn mazes, themed impromptu quotations.  We have not heard whether Larry Bird’s Aunt Tilda will be able to make it Jitsi in for awards, but our fingers are crossed.

Friday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be hosting a 2/1 IE tournament, and Saturday the UNL Alumni will be hosting a 2/1 IE tournament. Please note the differences in schedules for Friday and Saturday.  Friday will not be flighted and students are limited to a max of 3 events total.   Saturday the tournament is flighted and students may have 3 events per flight.

All information and Registration can be found on www.speechwire.com.  We will be using Jitsi for the synchronous streaming of all rounds.  Visit https://jitsi.org/ to get started.

For more information please contact University of Nebraska Lincoln Director of Speech and Debate Aaron Duncan aduncan3@unl.edu 402-450-7830 or Director of Speech Allison Bonander, (402) 690-8152, allisonbonander@unl.edu 

We hope to see you for great tournament.


  1. Entry fees are $5 per event slot.
  2. Entries should be submitted through speechwire.com no later than 5 p.m. CST Tuesday, October 27th
  3. Please provide a qualified judge for every six events. Hired judges are available at $10 per uncovered slot on Friday and $15 per uncovered slot on Saturday .
  4. Any entries dropped after Wednesday at 12pm will be assessed the original entry fee plus an additional $10 penalty.
  5. Any judges dropped after Wednesday at 12pm will each be assessed a $50 fee. These fees are in addition to the stated uncovered slot fees.
  6.  Finalized fee sheets from SpeechWire for both tournaments will be emailed directly to head coaches on Monday, November 9th, along with payment information about how to make out checks.
  7. Payments are due in the form of mailed checks no later than three weeks after final fee sheets are submitted (unless other payment arrangements have been approved prior).


Make Checks Payable to:

UNL Forensics

Please send all checks to:

Aaron Duncan

Director of Speech & Debate

375 Pound Hall

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Lincoln, NE 68588-0329



  1. Both tournaments will offer 2 rounds of preliminary competition and a final round.
  2. We will recognize the finalists in each event, the top three individual sweeps winners, and the top three schools at each tournament.  Please note we will not be giving physical awards and this is why we have lowered the per slot fee for the tournament to $5.
  3. The top overall speaker for both halves and the top overall team for both halves will be recognized on Saturday.
  4. We will use AFA-style rules and tabulation.
  5. Recording of performances is prohibited.
  6. Should the need arise we reserve the right to institute entry caps and to put students of the same team in the same section in order to make their team judges usable



The tournaments will both run in accordance with recent AFA-NST changes for the 2020-2021 competitive season. Of particular note, please understand that:

  1. Participants may use only a single microphone and camera while competing.
  2. Live, in-person audiences are not permitted.
  3. Participants competing in duo interpretation must compete in separate locations and are not permitted to be on the same screen as their partner.
  4. Material (e.g., scripts, topics, programs) cannot have been run by a competitor prior to September 1, 2020.
  5. All other relevant AFA-NST legislation for regular-season qualifying tournaments will guide the tournaments’ policies.

Judges Code of Ethics:

We believe it is important to create a positive educational environment for all students participating at the tournament.  Any judge found to be making comments on ballots that are deemed to be racist, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory by the tournament director will be removed from the judging pool immediately.  It is also our expectation that all judges make supportive comments and do use not use overly penal speaker points.  If judges are found to be engaging in those behaviors, they will be asked to change immediately or be removed from the judging pool.  Any schools that have judges removed from the pool will be charged for uncovered slot fees.

Individual Events:

  • -No student may enter more than three (3) events per flight on Saturday and no more than three (3) events total on Friday.
  • -Finalists will advance based on lowest cumulative rank, then highest cumulative rating points, then highest reciprocal.
  • -First place will be awarded to the competitor with the lowest cumulative rank.  Ties in finals will be broken first on predominance of 1’s, second judge’s preference, and finally rating points.  Ties in team points and individual sweepstakes will be broken on numbers of finals followed by number of 1, 2, 3’s.  Individual sweepstakes is open to any competitor who has three or more events.
  • -All rules for the 11 AFA events should follow the “AFA-NIET Description of Events” found at http://www.mnsu.edu/cmst/niet/eventdescriptions-new09-10.htm

Tournament Jitsi Room Information

We will send out an information packet the week of the tournament with information regarding important Jitsi rooms.

Sweepstakes Formula:

IE Preliminary Rounds – 1st  - 3, 2nd - 2, 3rd - 1.

IE Finalists 1st -12, 2nd - 10, 3rd - 8, 4th - 6, 5th - 4, 6th - 2.

IE Non-advancing Semifinalists - 1.


Day 1 Host

Allison R. Bonander, Ph.D.

Director of Speech

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

(402) 690-8152 cell




Day 2 Host

Aaron M Duncan, PhD

Associate Professor of Practice

Director of Speech & Debate

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Communication Studies

375 Pound, UNL, 68588-0329


Tournament Information

We will offer all eleven AFA individual events on both days.


Friday Schedule

Registration 3:00pm

3:30pm Extemp Draw

4:00pm Round 1(all events – limit 3 events per student)

5:15pm Extemp draw

5:30pm Round 2 (all events – limit 3 events per student)

6:45pm Extemp Draw

7:00pm/ASAP Finals (all events – limit 3 events per student)


Saturday Schedule

  8:00    Registration

  8:30    Extemp Draw

  9:00    Round 1A (Duo, CA, Extemp, Info, POI, Prose)

10:15    Round 1B (ADS, DI, Impromptu, Persuasion, Poetry)

11:30    Lunch

12:00    Extemp Draw

12:15    Round 2A

  1:30    Round 2B

  3:00    Extemp Draw

  3:15    Finals A          

  4:45    Finals B

ASAP   Awards



Manager contact information

Aaron Duncan
Email address: aduncan3@unl.edu
Phone number: 4027092361

Mailing address

375 Pound Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588

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