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UW-Whitewater Edna Sorber Tournament

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Limited Prep Prompts Released! Prompts have also been emailed to all attending coaches as of Noon CST 11/28/2020.


[choose 1, only 1 video submission], don’t record prep


Domestic - Democrats win both Georgia Senate seats. Does Stephen Breyer retire from the Supreme Court at the end of this session?

International - How should the Biden administration approach the conflict between Tigray and the Ethiopian government?

Econ - How will the ongoing pandemic affect the United States housing market over the next 4-6 months?



[choose 1], please also record prep in your recording


If someone says, "Do you want a fish fry?” there is only one answer and that answer is, "Perch or walleye?"

-Charlie Berens


There’s one occasion I can think of when camo is inappropriate, and that’s at a funeral for a duck. That is the last pattern the duck had seen.

-Charlie Berens



**This year we will be hosting the tournament asynchronously**  



The forensics team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is pleased to invite you to the ASYNCHRONOUS 2020 Edna Sorber Tournament.

Rounds will take place via SpeechWire on November 29-December 4, 2020. Awards will be announced via live stream on Friday, December 4 at 7pm CST.


This longtime tournament honors the past efforts of Dr. Edna Sorber, the former forensics director at UW-Whitewater who brought the 1967 Pi Kappa Delta National Convention to the UW-Whitewater campus.


Enclosed in this invitation are additional details including registration deadlines, tournament schedule, etc. 


We look forward to seeing you virtually in December!




Kevin Hill & Brian Schanen, Co-Directors of Forensics, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Kevin: HillKA28@uww.edu, 630-624-6740 (cell)

Brian: SchanenBH13@uww.edu, 262-689-2335 (cell)




Saturday November 28 12pm CST - Extemp and Impromptu prompts emailed to all entries in limited prep events

Sunday November 29 5pm CST - Entries and corresponding videos due to Speechwire

Monday November 30 5pm CST - ALL Preliminary round ballots released via Speechwire

Wednesday December 2 5pm CST - Preliminary ballot rankings DUE

Wednesday December 2 8pm CST - Semi-Final ballots released (if needed) otherwise FINALS POSTINGS, Ballots released

[only used if Semi-finals needed] Thursday December 4 5pm CST - semi-final ballots due with remaining finals posted and released at 7pm CST

Friday December 4 7pm CST - Finals ballots DUE

Friday December 4 8pm CST - Awards Facebook Live Stream




Please register for the tournament and submit video links via SpeechWire no later then SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29 5pm CST.

Students may enter up to 5 events TOTAL. Students may enter two duos (with different partners) but this will count as two events.

There are no limits on the number of entries a team can enter in any event, but teams entering large numbers in certain events may anticipate “competing” against teammates in preliminary rounds.

Please denote your novices when registering. We will recognize the top novice in each category at awards. Novices are defined as anyone in their first year (2 semesters) of collegiate competition.



Rule modifications for the tournament will follow recommendations made by the AFA-NST

  • All materials in competition shall not have been used by the student in interscholastic competition prior to September 1, 2020
  • It should be noted high school students or first year collegiate speech students are not permitted to reuse literature from high school.
  • There shall be no in-person audiences
  • Duo partners must perform from seperate rooms
  • Tapings shall be single camera with a singular mic
  • Editing shall only be used for the purpose of adding visual aid(s)


$5/entry. One quality judge covers six slots.

There is a $10.00 fee for every uncovered entry.

$50 for ”no-show” judge/un-judged round fee.

Fees are assessed at registration close on Sunday, November 29th, at 5pm cst.


Payment can be done either via check or Square. Please let us know (HillKA28@uww.edu) if you would like to use square, and we will send you the invoice that way.


Please make checks out to UW-Whitewater Forensics and mail to address below:

UW-W Forensics

℅ Brian Schanen

800 W. Main St.

424 Heide Hall

Whitewater, WI 53190


Unique Video Submission

We will ask that each video performance has not been/is not entered into another asynchronous tournament on a different weekend.


We ask that all video submission links be hosted via YouTube or Kaltura links. Set the video to “unlisted” for the duration of the tournament. Following judging, we want teams to have control over the visibility of the performances, so students may turn the videos to “private” after the awards ceremony on Friday.


Content Warnings

If a student’s performance includes sensitive topic areas they anticipate may be triggering for audience members or judges, we ask you to enter those topics into the content warning space on Speechwire at the time you submit your entries.

We understand the unique challenge posed by limited preparation in the virtual environment. We will be using the honor system for extemporaneous and impromptu prep.

Prompts will be released at 12:00pm Central time on Saturday 28, 2020, and video links are due by registration close on the 29th. Extemp prep DOES NOT need to be included in the recording. However we ask that you DO include the prep period for impromptu speeches.


Students will be allowed to choose from an economic, international or domestic related question


Traditional quotations



Awards will be e-mailed to the coach's email address listed on your SpeechWire Account, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure this is up to date!

Awards for the following will be sent:

  • All event finalists
  • The top five individuals overall
  • The top five schools accumulating the greatest number of combined points from all of their final rounds combined. Points will be earned as followed:


Final Round: 1st (12 pts), 2nd (10 pts), 3rd (8 pts.), 4th (6 pts), 5th (4 pts), 6th (2 pts), remaining finalists 1 pt. Each.

Semifinal Round, if needed: 1 pt. for each non-advancing semifinalist. 

Semifinals will be held in events with greater than 60 entries (this amount may vary based on tournament director’s discretion).

Novices: Please denote your novices when registering. We will recognize the top novice in each event at awards. Novices are defined as anyone in their first year of collegiate competition.



Students are entered into individual sweepstakes regardless of the number of events entered or the categories entered. The top five individual speakers (based on total points earned in final rounds combined) will be honored at the awards ceremony.

Tiebreakers: 1) Highest total points, 2) Highest number of 1st-place awards in finals, 2nd-place, etc., 3) Highest total of events advancing to finals.



If teams are tied after calculating total team points, team tie-breakers will run as follows: 1) Highest total points, 2) Number of firsts in finals, 3) Number of finals


Host Information

UW-W Student Competitors

The UW-Whitewater forensic team intends to enter UWW students in the tournament. The unusual nature of this year means we do not have established norms and customs surrounding asynchronous tournaments. If you have concerns about the ethics of our students competing in the tournament, we will happily talk through the concerns. We want to abide by ethical considerations, and we are grateful for your conversation!

UWW students will not be entered to the individual or team sweepstakes.

Hired Judges

The hired judge pool will consist primarily of forensics alums and friends of the program.

Manager contact information

Brian Schanen
Email address: SchanenBH13@uww.edu
Phone number: 262-689-2335

Mailing address

UW-Whitewater, c/o Brian Schanen
Heide Hall 424, 180 N Prairie St, Whitewater, WI 53190
Whitewater, WI 53190

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