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Byron Holiday Classic

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This is a High School tournament in Illinois.

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Well, we're here... pandemics & speech meets... Sounds like a prompt for improvisational duet acting.  

We're "excited" to invite you to the Byron Holiday Classic held throughout the greater Northern Illinois region!  Right in your own bedroom, classroom, den, but hopefully not bathroom. (I'm sure the lighting really flatters, but no.)

As of today, or the day you read this, we are going to attempt a hybrid tournament with asynchronous prelims and live, or synchronous finals.  We're all new to this so we're working with our friends and neighbors at Freeport, Rochelle, and DeKalb to ramp up the tournaments as we go and bring all our friends along with us!

With that said, obviously the details need to be worked out as we move forward.  I promise that we will be laying out the guidelines for prep events and duets as we go.  As of right now, we want to see how other tournaments are handling things and see what works best for the kids. 

DATE:                     Saturday, December 19th, 2020

FORMAT:              All Preliminary Rounds will be Asynchronous. Final Rounds will be live/Synchronous Rounds.

STRUCTURE:         We are currently planning to have 3 preliminary rounds (each single-judged on either Friday 12/18 or early on Saturday 12/19), and a final round that will be judged on Saturday morning after prelims are finished up (a set time will be created). Final rounds will have three judges for Varsity finals, and one judge for novice and/or next-in finals.

VIDEO SUBMISSION:       Coaches will upload all student performance videos to their team SpeechWire account. Make sure that all videos are set to public or unlisted so that judges will be able to access them! All videos for this tournament should be recorded between Sunday 12/13 and Thursday 12/17.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES:   Video submissions will need to be finalized by 9:00 pm on Thursday, 12/17.

ENTRY:  Feel free to enter as many speakers in each event as you like but know that the more you enter, the more likely that you will be competing against yourself (your entry fee will be based on your total number of entries).  Team sweepstakes will be determined using your top two speakers in each event.  Teams will register online using SpeechWire.

        Due to using live finals for the first time, we want no triple-enter students.   To keep things as “normal” as possible, we would ask that students entered in this tournament we ask that no competitor competes in any other synchronous or asynchronous tournament on the same day.

JUDGES: Each team is expected to provide one qualified judge for every six entries.  If you wish to bring extra entries, you will be asked to bring extra judges as well.  Hired judges may be available at a cost of $100 per judge.

Judging assignments will be done in the traditional manner via SpeechWire. If you choose to hire fewer judges and simply have each of them judge more than three preliminary rounds, that is an option available to you. But please be aware that your requirements for the final round will be the same as always, so you may want to have more judges on virtual standby for that time.

FEES:               1 – 28 entries:                 $125

                        29 – 42 entries:                $175

                        43 – 56 entries:                $225

                               57+ entries:               $275


Checks should be made payable to Byron High School.

                                Byron High School

                                Attn: Dirk Palmer

                                696 N. Colfax St.

                                Byron, IL 61010


Hope your seasons start off well and we hope to see you on December 19th.

Dirk Palmer, Angie McHale, & Rikki Knutti


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Derrick Palmer
Email address: dpalmer@byron226.org
Phone number: 8154945512

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696 N Colfax St
Byron, IL 61010

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