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District I Fall Tournament

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UPDATE: Due to the small number of entrants, events with 2 or more entries will run a single round with three judges.

Hello All,
It is my pleasure to invite you to the first ever Fall AFA NST District I Qualifier, which will be held synchronously on Saturday, December 12, 2020. If you are in AFA District I (California, Nevada, or Hawaii), I encourage you to attend this tournament as either an AFA qualifier, an NFA qualifier, or as a final tournament to cap off the Fall 2020 semester!
Please note that there are many changes regarding this year's AFA-NIET.  Thank you in advance!


Entries are due at 11:59PM on Thursday, December 10th. Some schools may have already paid their District I subscription fees for the AFA NST. If you have not, the $50 school fee will be assessed as your school fee - if you have already paid this subscription fee, let the District Chair know, and your entry fee will be waived.
In an effort to keep tournament costs to a minimum - while being able to pay for hired judges for their contributions - each slot will cost $8.00. UNCOVERED slots will cost $20.00 (to cover hired judge fees). Each judge covers 6 slots. Student drops/adds after 11:59PM on Thursday will be $8.00, and judge drops will be $20.


SCHEDULING (Updated 12/11):
We recognize that this tournament is taking place as schools enter finals week. To accommodate for this fact and the (related) small entry size, the tournament schedule has been updated. Events with 2 or more competitors will run a single prelim in front of three judges.


Prelim Slate 1: 8:15AM
Prelim Slate 2: 10:00AM
Prelim Slate 3: 12:00PM 
Awards: 2PM



We will be utilizing Speechwire's E-ballot function.  Please update your judges' info.  We will be using Speechwire for entries, scheduling, and tabulation. Also, because of the virtual nature of the tournament, please be sure that all of your students have activated Speechwire accounts and are listed in your Team Roster.


We are still having a Spring District Tournament. Auto-qualifications and legs can be earned at both tournaments. 
Title IX forms, Student Verification forms, and All-American nominations are submitted at the Spring District Tournament as usual.
District Qualification: The top three placements automatically qualify for the AFA-NST. Coaches, please make an effort to provide information about your students’ at-large quals available to the D5 Chair (David Hale, davidrockfordhale@gmail.com) prior to, during, or immediately following this Fall District tournament so that we can expedite and recognize all of students who automatically qualify for the AFA-NST at the Fall District Tournament.


2020-2021 CHANGES:
1. You only need two legs (combined total no worse than a five) to qualify for the AFA-NST.
2. The number of entries for what counts as a leg have changed-  1st: 2-3 entries, 2nd: 4-5 entries, 3rd: 6-7 entries, 4th 8-9 entries; 5th: 9-11 entries, and 6th: 12 or more entries.
3. The 2021 AFA-NST will be online.
4. Any tournament - synchronous or asynchronous - can be submitted for legs, regardless of prior rules. 
5. 5th year seniors who lost their final AFA-NST in 2020 may compete at the 2021 AFA-NST- but only in the events they qualified for the 2020 nationals and only if they are still an undergrad.


In order to count for qualification legs, tournaments that are held virtually under the NST Health and Safety provision must:
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 (virtual audiences through the videoconferencing platform are welcome.)
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)


Even if your team is not planning on attending the AFA-NIET, I encourage you to attend and support the district, or even just to get in one last competition before the break. For those of you who are NFA-only, remember you can earn NFA qualifications at the District tournament. It can be a challenge to get enough schools for our District tournament, so all schools in District I are welcome, and I encourage you to please make every effort to send students.


David Hale, Chair
AFA District I


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Paxton Attridge
Email address: pattridg@asu.edu
Phone number: 6262305430

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