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OATS 1 (Online Asynchronous Tournament Series)

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Hello Friends,

The 2020-2021 online season has presented new challenges to the forensic community. We recognize synchronous tournaments present many incredible learning opportunities, but for many people synchronous tournaments present unfair barriers to accessibility. Students across the United States have called for more asynchronous competition opportunities, and we need to honor the courageous students calling for more equitable practices in our activity. Therefore, in the spirit of inclusivity, the Southwest Minnesota State University Forensics Team is pleased to invite you the Online Asynchronous Tournament Series we are affectionately calling The OATS!

This multi-tournament series will run for the duration of the 2020-2021 season. The dates for video submission for the OATS include:
Mon, Dec 7   
Mon, Dec 14   
Mon, Jan 11    
Mon, Jan 25    
Mon, Feb 8    
Mon, Feb 22    
Mon, Mar 1
Each tournament will run Monday-Friday of the tournament week.

TL:DR Details
-Tournaments will be fully asynchronous, including finals
-Entries and video links are due to Speechwire on Monday @ 8 p.m. CST
-Content warnings are encouraged to give adequate warning to judges/competitors
-No late adds are allowed
-OATS tournaments will utilize an honor system for judges and competitors
-Preliminary rounds will be judged from Tuesday through Thursday @ 4 p.m. CST; Final rounds will be judged from Thursday p.m. through Friday @ 2 p.m. CST
-Postings will go live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. CST (or ASAP depending on ballot completion)
-All 11 categories will be offered per released AFA guidelines
-The $200 Series Fee pays for all “covered-slot” entries for all OATS tournaments
-Uncovered slots will incur an additional $5 fee
-Payments accepted by Venmo, PayPal, or by check

Full information about competition and fees are listed below. If you have questions feel free to contact Julie Walker by phone (call or text 706-844-2773) or email (julie.walker@smsu.edu).


Julie Walker                  
Southwest Minnesota State University       
Assistant Director of Forensics        
Series Tournament Co-Director      

Ben Walker                  
Southwest Minnesota State University       
Director of Forensics        
Series Tournament Co-Director     


Manager contact information

Julie Walker
Email address: julie.walker@smsu.edu
Phone number: 706-844-2773

Mailing address

1501 State Street
for Venmo, @bfulworldlvr (that's Julie); for PayPal, benjamin.michael.walker@gmail.com

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