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Kansas In Nebraska


The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Kansas State University would like to invite you the Kansas in Nebraska Swing. The first half will be held asynchronously January 19-24th  and the second half will be held synchronously online on Saturday January 23rd, 2021.

Kansas State University will be hosting an asynchronous 2/1 IE tournament.  For more information, please contact the K-State Director of Forensics Craig Brown craigb@ksu.edu 785-313-2377 or ADOF Darren Epping depping@ksu.edu 402-309-4641.

Saturday, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be hosting a 2/1 IE tournamentSaturday will not be flighted and students are limited to a max of 3 events total.   

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 a  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, January  19th.    
  3. Please provide a qualified judge for every six events. Hired judges are available at  $10 per uncovered.
  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, 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).


Checks for the K-State Asynchronous tournament should be made to:

KSU Communication Studies Department


Please send those checks to:

Craig Brown

Director of Forensics

Communication Studies, Nichols Hall 227A

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS 66506




Saturday Tournament 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 that on Saturday, UNL will not be giving physical awards and this is why we have lowered the per slot fee for the tournament to $5. For the asynchronous tournament, K-State will be awarding the coffee mugs we had prepared for awards back when we had planned on hosting a tournament in the fall of 2020.
  3. The top three teams will be recognized each day.
  4. We will use AFA-style rules and tabulation.
  5. Recording of performances on Saturday tournament 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 at either tournament.  

-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-NST 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.


Asynch Hosts

Craig Brown                                              Darren Epping

Director of Forensics                            Asst. Director of Forensics

Kansas State University                       Kansas State University

Communication Studies


Saturday Host

Aaron M Duncan, PhD

Associate Professor of Practice

Director of Speech & Debate

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Communication Studies

375 Pound, UNL, 68588-0329


Allison R. Bonander, Ph.D.

Director of Speech

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

(402) 690-8152 cell



Tournament Information

We will offer all eleven AFA individual events for both tournaments.


Asynchronous Schedule (All times CST)

Tuesday, January 19: Video links must be loaded onto SpeechWire by 6:00 pm.

Wednesday, January 20-Friday, January 22 7:00 pm: Prelim performances judged.

Saturday, January 23 8:00 am-Sunday, January 24 10:00 am: Finals performances judged.

Sunday, January 24 Noon: Awards (Zoom link will be sent out)



Saturday Schedule (All times CST)

  8:30    Registration

  9:00    Extemp Draw

  9:30    Round 1

  10:45 Extemp Draw

  11:00  Round 2

  12:30  Lunch 

  12:45    Extemp Draw

  1:00    Finals  

ASAP   Awards





Manager contact information

Aaron Duncan
Email address: aduncan3@unl.edu
Phone number: 4024507830

Mailing address

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

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