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Ohio University - 1804 Tournament and Ohio Novice State

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This is a College tournament in Ohio.

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Dear Colleagues:


The Ohio University Speech and Debate team in conjunction with the Ohio Forensic Association cordially invites you to the 2021 Ohio University 1804 Tournament on January 29th and January 30th 2021. In addition, Sunday, January 31st, the Ohio University Speech and Debate Alumni will be hosting a tournament. These tournaments will be hosted virtually via the Yaatly Platform. The OU Tournament will not charge entry fees. 

On Saturday, the tournament will offer Open and Novice in all NFA IEs.  The tournament offers two rounds and finals in all Open IE divisions and Novice divisions (for Ohio competitors only).

On top of all of that, we will be concurrently hosting the Ohio Forensics Association Novice State Championships on Friday and Saturday.  OFA Novice will be hosted asynchronously except for Novice IPDA Debate.  

On Sunday, the Ohio University Speech and Debate Alumni will be hosting an additional tournament.

You will find all of the necessary tournament information enclosed in this invitation, including a tournament schedule, event rules, and entry information. We wish we could see you face to face in lovely Athens, Ohio.

If you have questions regarding the tournament, please contact Jennifer Talbert at 216.410.0041 (cell) or email jtalbert@ohio.edu. 


Very sincerely,


Jennifer Talbert                                               Kurt Imhoff                                      Logan Spence                               

John A. Cassese Director of Forensic             Assistant Director                           Assistant Director                         

Ohio University                               


(o) 740.593.9962

(c) 216.410.0041 (Please do not hesitate to text me)





Tournament Information

Events:  NFA event rules apply for all individual events. Due to the fact that we are not charging fees, we are placing a cap of 6 entries per event.  Individuals may enter no more than three events in each pattern.  Students who are entered in more than one event in any pattern are responsible for checking in with their judge prior to the start of each round.  Judges will not wait for contestants longer than the scheduled times.  The following individual events will be offered:

             Pattern A                                                Pattern B

             Extemporaneous Speaking                      Impromptu Speaking                              

             Persuasive Speaking                                Informative Speaking                

             Duo Interpretation                                   Prose Interpretation                                

             Programmed Oral Interpretation             Poetry Interpretation                 

             Dramatic Interpretation                           After Dinner Speaking                                               

             Rhetorical Criticism                                                    

Entry Deadline:  The deadline for all entries will be Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Late adds and drops will incur a $10 per change fee. Drops on the day of the tournament will be assessed as $25/slot. 

Judges:  Each school is required to provide one judge for every six individual events entries.  Judges cannot cover entries for both the IIET and the OFA tournaments.  Please attempt to cover your judging obligation; we would rather have your judges than your money.  Dropped judges the day of the tournament will incur a $100 nuisance charge in addition to uncovered judging fees. 

Fees:  Entry fees are free for both halves of the tournament. Uncovered fees are $10 per uncovered slot. Schools MUST cover their Debate entry. 

Awards:  Certificates will be awarded to all finalists in all events. Sweepstakes Awards will be awarded to the top three Open Entry Schools.  Individual Sweepstakes awards will also be announced for the top competitors entered in four or more events. Sweepstakes will be based on points from the final rounds for Individual Events and out rounds of Debate for 1st half of tournament. Sweepstakes for the Alumni Tournament (2nd) half will be calculated based on only Individual Events Final Rounds. To be eligible for overall sweepstakes, a school does not have to compete in the debate portion of the tournament.

The top six speakers at the tournament will receive the following points:

1st = 12 2nd = 10 3rd = 8 4th = 6 5th = 4 6th = 2

Entries:  Please register for the tournament at speechwire.com.  If you have not used this site before, you will need to create an account before you will be able to register.  You will need to register for each tournament separately.



IMPORTANT! – How to use Speechwire for e-ballots

An account will be set up by the tournament director! 

1. Go to live.speechwire.com

2. Log in with your email and password

3. See your e-ballots on that page once they are released

4. Click an e-ballot and click start when the round has begun

IMPORTANT! – How to use the Yaatly platform

1. Navigate your browser (use ONLY Google Chrome) to app.yaatly.com. You will be sent an event invitation URL to this end as well.

2. Set up your team’s organization. This is typically done by the DOF/Head Coach.

3. Add members (coaches, students) to your Organization by using the "Invite Members" button.  Accepting the emailed invitation will automatically make those coaches & students members of your organization.

4. When you accept tournament invitations (emailed by those tournaments' organizers) or when you create your own event, those events will appear on your organization's home page under "Events”. 

***Language above was borrowed from SNAFU invitations.*** 

IMPORTANT! - Student Privacy and Safety

No participant in this tournament, in any event, may record anyone without their consent. We expect that every participant, regardless of location, will abide by the principles of two party consent.

Students have the right to request that they do not have observers in their round. If a student is uncomfortable asking their judge to dismiss observers then they may contact Jennifer Talbert who will make the request to the judge on their behalf.



2021 Ohio University IIET & OFA Novice Championship Tournament         


Friday, January 29, 2021 (EST)

Noon                              Registration for IPDA Debate

12:30 pm                       Topic Draw - IPDA

1:00 pm                         Round I IPDA

 1:45 pm                        Topic Draw - IPDA      

 2:15 pm                        Round II IPDA

 3:00 pm                        Topic Draw - IPDA

 3:30 pm                        Round III IPDA

 4:15 pm                        Topic Draw – IPDA

 4:45 pm                        Round IV – IPDA

 5:45 pm                        Topic Draw - IPDA

 6:15 pm                        Elims for IPDA  (# depending on entries)

ASAP                            Awards                         

Saturday, January 30, 2021 (EST)

  8:30 – 9:00 am             Registration for IE’s

  9:00                              Extemp

  9:30 – 10:45 am           Round I Pattern A

10:45 -- 12:00 pm          Round I Pattern B

12:30                              Extemp

1:00 – 2:15 pm              Round II Pattern A

 2:15 – 3:30 pm             Round II Pattern B

  3:45                              Extemp

  4:15 –5:45 pm             Finals Pattern A

  6:00 – 7:45 pm            Finals Pattern B 

  ASAP                          Awards Ceremony

Sunday, January 31, 2021 - Ohio University Alumni Tournament

8:30 – 9:00 am              Registration for IE’s

  9:00                              Extemp

  9:30 – 10:45 am           Round I Pattern A

10:45 -- 12:00 pm          Round I Pattern B

12:30                              Extemp

1:00 – 2:15 pm              Round II Pattern A

 2:15 – 3:30 pm             Round II Pattern B

  3:45                              Extemp

  4:15 –5:45 pm             Finals Pattern A

  6:00 – 7:45 pm            Finals Pattern B 

  ASAP                          Awards Ceremony

Manager contact information

Jennifer L Talbert
Email address: jtalbert@ohio.edu
Phone number: 2164100041

Mailing address

1 Ohio University Drive
School of Communication Studies
Athens, OH 45701

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