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Tom Lynch Tribute Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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Dear Forensics Coaches,
The Denmark and Oshkosh West coaches and forensics teams cordially invite you to join us for the Tom Lynch Tribute Tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, 2021 held virtually.  Our teams are very excited to be hosting you this year and to welcome you to our tournament!  It should be an exciting competition for everyone involved, a last hurrah before the WFCA state tournament! 
ENTRIES:  Your top 25 varsity entries will count toward your team score with a maximum of 4 entries per category.  Additional entries are welcome.  There is no limit on the number of events a student may enter.
Students are to create one video for each category that will be used throughout the tournament.  Exceptions to this include Oral Interpretation, which will require two videos, one for Prose and one for Poetry, and Storytelling, which will need 3 videos (fable, story about finally being heard, story about undead).
Videos must be one single recording with no edits.  The videos may be hosted on Youtube, Vimeo, Google Drive, or other such sites, but it is the responsibility of the coach to ensure that the sharing settings are properly set so that the judges can view them.
Please label the video title in the following format: Student name, Category name
Video titles for Oral Interpretation should also indicate if the video is PROSE or POETRY. Please submit POETRY as the VIDEO #1 link (rounds 1 & 3) and PROSE as the VIDEO #2 link (rounds 2 & 4).
Video titles for Storytelling should indicate which of three topics is being presented.  Video titles for Special Occasion should note the occassion chosen.
Materials for Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu, and Radio Speaking,  will be emailed to coaches on the evening of March 20th.  They will also be posted on Speechwire for coaches to download directly.
Students in Impromptu are to record their combined prep and speaking time (5 minutes total time allowed). Students in Radio and Extemporaneous Speaking will not need to record prep time, just the speaking time.
3 separate rounds worth of material will be provided for the categories of Extemp. Speaking, Impromptu, and Radio Speaking. Students are to record and upload each round separately. It will also be necessary to select which of the three rounds will be used if the student makes it to the final round. The link for that video will need to be copied a second time and entered into the spot for the final round.
Students competing in Duo Interp, Group Interp, and Play Acting must record their videos as split-screen recordings.
RULES:  WFCA and NCFL rules will be followed for applicable categories along with allowances for WHSFA cross-over events. Please go over any rule changes with your students and judges prior to attending the tournament. 
Rules for all WFCA categories can be found here: https://www2.wfcaforensics.org/images/pdf/WFCA_Category_Rules_2020-21.pdf 
Accommodations for deviations between WFCA and WHSFA rules will be made.  Differences can be found here: https://www.speechwire.com/files/11240-Deviations%20between%20WFCA%20and%20WHSFA.pdf
In addition, our tournament will offer Oratorical Declamation to any freshman or sophomore students who may be competing at NCFL nationals.  Oratorical Declamation will follow the NCFL rules, which can be found here: http://ncfl.org/NCFLnew/PDFs/NCFLMasters/NCFLMasterBallot-DEC(Fall2019).pdf
JUDGES:  Each school must provide one qualified judge for every five entries or fraction thereof.  We will have a VERY limited number of judges available for hire at $150 per judge. You are responsible for the number of judges that you indicate on your original registration form, plus any adds as of Thursday morning. 
DEADLINES:  Please register entries via SpeechWire by 10:00 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.  Teams can and should manage their own changes on SpeechWire until 9:00 PM on Thursday, March 25th by which time ALL VIDEO LINKS MUST BE SUBMITTED, and entries will be locked in. Please text any changes thereafter to Dave Harper at 920-664-5278.
All finalists will receive medals.  Team awards will be presented to the top 4 teams in the large team and small team divisions.  The breakdown for each division will be determined when registration closes and will be split as evenly as possible.  A minimum of 5 entries is required to qualify for a team award.  A school’s top 25 entires will count towards the overall team score, with no more than 4 entries counted in any specific category.  Small team awards will be based on point average.
FEES:  Entry fees are $10.00 per individual entry and $15.00 for each group entry (Play Acting, Duo Interp, or Group Interp).  Fees will be based on your entries as of 9:00 PM on Thursday March 25, 2021.  There will be no late adds. Please make checks for fees payable to Oshkosh West High School Forensics 375 N. Eagle St. Oshkosh, WI 54902.
Saturday, March 20th
5:00 PM - Draw material for Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu, and Radio will be mailed out to all registered coaches and posted on Speechwire.
THURSDAY, March 25th 
9:00 PM - Registration closes - teams are responsible for all entry fees and judge obligations entered in Speechwire at that time.  Video Links are due by that time as well.  Any entries lacking a video link in Speechwire will be dropped without refund.
12:00 PM - Rounds will be released for judging.
11:00 am - Preliminary round critiques and rankings for all categories are due from judges.
12:00 pm (or earlier, if possible) - final rounds will be released for all categories.
1:30 pm - final round critiques and rankings are due from judges.
3:30 pm - Awards. The video link to watch the awards presentation will be sent to coaches the week of the tournament.
Questions:  If you have any questions, please feel free to call.  You can reach me at (920) 664-5278 or davidharper7496@gmail.com.
Thank you and we hope to see you on March 27th for the Tom Lynch Tribute Tournament!!
Warmest Regards,
Dave Harper
Scotti Thurwachter
Forensics Coaches


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Dave Harper
Email address: davidharper7496@gmail.com
Phone number: 9206645278

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Oshkosh West HS 375 N. Eagle St.
Oshkosh, WI 54902

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