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Lois Hodgins Memorial Tournament

Hosted by Eau Claire Memorial High School

2220 Fairfax St, Eau Claire, WI 54701

 

Dear Forensics Coach / Advisor, 

 

We are excited to invite you and your students to participate in the Lois Hodgins Memorial Tournament virtually hosted by Eau Claire Memorial High School starting February 22nd and concluding on Saturday, February 27th, 2021. This tournament is both WFCA and WHSFA friendly, and students may double or triple enter. This tournament is held in dedication to former Memorial Forensics Coach Lois Hodgins and this year will also recognize WFCA Hall of Fame Coach Arthur McMillion.

 

The tournament format will be asynchronous virtual, meaning students will submit a video (or several in some categories) to be judged as three preliminary rounds followed by final rounds. For each round judges will watch a virtual room of entries and will critique and rank the round in speechwire.com. 

 

Fees are $8 for individual entries, $12 for group entries, and $15 per entry not covered by your judges (1 judge covers 5 entries). Schools will be required to provide 1 judge per 5 entries or pay the hired judge fee. Registration will be available on Speechwire.

 

AWARDS 

The Award Ceremony will be sent as a video by Noon on Saturday, February 27th. We will have awards for finalists in each category as well as specific awards for the top three scorers of each category. Overall team awards will be offered for both large team and small team divisions. Physical awards will be shipped to schools soon after the tournament. 

 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Material packets for Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Radio Announcing will be available to coaches on Monday, February 15th so that students have about a week to do their three speeches. Please send a request to mpeterson1@ecasd.us before the 15th to be put on an email list to receive this packet. 

 

Registrations are encouraged to be submitted by the afternoon of Saturday, February 20th. This is so we can assess how many entries there are per category, how many judges are being provided by the schools, and how many extra judges we may need. Videos do not need to be posted yet.

 

All final registrations with videos will be due Monday, February 22nd, at 5:00 PM

 

Preliminary round judging will begin Monday night (hopefully soon after the 5:00 PM deadline) and will close Thursday, February 25th at NOON. All 3 rounds will be released at once. 

 

Final round judging will be released as soon as possible the afternoon of Thursday, February 25th. Deadline will be late (midnight) Friday, February 26th. Awards will be released as an asynchronous video on Saturday, February 27th by Noon.

 

CATEGORY GUIDELINES

We welcome WFCA and WHSFA schools, and to facilitate the slight differences in rules we have a basic overall philosophy: rules from either organization will be honored. If an element of a performance is allowed in either WFCA or WHSFA, it will be allowed at this tournament. Some examples of blending the rules include:

 

1. Two speakers will be allowed in Demonstration Speaking. The entry fee for Demonstration will be the 

same price as other individual entries regardless of a Demonstration entry having one or two speakers. 

If there are two speakers under one entry, provide the names of both when submitting your roster.

2. Internet use will be allowed during Extemporaneous Speaking preparation.

3. Group Interpretive Reading and Play Acting will have 12 minute time limits.

4. One 4x6 note card will be permitted in Oratory. For other categories that allow a 4x6 note card, notes 

instead will have no specific limits, formats, or dimensions.

5. There will be no separate Public Address event, but students in Public Address can be entered in Oratory, and the judges will be alerted to this. Please email mpeterson1@ecasd.us if you are entering a Public Address piece.

6. Chairs, etc. MAY be used in Solo and Group Interp. Optional speaker’s / reader’s stand may be used in the categories involving scripts or notes.

7. We will not be separating Solo Acting Humorous and Solo Acting Serious

8. A printed list of works cited does not need to be presented to the judge, but sources should be cited contextually during the speech.

 

*For the WFCA rules, go to https://wfcaforensics.org/

*For the WHSFA rules, go to http://whsfa.org

*For Oratorical Declamation rules, open to freshmen & sophomores only, go to http://ncfl.org

 

STUDENT VIDEO GUIDELINES

We encourage videos that are recent and haven’t been used in any prior competition. As the season progresses, students will be getting feedback from judges and coaches, and students should be working on steady improvement with new videos. However, this will not be enforced.

 

We encourage videos that are a single unedited take, but if a video is edited to combine a few segments it will be allowed. There shall be no editing for visual or audio effects.

 

Post the video to youtube.com as unlisted using “2021 EC Memorial Tournament - LASTNAME, EVENT” as the title. If a category calls for multiple videos, information as to which video is being represented can also be included in the title (For example, Storytelling competitors may want to include “Fable” or “Undead.” Oral Interp of Lit competitors may want to include “Poetry” or “Prose.”) Coaches will include links via Speechwire during registration. Coaches are responsible for getting the links from their team for entry.

 

GUIDELINES FOR GROUP EVENTS

Group Categories of Demonstration (if including the optional second speaker), Duo Interpretation, Group Interpretation, and Play Acting should record their event as a group meeting performed in separate spaces. This is to make sure everyone is using best practices for their own health and safety.

Example: https://www.speechanddebate.org/duo-interp-split-screen-demo-nats-2020/

 

GUIDELINES FOR CATEGORIES WITH MULTIPLE VIDEOS

-Oral Interpretation of Literature will have 2 videos submitted, one each of Poetry and Prose. Prose 

should be entered in the video #1 slot, poetry should be entered in the video #2 slot.

 

-Storytelling will have 3 videos submitted. The fable should be video #1. The “story about finally being 

heard” should be video #2. The “story involving ghosts/vampires/zombies/other undead” should be 

video #3. You may reuse the student’s favorite video URL for video #4.

 

-Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Radio Announcing entries will have 3 material 

packets and will record 3 videos

  • These packets will be made available to coaches on Monday, February 15th so that students have about a week to do their three speeches. 

  • For all events, it will be on the honor system that students follow the preparation rules and record their speech immediately after the preparation period. 

  • For Extemp and Radio the preparation period is 30 minutes which does not need to be recorded. Radio scripts may be printed and then cut up, or they may be edited on a computer with the presentation made from reading the screen or a printout of the edited script. 

  • For Impromptu, because the total time is 5 minutes including preparation and speaking, students will record the entire time from receiving the prompts, to announcing the topic chosen, through the preparation and to the end of the speech. Preparation materials will be marked as being for Round 1, 2, or 3. The Round 1 video should be entered as video #1, the Round 2 video should be entered as video #2, and the Round 3 video should be entered as video #3. The student’s favorite video of the three can be re-entered as video #4 (for the final round).



 

Thank you for joining us in celebrating forensics during this crazy year! Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.


 

Sincerely,

 

Megan Peterson Caleb Webb

Head Coach Assistant Coach

952-303-9686

Mpeterson1@ecasd.us

 

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Megan Peterson
Email address: mpeterson1@ecasd.us
Phone number: 9523039686

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2220 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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