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Oklahoma Forensics Association State Tournament

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February 26th & 27th, 2021

Virtual – Hosted by OIFA Board


Forensics Colleagues and Friends,


We would like to invite you to the annual Oklahoma Forensics Association State Tournament to be held February 26th & 27th, 2021 virtually. The tournament offers IPDA debate synchronously (via Yaatly) on Saturday and IE’s asynchronously to be judged by Friday.  IPDA debate will offer four preliminary rounds breaking to semifinals on Saturday night. All divisions for competition will be open. This tournament is open to any college and university.


The tournament directors reserve the right to limit the number of entries from a school, and/or balance rounds with students from the same school in order to accommodate judging obligations from schools with large entries. All IE events with eight or less entries will be auto-finaled.


Please submit entries on Speechwire.com.  The entry and drop deadline is 5 PM CST on February 23rd, 2021. Limited Prep prompts will be released that evening.


Tournament rules and schedule are on the following pages. 




Katie Stringer, MA & Katie Thomas, MA

Tournament Co-Directors and OFA Board Members

Directors of Forensics, Cameron University & Northeastern State University (respectively)













Tentative Schedule (all times listed are in Central Time)

Tuesday, February 23rd

5:00 p.m.                     Ad & drop deadline via Speechwire

6:00 p.m.                     Limited prep prompts released

Wednesday, February 24th

5:00 p.m.                     Video submission links due for all IE entries / Persuasive speaking manuscripts via email due (see below)

7:00 p.m.                     Ballots released for all prelim IE rounds

Thursday, February 25th

8:00 p.m.                     Ballots due for all prelim IE rounds

Friday, February 26th

8:00 p.m.                     Ballots due for all finals IE rounds

Saturday, February 27th

8:30 a.m.                     Registration via Yaatly

9:00 a.m.                     IPDA Draw/Round 1

10:30 a.m.                   IPDA Draw/Round 2

12:30 p.m.                   IPDA Draw/Round 3

2:00 p.m.                     IPDA Draw/Round 4

3:30 p.m.                     IPDA Semis

3:30 p.m.                     Coaches meeting (via Zoom: https://nsuok.zoom.us/j/96664173082)

5:00 p.m.                     IPDA Finals

7:30 p.m.                     (asap after debate finals) Awards (via Zoom: https://nsuok.zoom.us/j/92416474686)


OFA will recognize the top three speakers in any form of debate and those teams breaking to semifinals and beyond. IE’s will recognize the top six entries in each event. The top novice entries from each event will be recognized as Top Novice. The top entries from the state of Oklahoma will also be recognized as state champions. Sweepstakes awards will be given to the top three schools overall and the top three Oklahoma schools. Individual sweepstakes awards will recognize the top three students that compete in at least four IE events and debate. The top student in this category from the state of Oklahoma will receive the OFA Grand Championship Belt.


Rules for all events

*No speech or program used by the contestant in competition shall have been used prior to August 1st preceding the tournament.

*Speeches must be the original work of the student.

*AFA-NIET rules shall be followed for all individual events.

*Debate events shall follow the rules of the appropriate national association.  Debaters are expected to be in the virtual competition rooms at the end of prep time, and a late forfeiture rule will be enforced.

*The top two Oklahoma students in persuasive speaking will become the Oklahoma National Qualifiers for the Interstate Oratory Association (IOA) National Tournament. Rules for IOA require persuasive speaking manuscripts be submitted to the tournament director prior to competition (February 24th at 5 p.m.) for review. IOA lists the following rules for competition:

1. The oration must be delivered without the aid of notes or manuscript.
2. No oration shall contain more than 1800 words. (Although no minimum word limit is established, a 1500 word minimum is suggested.)
3. For purposes of definition, quoted words are those written or spoken by a person other than the orator. Such quoted matter shall be limited to 20% of the total number of words in the oration. Direct discourse, dialogue or other stylistic devices within quotation marks created by the orator SHALL NOT be included in the 20% total.
4. All quoted materials shall be documented.
7. Copies of the oration should include footnote/endnotes and source material identification.



Please make every effort to cover your judging requirements.  Please know that OFA will provide a limited amount of hired judges (if needed) for the tournament.  Many of these judges will have limited forensics experience, but will have undergone a limited training to ensure quality judges.



All rules for sweepstakes and tab will follow the Oklahoma Forensics Association (OFA) Constitution and By-Laws.


Tournament Fees

Make all checks payable to Northeastern State University – in the memo line, please note “Katie Thomas – Forensics Team”.

Northeastern State University attn: Katie Thomas – Forensics Team

600 N Grand Ave

Tahlequah, OK 74464


IE Entries                                            @$10 (one judge covers 6 slots)

Judge/Uncovered IE Entries               @$20

IPDA Entries                                      @$25 (one judge covers 2 debaters)

Judge/Uncovered IPDA Entries         @$50



Fees will be assessed at 5 PM on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021.  The following nuisance fees will be applied to changes after that time.  Debate drops $50; IE drops $25; judge drops $100 each. 



Limited Prep: Students entered in IMP should select one of the below quotations on which to base their speech. Please include prep time in the IMP video submission (you may also include a 15 second buffer for reading the quotation). Students entered in EXT should select one of the below questions to answer in their speech. Please do not include the prep time in the EXT video submission. 



1.    “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Malcom X


2.    “History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama,


3.    “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” – Thurgood Marshall


4.     “Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise." – Maya Angelou


5.    “While we might feel small, separate, and all alone, our people have never been more tightly tethered. The question’s not if we will weather this unknown, but how we will weather the unknown together.”- Amanda Gorman

Extemp Questions

1.     How should Oklahoma handle the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre?

2.     What effect will raising minimum wage to 15.00 have on the US economy?

3.     How should Stellantis respond to Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.’s request?

4.     What should be the plan for the Tokyo Olympics?

5.     What should be the new plan for distribution of the vaccines?

6.     How did Game Stop Investments take down the hedge funds investors?



Manager contact information

Katie Thomas
Email address: thoma162@nsuok.edu
Phone number: 5404474684

Mailing address

600 N Grand Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464

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