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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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Welcome to the 10th annual Madison West Forensics Tournament!  

AWARDS LINK:  https://madison-k12-wi-us.zoom.us/j/97805264543

OIL : prose = Video #1: rounds 1 and 3;  poetry = Video #2: rounds 2 and final
Storytelling,  fable = video/round 1, story about finally being heard = video/round 2, story about undead = video/round 3, and the video of their choice for video #4 - the Final round. 
 
This tournament will be a single division meaning that students of all experience levels will be grouped together. High school and middle school students from all over the world are welcome to submit entries.  The speech portion of our tournament is asynchronous. We will have three preliminary rounds and advance the top 4-7 speakers to a final round.   We will hold two sessions of congress beginning at 4:00 PM on March 19, synchronously on NSDA Campus. 
 
There is no limit on entries per team, event, or student.  
 
SCHEDULE (all times CDT) 
Sunday, March 14, 12:00 PM - Limited prep prompts released
Link to Limited Prep
Wednesday, March 17, 8:00 PM - Entries and judges due
Thursday, March 18, 8:00 PM (or earlier) - All 3 prelim rounds released, judges can access their ballots at ballots.speechwire.com
Friday, March 19, 4:00 - Student Congress begins
 
Saturday, March 20
  11:00 AM - All prelim speech ballots due
  12:30 PM (or earlier) - Final rounds released, judges can access their ballots at ballots.speechwire.com
  1:00 PM - Formal announcement of all speech finalists
  2:30 PM - Final round ballots due. 
  3:00 PM - Awards 
 
EVENTS/CATEGORIES
We offer all 18 Wisconsin speech events, and follow all WFCA rules
If you are accustomed to NSDA events and rules, the following are the equivalent Wisconsin events: 
Dramatic Interp (DI) - Solo Acting Serious.  10 minutes with no scripts, props or furniture.
Humorous Interp (HI) - Solo Acting Humorous.  10 minutes with no scripts, props or furniture.
Impromtu - 5 minutes total prep and speaking time, one notecard allowed. 
Informative Speaking - In Wisconsin, Informative Speaking has a 6 minute time limit.  To accommodate national hopefuls, 10 minute performances will not be penalized.  
Poetry - 8 minutes with a manuscript.
Program of Oral Interp (POI) - Farrago. 10 minutes with a manuscript. 
Prose - 8 minutes with a manuscript. 
Storytelling - 8 minutes, tell a story while seated in a chair.  Three different stories must be told, one per round.   Story topics are: a fable, a story about finally being heard, a story about the undead. 
 
All events have a 15 second grace period
 
WFCA rules
 
There is no limit to the number of events a single student can enter.  
 
JUDGES
One judge for every five speech entries.  All judges will be required to have a linked Speechwire ballots account.   There may be judges available for $125 per uncovered judge obligation.  There will be a $50 per round fine for every round not submitted by the deadline. 
 
Speech judges will be on call on Saturday, March 20 for final round assignments.  Once final rounds are assigned, judges have 90 minutes to judge the round and submit their ballots. 
 
One judge for every 10 congress entries is required, but more would be wonderful.  We cannot guarantee there will be any additional congress judges available. 
Congress is synchronous, so judges must be available Friday, March 19, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM. 
 
FEES
$9 per individual speech entry; $12 per group entry (Duo, Group Interp, Play Acting); $6 per Congress entry
Teams are responsible for all entry and judge fees based on their entries as of 8:00 PM on Wednesday, March 17. 
 
VIDEO DETAILS  
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 (Video #1: rounds 1 and 3) and one for poetry (Video #2: rounds 2 and final)
Storytelling, which will need 3 videos: fable (round 1), story about finally being heard (round 2), story about undead(round 3), and the video of their choice for #4 - the Final round. 
Demonstration speakers must record their setup and strike within their time limit. 
Impromptu must record their prep within their time limit. 
Extemp and Radio do NOT record their prep time. 
Limited prep categories record only one video that is used all rounds. 
 
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 title the video title in the following format: Student name - Category name
 
Videos titles for Oral Interpretation should also indicate if the video is prose or poetry: Student name – OIL – prose.  Please enter Rounds 1, 3 with the prose link and Round 2, Finals with the poetry link.
 
Videos titles for Storytelling should indicate which of three topics is being presented (fable, being heard, undead): Student name – Storytelling - fable.  Video links should be in the following order: Round 1 - Fable; Round 2 – Being heard; Round 3 -Undead; Final - student’s choice.
 
 
LIMITED PREP EVENTS 
Materials for Impromptu, Radio Announcing, and Extemporaneous Speaking will be sent out to coaches on Sunday, March 14.  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).  Students in Radio and Extemporaneous Speaking should not record their prep time, just the speaking time.
 
 
GROUP EVENTS  
Students competing in Duo Interp, Group Interp, and Play Acting must record their videos as split-screen recordings, with performers in different locations.
 
FINAL ROUNDS  
We expect to have all final rounds pushed out to judges by 12:30 PM on March 20.  Final rounds will be pushed out early to judges if possible.  Finalists will be formally announced online at 1:00 PM.
All judges must submit final round ballots no later than 2:30 PM.  
Awards will be livestreamed at 3:00 PM. 
 
CONGRESS  
Join us Friday, March 19 for Congressional Debate.  We hope to get in 2 sessions, with the first beginning at 4:00 PM Central Time.  
Please submit legislation to timscheff@aol.com no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, March 15.  Legislation collected will be compiled and published under "Files for download".
Congress will be held on NSDA Campus via Speechwire. 
CONGRESS JUDGES
One judge for every eight congress entries.  All judges will be required to have a linked Speechwire ballots account.   
 
 
AWARDS  
All finalists will receive medals.  Team awards will be presented to the top 3 teams, with possible large and small team divisions.  The breakdown for each division will be determined when registration closes.
 
All awards will be sent out through the mail to the address listed for each team in Speechwire.  If they should go to a different address, please send an email to jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us
 

Manager contact information

John Rademacher
Email address: jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us
Phone number: 6083354837

Mailing address

Madison West Forensics
30 Ash St
Madison, WI 53726

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