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Dear Forensics Friends, 


To honor the history of our state and the friendship between our academic institutions, we invite you to the first annual University of Nebraska “THE GOOD LIFE TOURNAMENT”.


This one day synchronous tournament will be co-hosted by UNO and UNL on Saturday, February 27th, 2021.  All information and registration can be found on www.speechwire.com.  We will be using Jitsi for the synchronous streaming of all rounds.  Visit https://jitsi.org/ to get started.


Events and Point Distribution:

  • We will offer competition in all eleven AFA events and appropriate elimination rounds.  AFA tie breaking procedures will be followed throughout the tournament. Students will be recognized for 1st- 6th places in each individual event as well as the top three teams in team sweepstakes. 
  • Points for team awards will be as follows: 10 for 1st, 8 for 2nd, 6 for 3rd, 4 for 4th, 2 for 5th, 1 for 6th.  Ties in team sweepstakes will be broken by number of finalists, then number of 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, etc.


Entry Deadline:

  • Entries are due Tuesday, February 23rd by 5:00 p.m. CST via www.speechwire.com.  Fees will be assessed based on information we have received by February 24th at 12:00 p.m. CST.



  • For several years, UNL and UNO have co-hosted a late season tournament in order to give teams an opportunity to stretch their budgetsTo do this, we offer low entry fees of $4 per slot; each uncovered slot will incur an additional $12. Please provide enough usable judges to cover your entry.
  • A fee of $10 will be charged for all changes made at registration.  A fee of $50 will be charged for any judge dropped at registration.  Such changes make it difficult to run a timely and efficient tournament.  Please try to communicate all changes to the tournament directors ahead of time.




Make Checks Payable to:

UNL Forensics

Please send all checks to:

Aaron Duncan

Director of Speech & Debate

375 Pound Hall

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Lincoln, NE 68588-0329




Individual Events:

  • No student may enter more than three (3) events. 
  • Finalists will advance based on lowest cumulative rank, then highest cumulative rating points, then highest reciprocal.
  • First place will be awarded to the competitor with the lowest cumulative rank.  Ties in finals will be broken first on predominance of 1’s, second judge’s preference, and finally rating points.  Ties in team points and individual sweepstakes will be broken on numbers of finals followed by number of 1, 2, 3’s.  Individual sweepstakes is open to any competitor who has three or more events.
  • All rules for the 11 AFA events should follow the “AFA-NST Description of Events” found at http://www.mnsu.edu/cmst/niet/eventdescriptions-new09-10.htm



Tournament Schedule: Saturday February 27th (All times CST)

We will offer all eleven AFA individual events.


8:30 am



Extemp Draw


Round 1 (all events)


Extemp Draw


Round 2 (all events)

12:30 pm



Extemp Draw


Finals (all events)




8x8 information, important tournament and team links, and schematics will be sent out the night before the tournament.


RECENT AFA-NST CHANGES: The tournament will run in accordance with recent AFA-NST changes for the 2020-2021 competitive season. Of particular note, please understand that:

1.          Participants may use only a single microphone and camera while competing.

2.          Live, in-person audiences are not permitted.

3.          Participants competing in duo interpretation must compete in separate   locations and are not permitted to be on the same screen as their partner.

4.          Material (e.g., scripts, topics, programs) cannot have been run by a competitor prior to September 1, 2020.

5.          All other relevant AFA-NST legislation for regular-season qualifying tournaments will guide the tournaments’ policies.

Judges Code of Ethics:

  • We believe it is important to create a positive educational environment for all students participating at the tournament.  Any judge found to be making comments on ballots that are deemed to be racist, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory by the tournament director will be removed from the judging pool immediately.  It is also our expectation that all judges make supportive comments and do not use overly penal speaker points.  If judges are found to be engaging in those behaviors, they will be asked to change immediately or be removed from the judging pool.  Any schools that have judges removed from the pool will be charged for uncovered slot fees.


Trae Medero Graham                                   Aaron Duncan

Assistant Director of Forensics                   Director of Forensics

University of Nebraska Omaha                    University of Nebraska Lincoln      

(402) 709-2361                                            (402) 472-6920

tgraham@unomaha.edu                              aduncan3@unl.edu



*Special Needs: If you have a student or coach with special needs, please let us know. We will be happy to provide accommodations.





Manager contact information

Aaron Duncan
Email address: aduncan3@unl.edu
Phone number: 4024507830

Mailing address

375 Pound Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588

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