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OATS 1 (Online Asynchronous Tournament Series)

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Hello Friends,
 
The 2020-2021 online season presented new challenges, but we also learned about the power of innovation, especially in the arena of finding new ways to build accessibility in this activity. Last year, we were thrilled by the incredible participation in the Online Asynchronous Tournament Series or, as we affectionately call them, the OATS. We had 51 teams compete at the seven completely asynchronous tournaments. We saw alumni have the chance to participate as judges who maybe hadn’t been able to in the past. We saw students who otherwise would not have been able to participate because of work or other reasons able to compete, receive feedback, learn, and grow.
 
Based on feedback from the participants last year, we are pleased to announce the OATS will continue for the 2021-2022 season! In the survey, folks seemed generally pleased with the overall structure of the series, so the only thing we will change is the fees structure. Based on a financial breakdown of Speechwire costs and hired judges, the series fee will be a one-time $250 cost and the uncovered slots fee will be $10/slots. Series and uncovered slot fee waivers are available for student-run teams or teams experiencing financial hardship.
 
TL:DR Details
-Tournaments will be fully asynchronous, including finals
-Entries and video links are due to Speechwire on Monday @ 8 p.m. CST
-Content warnings are encouraged to give adequate warning to judges/competitors
-No late adds are allowed
-OATS tournaments will utilize an honor system for judges and competitors
-Preliminary rounds will be judged from Tuesday through Thursday @ 4 p.m. CST; Final rounds will be judged from Thursday 6 p.m. through Friday @ 2 p.m. CST
-Postings will go live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. CST (or ASAP depending on ballot completion)
-All 11 categories will be offered per released AFA guidelines
-The $250 Series Fee pays for all “covered-slot” entries for all OATS tournaments
-Uncovered slots will incur an additional $10 fee
-Payments accepted by Venmo, PayPal, or by check
-The dates for video submission for the OATS include:
Mon, Oct 4
Mon, Oct 25
Mon, Nov 8
Mon, Dec 6
Mon, Jan 17
Mon, Feb 21
 
Last year, we loved the chance to work with guest hosts and tournament directors of the OATS. We invite you to “host” an OATS tournament. Hosting involves locating approximately 15-20 hired judges (which varies up the judging pool and is a huge service to the community). That’s it. If you wanted alternative awards or other fancy pieces to your tournament hosting week, we definitely will support you in that, but otherwise hosting is simply about recruiting hired judges (who we will pay $15/round). We would love to work with teams who are looking to raise their profiles or help secure additional funding from their administrations. 
 
Coaches and grad assistants seeking experience hosting a tournament, we also want to hear from you! We’d love to have you come in as a guest tournament host to be as involved as you’d like in making the tournament week run. Last year we worked with a graduate assistant who was involved throughout the entire process of tournament prep, management, and awards (shout out to you Lily Schwab!) and we had a Ball. We’d love to invite folks to step forward to get some guided experience in this role as well. 
 
We continue to support the courageous students who called for asynchronous tournament options last year. We are so excited to continue to be a part of the forensic landscape for the 21-22 school year. Full information about competition and fees are listed below. If you have questions feel free to contact Julie Walker by phone (call or text 706-844-2773) or email (julie.walker@smsu.edu). 
 
Sincerely,
 
Julie Walker
Southwest Minnesota State University
Assistant Director of Forensics
Series Tournament Co-Director
 
Ben Walker
Southwest Minnesota State University
Director of Forensics
Series Tournament Co-Director
 
Fully Asynchronous Tournament Week Schedule
 
Fri prior @ noon CST: LP Prompts released on Speechwire
Monday @ 8 p.m. CST: Entries and videos due to Speechwire
Monday @ 10 p.m. CST: Fees will be assessed and distributed to teams
Monday @ 10 p.m. CST: Judge dance cards go live on Speechwire
Thursday @ 4 p.m. CST: Preliminary Round judging feedback/scores due
Thursday @ 6 p.m. CST: Final Rounds are Posted on Speechwire and on the OATS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/oatsforensics
Friday @ 2 p.m. CST: Final Round judging feedback/scores due
Friday @ 4 p.m. CST: Live awards ceremony stream on OATS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/oatsforensics 
Friday @ Evening: Feedback released to coaches via Speechwire
 
 

Manager contact information

Julie Walker
Email address: julie.walker@smsu.edu
Phone number: 706-844-2773

Mailing address

Venmo: bfulworldlvr | Paypal: benjamin.michael.walker@gmail.com | Direct Depos to SMSU (email Julie)
Pay by Check Julie Walker | 1501 State Street (W9 available upon request)
MARSHALL, MN 56258

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