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Bradley University's 74th Annual LE Norton Memorial

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October 2021


Dear Colleagues,

Bradley University eagerly invites you to the 74th Annual L.E. Norton Memorial Tournament, which will return to its traditional in-person format from November 6-7, 2021.

The Norton is well known for its competitiveness, along with a rich tradition of hospitality; this year will be no different. Our Assistant Coach Tia Collins, Team President Lily Pieper, Team Vice President David Daye, along with the rest of our staff and team, are excitedly preparing for your Norton experience!

We will offer novice and open divisions for all 11 AFA events. We will continue to award 2-year team and individual sweepstakes as well. Congratulations to the last year’s open team sweepstakes champions, the University of Alabama, and their student Anna Kutbay, for winning individual sweepstakes. Additionally, as customary, we’ll be honoring someone with the L.E. Norton award, who embodies the leadership, devotion and passion for college forensics exemplified by Dr. Norton. Congratulations to last year’s recipient, Vance Pierce, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. We hope you’ll join us in Peoria to celebrate our activity and our tournament namesake, Dr. L.E. Norton.




Andrew Eilola

Director of Forensics

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L.E Norton Memorial


Rules and Guidelines


1.     The L.E. Norton Memorial will follow the ethical standards, rules, and event descriptions of the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament. They can be accessed online at afa-niet.org. All judges and competitors are expected to be knowledgeable of these standards prior to the tournament.


2.     An Impromptu addendum – Impromptu prompts will be quotations, questions, and proverbs.  

3.     While not required, we strongly encourage all coaches and students attending the tournament be vaccinated. All tournament participants will be required to wear masks indoors, even during performances.




1.     Novice divisions will be offered in events with at least 30 varsity entries. Novice categories are reserved for students competing in their first year of intercollegiate forensics competition, or for any two year/community college student.


2.     Students may double-enter in each pattern:



Flight A

Informative Speaking

Prose Interpretation

Impromptu Speaking



Flight B

Duo Interpretation

Persuasive Speaking

Program Oral Interpretation

Extemporaneous Speaking


Flight C

Dramatic Interpretation

Poetry Interpretation

Communication Analysis

After Dinner Speaking



3.     Semi-Finals will be held for events with at least 55 entries and finals will be offered in all Varsity and Novice events.


4.     Entries must be submitted via Speechwire.com. Entries must be received by 6pm CST Monday, November 1, 2021. Drop and judge fees will be assessed at 6pm CST Tuesday, November 2nd.


*Please contact us immediately if there are extenuating circumstances or life events that occur with students. We’ll accommodate as best we can.




1.     The top six competitors in both open and novice will receive the well-known pottery mug trophies.


2.     Team sweepstakes awards will be given to the top 5 open and 2-year universities and colleges.


3.     Individual Sweepstakes will be awarded to the top five speakers of the tournament in both novice and open categories. Students with at least 4 events will be eligible for individual sweepstakes. Two duos will count as two events.


4.     Team sweepstakes will be calculated according to the following point scale:


12 points: 1st place – open             6 points: 1st place – novice

10 points: 2nd place – open            5 points: 2nd place – novice

8 points: 3rd place – open               4 points: 3rd place – novice

6 points: 4th place – open               3 points: 4th place – novice

4 points: 5th place – open               2 points: 5th place – novice

3 points: 6th/7th place – open         1 point: 6th/7th place – novice


2 points: non-advancing semi-finalists (open only)




1.     Each entry for the tournament will cost $15. Additionally, there will be a $5.00 per student fee because of new hosting costs on campus.


2.     For each judge provided, six entries will be covered. Judges may be hired at an additional $10 per slot not covered by your program. Hired judges will be paid $80 for full day availability or $15 per round. Note: Schools bringing a Bradley alum as a judge will cover 10 entries.


3.     Penalties for late drop fees will be:

- Drops after 6:00pm CST, Tuesday November 2nd will result in $15 drop fee in addition to the initial entry fee. Judge drops or new uncovered slots will be $15 as well.

- After 6:00pm CST Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 judge drops will result in a $75 penalty and student drop fees will be $25 per slot.


4.     Checks should be made out to: Bradley University Speech Team.


Mailing Address:

Andrew Eilola

Communication Dept. – GCC 313

1501 W. Bradley Ave.

Peoria, IL 61625


Tournament Notes

Content Warnings

We recommend the use of content and/or trigger warnings when possible for competitors who may be performing sensitive material. This can be stated prior to the performance.


Judge Concerns

Please contact the tournament director if you have concerns about being judged by someone at the tournament. Blocks can be put in place if you have a problematic history with someone or are simply uncomfortable.






Friday, November 5, 2021


7:00-9:00p.m. Early Registration (Michael Student Center Atrium)


Saturday, November 6, 2021

8:00-8:30 a.m.   Late Registration

8:45 a.m.          Extemp Draw

9:00 a.m.          Round 1 Flight B (EXT, DUO, PER, POI)

10:15 a.m.        Extemp Draw

10:30 a.m.        Round 2 Flight B

12:00 p.m.        LUNCH BREAK

12:45 p.m.        Extemp Draw

1:00 p.m.          Round 3 Flight B

2:15 p.m.          Round 1 Flight A (PRO, INFO, IMP)

3:30 p.m.          Round 2 Flight A

4:45 p.m.          Round 3 Flight A

6:00 p.m.          Round 1 Flight C (ADS, CA, DI, POE)


Sunday, November 7, 2021


7:00 a.m.          Buildings open for Warm Ups

8:00 a.m.          Round 2 Flight C

9:15 a.m.          Round 3 Flight C

10:45 a.m.        Extemp Draw

11:00 a.m.        Outrounds #1

12:00 p.m.       LUNCH BREAK

1:00 p.m.         Outrounds #2

2:30 p.m.         Potential Extemp Draw

2:45 p.m.         Outrounds #3

4:15 p.m.         Outrounds #4

ASAP              Socially Distanced Awards Ceremony




Manager contact information

Andrew Eilola
Email address: aeilola@fsmail.bradley.edu
Phone number: 218-290-5574

Mailing address

1501 W. Bradley Ave.
Department of Communication
Peoria, IL 61625

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