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The University of Nebraska–Lincoln and its alumni would like to invite you the Harvest Festival Swing to be held in two parts an asynchronous alumni tournament during the week Tuesday November 2nd-Friday November 5th and a synchronous online on tournament on Saturday November 6th for a week of educational and competitive fun. The theme of the tournament will pull from the TV show Parks & Rec, with special attention to season 3’s Harvest Festival story arc.  We may not have funnel cakes or corn mazes, but we just might have themed impromptu quotations.  We have not heard whether Larry Bird’s Aunt Tilda will be able to make it into the Jitsi Room for awards, but our fingers are crossed. The asynchronous alumni tournament will feature three rounds and the synchronous hosting a 2/1 IE tournament. Currently, the plan for the synchronous tournament is to do three rounds with no finals but if the size of the tournament warrants it, we reserve the right to add finals. 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.

For more information, please contact University of Nebraska Lincoln Director of Speech and Debate Aaron Duncan aduncan3@unl.edu 402-450-7830 or Director of Speech Allison Bonander, (402) 690-8152, allisonbonander@unl.edu  

We hope to see you for great tournament.



  1. Entry fees are $5 per event slot.
  2. Entries for both tournaments should be submitted through speechwire.com no later than 5 p.m. CST Tuesday, November 2nd.
  3. Please provide a qualified judge for every six events. Hired judges are available at $10 per uncovered slot for the asynchronous tournament and $15 per uncovered slot for the synchronous tournament.
  4. Any synchronous entries dropped after Wednesday at 12pm will be assessed the original entry fee plus an additional $10 penalty.
  5. Any synchronous judges dropped after Wednesday at 12pm will each be assessed a $50 fee. These fees are in addition to the stated uncovered slot fees.
  6. Finalized fee sheets from SpeechWire for both tournaments will be emailed directly to head coaches on Monday, November 8th, along with payment information about how to make out checks.
  7. Payments are due in the form of mailed checks no later than three weeks after final fee sheets are submitted (unless other payment arrangements have been approved prior).


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



1.         We will recognize the finalists in each event, the top three individual sweeps winners, and the top three schools at each tournament.  Please note we will not be giving physical awards, and this is why we have lowered the per slot fee for the tournament to $5.

2.         The top overall speaker for both halves and the top overall team for both halves will be recognized on Saturday.

3.         We will use AFA-style rules and tabulation.

4.         Recording of synchronous performances is prohibited.

5.         Should the need arise we reserve the right to institute entry caps and to put students of the same team in the same section to make their team judges usable

6.         Depending on tournament size we reserve the right to collapse the Saturday tournament to a single flight.



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 use 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.



Individual Events:

Asynchronous Tournament Rules

  • No student may enter more than  six (6) events total for the asynchronous tournament.
  • Ranks will be based on total rank, strength of opposition, total rate, head to head, and reciprocals


Synchronous Tournament Rules

  • No student may enter more than three (3) events per flight on Saturday
  • 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 Jitsi Room Information


We will send out an information packet the week of the tournament with information regarding important Jitsi rooms.


Sweepstakes Formula:

IE Preliminary Rounds – 1st- 3, 2nd- 2, 3rd- 1.

IE Finalists 1st -12, 2nd - 10, 3rd - 8, 4th - 6, 5th - 4, 6th - 2.

IE Non-advancing Semifinalists - 1.


Asynchronous Host

Allison R. Bonander, Ph.D.

Director of Speech

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

(402) 690-8152 cell




Synchronous Host

Aaron M Duncan, PhD

Associate Professor of Practice

Director of Speech & Debate

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Communication Studies

375 Pound, UNL, 68588-0329


Tournament Information

We will offer all eleven AFA individual events at both tournaments.


Asynchronous Schedule

Oct. 29th Friday LP prompts released

Nov. 2nd Tuesday 5pm CST entries are due

Nov. 2nd Tuesday night judges will be sent links and ballots

Nov. 5th Friday 12pm CST all ballots are due

Nov. 5th Friday 3pm CST online awards ceremony


Saturday Schedule

  8:00    Registration

  8:30    Extemp Draw

  9:00    Round 1A (Duo, CA, Extemp, Info, POI, Prose)

10:15    Round 1B (ADS, DI, Impromptu, Persuasion, Poetry)

11:30    Lunch

12:00    Extemp Draw

12:15    Round 2A

  1:30    Round 2B

  3:00    Extemp Draw

  3:15    Finals A          

  4:45    Finals B

ASAP   Awards





Manager contact information

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

Mailing address

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

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