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Richard Ernst Invitational

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This is a College tournament in Virginia.

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Dear Forensic Friends & Colleagues,

On behalf of Northern Virginia Community College, the NOVA Forensics Team is delighted to invite you and your team to safely compete in a synchronous online tournament experience on Saturday October 9th, 2021.  Please click above where it says Tournament Schedule to review the times of the rounds.   All of the rounds are Eastern Standard Time.   


Our tournament is an individual events only tournament for all 11 AFA sanctioned events!


Now (more than ever) we feel that we need forensic competition so students have a way to vocalize their thoughts and ideas. We are happy to work to create such a space for your students. Please know, we will do our best to uphold all the standards that represent the best of this activity! Please review this invitation and let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to hosting you!



Nathan Carter, DOF

Northern Virginia Community College nacarter@nvcc.edu 






1.  Entry Deadline is Wednesday October 6, 2021 @ 5:00 PM (EST)

2.  Students can enter up to 3 events per pattern. Two duos count as two events entered.

3.   Please see schedule for patttern designations




How Do I Use Speechwire for Registration, Postings, and E-Ballots?

1. Entry fees are $8 per entry.

2.  Uncovered Slots are $10 per entry. Drop/change fees are in place after the entry deadline. 

3.  One judge covers 8 Slots

4.  The drop fee is the original entry fee plus a $10 penalty per change/drop. 

5. A dropped judge or no-show judge incurs a flat rate $150 penalty 

7.  I will email the appropriate mailing address after the registration deadline. In addition, secure credit card payments via Square will be available. Invoices will be sent promptly.




1. This tournament will use E-BALLOTS via live.speechwire.com

2.  Your judges will need email accounts in order to access the postings and their ballots to judge a round 

3.  Your students will also need to register their emails with live.speechwire.com so they can have access to postings and the secure links to Yaatly to enter their rounds.

4.    Please follow the Speechwire instructions when registering and let me know if you have questions. 




1.  This tournament will utilize Yaatly as the online video platform for hosting rounds

2.  Please make sure your team has a Yaatly account and each member of your team is registered as members of your team on Yaatly

3.  If you need assistance please email me and I will assist you to make sure your have followed all the steps for a succesful tournament experience.  


OtSher Tournament Information and Details



1. All finalists per event and top four in Quadrathon earn awards.

2. For team sweepstakes we will have large entry and small entry awards for the top three schools.

4.  Awards will be mailed to the address entered in the Speechwire at no charge

5.  Events with 50 or more entries will have a semi-final round. In the event that semi-finals are needed, we will provide an updated schedule.

6. We will use AFA style tabulation rules for all IE events.

7. Students entered in four or more events are eligible for Quadrathon Individual I.E. Sweepstakes.

8.  Students may not use material (cuttings, programs, topics, speeches, etc.) he/she/they previously performed in other forensic competitions (high school or college level).

9.  We will use the most recent AFA-style rules for all events.  PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF AFA GUIDANCE FOR ONLINE TOURNAMENTS.  Those rules are applicable for Ernst (including the stipulation about recording rounds without permission). The unlawful recording of a live round via screen capture or other means is verboten.  Please do not record live rounds.  


10.  Links to the Yaatly rounds are reserved for those competing at the tournament and will not be made available to the public


If you have additional questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Nathan Carter, Ph.D. (nacarter@nvcc.edu) 





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Dr. Nathan Carter
Email address: nacarter@nvcc.edu
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4001 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale, VA 22003
Annandale, VA 22003

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