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Hello Friends,


The Southwest Minnesota State University Forensics Team is pleased to invite you to the 2021 Mustang Stampede hosted asynchronously during the week of October 11-15, 2021. We are preparing an inclusive and accessible tournament as a part of the Southern Minnesota Swing with the Larry Schnoor Invitational held on the MSU, Mankato campus on Saturday, October 16. We look forward to having another fun tournament this year!


TL:DR Details

  • The tournament will be fully asynchronous, including finals
  • Entries and video links are due to Speechwire by Monday, October 11 at 7 p.m. CST
  • Preliminary rounds will be judged from Tuesday through Thursday @ 5 p.m. CST; Final rounds will be judged from Thursday 7 p.m. through Friday @ 3 p.m. CST
  • Postings will go live on Thursdays at 7 p.m. CST (or ASAP depending on ballot completion)
  • Award ceremony will be live on SMSU Facebook page starting at Friday 5 p.m. CST
  • SMSU will use an honor system that the recording submitted is unique to this tournament
  • Content warning listings are encouraged to give adequate warning to judges and competitors
  • No late adds are allowed
  • All 11 categories will be offered per released AFA guidelines
  • TWO BONUS FREE EVENTS: Just Kidding (for students) and Old Tech Info (for coaches)
  • Cost: $2/slot, $15/uncovered slot, $50/no show judge
  • Payments accepted through Venmo, PayPal, or by check


Information about competitive event offerings and fees are listed below. We hope you find it possible to attend the asynchronous portion of the Southern Minnesota Swing in October! If you have questions, feel free to email/call Julie Walker at julie.walker@smsu.edu or 706-844-2773. See you then!








Julie Walker                                                                               Ben Walker

Southwest Minnesota State University                        Southwest Minnesota State University

Assistant Director of Forensics                                         Director of Forensics

Tournament Director




Fully Asynchronous Tournament

Typically, SMSU would host the second day of the Southern Minnesota Swing on Sunday. However, SMSU recognizes the unique situation the 2021-2022 season presents. To make sure everyone is safe and can still participate, we will once again offer an asynchronous competition. All 11 AFA categories will be offered plus two FREE, SPECIAL EVENTS: Just Kidding and an event for coaches, Old Tech Info.


Just Kidding- The student should tell their best joke for kids (12 y/o and under). Only one joke allowed. Visual aids are permitted. Maximum time: 1 minute.

Old Tech Info- A speech designed to inform the audience about an outdated technology that current students may not fully understand. Only coaches can compete in this event. Visual aids are permitted. Maximum time: 1 minute.

Tournament Week Schedule

Friday, October 8 @ noon:                   LP Prompts released on Speechwire

Monday, October 11 @ 7 p.m.:            Entries and videos due to Speechwire

Monday, October 11 @ evening:        Fees will be assessed + Judge dance cards go live on Speechwire

Thursday, October 14 @ 5 p.m.:         Preliminary Round judging feedback/scores due

Thursday, October 14 @ 7 p.m.:         Final Rounds are Posted on Speechwire and on the SMSU team Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/smsuforensics

Friday, October 15 @ 3 p.m.:                All Final Round judging feedback/scores due

Friday, October 15 @ 5 p.m.:                Live awards ceremony stream on SMSU team Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/smsuforensics

Friday, October 15 @ asap:                   Feedback released to coaches via email


Unique Video Submission

One benefit we feel forensic performance provides is the learning opportunities from multiple performances and growing from feedback. Therefore, we will ask that each submitted performance video recording has not been entered into a previous asynchronous tournament.


We ask that all video submission links be put forward through YouTube links. Set the video to “unlisted” for the duration of the tournament. We want teams to have control over the visibility of the performances, so students may turn the videos to “private” after the awards ceremony.


Content Warnings

To continue work done regionally and nationally, we will continue providing a space to input content warnings for pieces. If a student’s performance includes sensitive topic areas they anticipate may be triggering for audience members or judges, we ask you to enter those topics into the content warning space on Speechwire at the time you submit your entries.



LP Offerings

All LP prompts will be released at noon on Friday, October 8. Anyone participating in LP categories must submit their completed videos by the registration deadline.


Students will submit two videos: one for preliminary round judging and one for final round judging. Impromptu prompts will be quotations revolving around horses. Extemp questions will be Prelim: Pop Culture, Finals: Domestic.


We trust all students and coaches to adhere to Limited Prep guidelines and ethical competition choices for preparation. Extemp prep does not need to be included in the performance video. However, please include prep time in Impromptu videos (this can make starting the video camera easier for students, and assessing time allocation possible for judging).  All Impromptu judges will be reminded to allow an initial 15 seconds for competitors to read the quotations, before beginning time.  


Costs and Payment Options

$2 per entry slot

1 judge covers 6 slots

$15 per uncovered entry slot

$50 per dropped judge

Payments accepted through Venmo, PayPal, or by check

Venmo: @bfulworldlvr

PayPal: Benjamin.michael.walker@gmail.com


Check: SMSU Forensics Attn: Ben Walker

1501 State Street

Marshall, MN 56258




SMSU wants to best duplicate the community and connectivity we expect at face-to-face tournaments. To replicate this feeling in a cost effective manner, certificates will be mailed to each award winner at the address listed on their team’s Speechwire account. Team award winners will receive a certificate and a personalized letter to their school’s administration praising their team.


SMSU will livestream awards ceremony on the SMSU Speech Team Facebook page at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 15: https://www.facebook.com/smsuforensics


Sweeps awards are earned using the following point system:

Preliminary Sweeps Points

1st Place: 3 points

2nd Place: 2 points

3rd Place: 1 point


*non-advancing semi-finalists will receive 2 points

Finals Sweeps Points

1st Place: 10 points

2nd Place: 8 points

3rd Place: 6 points


4th Place: 4 points

5th Place: 3 points

6th Place: 2 points


Team awards will be provided for 1st through 5th places for Limited Team and Open Team sweeps.

Finalists will be acknowledged and celebrated at the live streamed awards ceremony. Top novice distinctions will be presented during the awards ceremony as well.




Nationally, the forensic community (students, coaches, and judges) have called for safer tournaments where student and judge wellness is built into the tournament structures. We hope to provide a different type of tournament experience focused on redesigning spaces rather than accommodating individuals. As such, our tournament is designed to make spaces safer and more accessible for everyone.


Name Pronunciation

SMSU recognizes the power being called by your correctly pronounced name has in creating an inclusive, welcoming, respectful space. To aid judges and awards readers, please provide student name pronunciation through Speechwire. Depending upon Speechwire service availability, tournament staff will attempt to make name pronunciations available on cover ballots for judges.


Open Door Policy

SMSU is committed to providing safe performance spaces for all competitors and judges. We acknowledge the art of performance may be a healing process and/or an opportunity to speak on important, personal topics. As a performer, it is impossible to know all the ways in which content or a performance may unintentionally harm or trigger members of your audience. To better serve the wellness of the forensic community, we will be using an “open door” practice for this tournament.


Judges will be evaluating potentially triggering performances within their home spaces. This means we need to take even more steps to protect their well-being. We strongly urge teams to include content warnings, and if a judge feels concerned about the triggering nature of performances in the assigned round, tournament staff will adjust the judging requirements.


Host Information

SMSU Student Competitors

The SMSU forensic team intends to enter SMSU students in the tournament. The unusual nature of this year means we do not have established norms and customs surrounding asynchronous tournaments. If you have concerns about the ethics of our students competing in the tournament, we will happily talk through the concerns. We want to abide by ethical considerations, and we are grateful for your conversation! SMSU students will not be entered to the individual or team sweepstakes.


Hired Judges

The hired judge pool will consist primarily of forensics alums and friends of the program.




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 Ben Walker | 1501 State Street (W9 available upon request)

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