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District VI Fall Qualifying Tournament

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This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a College tournament in Alabama.

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Zoom Rooms for D6:

Awards Ceremony (https://uasystem.zoom.us/j/83662360895)
Competition Rooms (EXCEPT EXT) (https://uasystem.zoom.us/j/9479715193?pwd=d29uRXJ4bjVUcngvZ1JEUWVMMmlLZz09)
D6 Student Meeting (https://uasystem.zoom.us/j/88262616166)
EXT Prep / EXT Competition (https://uasystem.zoom.us/j/84919863753)
Tab Room / D6 Coaches' Meeting (https://uasystem.zoom.us/j/83139734139)


AFA-NIET District 6 Fall Qualifying Tournament

November 13, 2021


Dear AFA-NIET District 6 Schools: 

The University of Alabama will host the AFA-NIET District 6 Fall Qualifying Tournament. This will be a one-day tournament held synchronously using Zoom in tandem with Speechwire. We will hold this event using Central Standard Time.

District 6 is comprised of the following states: AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN and Louisiana State University. Several schools have already paid their District 6 subscription fees for the AFA- NST. Subscription fees are $30 (before the December 1st deadline) and $50 (after the December 1st deadline) and can be paid directly on the AFA website or can be added to your school's entry fee at the district qualifying tournament registration. If you know of other programs in your state that would be interested in joining the AFA-NST, please encourage them to attend our district tournament or to contact me for more information. We want our district to be well represented at the 2022 AFA-NST. Be sure to check out the AFA-NST website at www.afa-niet.org for additional information and the coming invitation. 

We will be using Speechwire for entries, scheduling, and tabulation. To enter the tournament, please go to: www.speechwire.com. Also, because of the virtual nature of the tournament, please be sure that all of your students have activated Speechwire accounts and are listed in your Team Roster. If you have any questions about this year's district tournament or the national tournament, please don't hesitate to contact me. 


We look forward to seeing y’all, virtually, soon! 


Dr. Ben Pyle                                                    

District VI Chair                                                          

Assistant Professor, Director of the Alabama Forensic Council                     





District Six Qualifier Fall 2021 Tournament

Virtual Platforms: For this tournament, we will use multiple Zoom rooms for competition. Please be sure that you and your students have updated your Zoom apps with the most recent updates to ensure best connectivity and functionality. For ballots and schematics, we will use Speechwire, so please be sure that all students are “activated” on your team roster if they are competing. We will release more details about the process of the tournament closer to the day of the event.

Entries : All entries must be entered on Speechwire.com. There will be two preliminary rounds with finals. A school may not enter more than five students in each event. Material must not have been used by the student before September 1, 2021 Competitors may enter up to three events in a grouping. A STUDENT MAY NOT ENTER AN EVENT THAT HAS BEEN QUALIFIED FOR THE 2022 AFA-NIET THROUGH THE AT-LARGE QUALIFICATION METHOD--please see at-large qualification method below.

At Large Qualifications Process for the 2021-2022 competitive season: Two tournament placements used for qualification may not exceed a cumulative total of five (5), based on the following formula:

Up to six legs may be awarded in a final round, but no more than 50% of the competitors may earn legs in an event. The total number of entries will be rounded down.

# of entries in the event

# of legs earned

Places that earn legs









1st, 2nd



1st, 2nd, 3rd



1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th



1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th



1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th

District Qualification: The top three placements (or more based on entry size) automatically qualify for the AFA-NST. If an event receives its second leg to qualify at large, the district automatic qualification will move down to the next highest placing entry. However, if an event receives a district automatic qualification at the fall district tournament and later qualifies at large, the automatic qualification does not move down as is done at our Spring District Qualifier. Coaches, please make an effort to provide information about your students’ at-large quals available to the D6 Chair (Ben Pyle, bspyle@ua.edu) prior to, during, or immediately following this Fall District tournament so that we can expedite and recognize all of students who automatically qualify for the AFA NST at the Fall District Tournament.

Tournament Fees: $10 per individual event slot entered. Additional fees: $10.00 per slot not covered by a judge provided by your school; $20.00 per slot drop; $60.00 per judge drop.

Payment: You have multiple options for paying fees for this tournament. Payments can be made in the form of a check mailed to Ben Pyle, University of Alabama, Communication Studies Dept., Reese Phifer Hall Room 203, Box # 870172, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401.


Judges: All judges must be active coaching faculty, or graduate students, or persons with forensic experience. Hired judges who do not have forensics experience should attend the judges’ training provided by the tournament hosts. This session will take place via Zoom on Monday, November 8 at 5pm CST and will be recorded for anyone who cannot make it. All judges will be responsible for judging one round past the elimination round of their students -- this means all judges are obligated to judge events in both flights which go straight to finals. Each school will be expected to provide one judge for every six slots entered. To ensure that we can utilize judges from all schools, we reserve the right to schedule students from the same school in the same section if necessary. The cost for hired judges will be $10.00 per uncovered slot.

Deadlines: All entries must be received by 5:00 pm, CST, Monday, November 8, 2021. Drops only can be phoned in until Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 5pm CST. After this time, we will impose a late-drop fee of an additional $20.00 per slot dropped, and $60.00 per judge dropped. No additions past the deadline.


Virtual Tournament Standards of NST:

In order to count for qualification legs, tournaments that are held virtually under the NST health and safety provision must:

a. Restrict competitors to the use of a single camera and single microphone during a performance.

b. Physical audiences may be present during a performance (virtual audiences through the videoconferencing platform are welcome as well)

c. Competitors in Duo may compete together in the same physical space.

d. Promote editing practices that allow for simulation of a face-to-face environment (such as the use of visual aids and content warnings) while discouraging editing practices that would not be possible in a face-to-face environment (such as motion, video transitions, or audio manipulation)


Important tournament rooms

Extemp Prep - 201
Judges Lounge - 202
Student Gathering Area - 203
Tab Room - 204
Impromptu Prep - 205
Registration - 206

Manager contact information

Ben Pyle
Email address: bspyle@ua.edu
Phone number: 205-348-8077

Mailing address

Communication Studies Dept. Reese Phifer Hall Room 203
Box #870172
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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