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Texas Shuffle Swing - Friday/Saturday

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This is a College tournament in Texas.

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Dear Colleagues:

NOTE: New Judge Requirements for IPDA Judges – READ BELOW

The Texas Community College Forensics Association and San Jacinto College North invite you to the first inaugural Texas Shuffle Swing, February 11-13, 2022. Both tournaments will be held live on the campus of San Jacinto College North, Houston, Texas. Both halves of the swing are open to all intercollegiate competitors, but a separate final will be held in all qualifying events for community college competitors. The tournament will offer NPDA and IPDA, in addition to all 11 AFA-NIET individual events on Friday/Saturday and another individual events tournament on Sunday. 

On Friday, 5 rounds of NPDA debate will be offered with quarters (or semis) on Friday as well.  Semis (or finals) will be held on Saturday night if necessary. We will follow all NPDA rules and procedures.  Additionally, 4 rounds of IPDA will be offered on Saturday.  Competitors in IPDA will not be able to cross enter in individual events on Saturday because the event will be flighted.  We will follow all Phi Rho Pi IPDA rules and procedures. 

Saturday and Sunday will each be a self-contained IE tournament, with all 11 AFA-NIET Individual Events.  We will follow all AFA rules.  No prepared event may have been used in competition prior to this academic year.

ENTRIES: Entries will be registered through SpeechWire.  Fees will be calculated at 12:00pm on Tuesday March 8, 2022.  Adds or drops after 5:00pm on Wednesday March 9th are subject to regular fees as assessed on the 8th plus a nuisance fee of $10. There is no limit on the number of students a school may enter per event. Students may enter no more than three events per pattern. Students entered in multiple events are responsible for attending all events within the prescribed time allotments, and judges will not wait past the scheduled times for students who are delayed due to being cross entered.

JUDGES: We ask that schools work as hard as they can to provide exceptional judges to cover their events.  One judge can cover four (4) individual events slots per pattern for a total of 8 slots across the two patterns. Each debate judge covers two (2) Parli debate teams.  For IPDA, because of flighting, we request:

1 entry = 1 judge

2-3 entries = 2 judges

4-5 entries = 3 judges

6-7 entries =  4 judges

A limited number of hired judges will be available for uncovered slots/teams. Note: A judge cannot be counted for both IPDA and Individual Events. For the Saturday portion of the swing, please designate your judges as either an individual event judge or an IPDA judge.  The tournament reserves the right to place judges in events they have not been designated to judge in order for the tournament to run on time. NPDA judges are obligated for one round beyond their team’s eliminations.  For all other events, judges are obligated through the end of the tournament on each day.

 

FEES: Debate entry fees for the tournament are $50 entry.  Debate judging fees are $75.00 per uncovered team.   IE entry fees for the tournament are $12.00 per slot per half. Each judge, as previously mentioned, covers four (4) individual event slots per pattern. Hired judges are an additional $15.00 per uncovered slot. Schools which drop judges after Wednesday March 9th at 5:00 PM will incur a $100.00 nuisance fee plus all fees for uncovered slots/teams. Fees may be paid by Zelle but we strongly prefer a check made out for both halves of the tournament payable to Floyd McConnell. 

 

DIVISIONS: The first half of the Swing will also serve as the Championship Tournament for the Texas Community College Forensics Association. Community college students will compete in the Open Division for all events.  They will advance to out rounds as normal. The top six competitors will be given TCCFA awards based on the following format:

  1. If only one competitor in an event, that student automatically wins first for TCCFA.
  2. If two or more competitors are entered, any competitors that qualify for the Open final round will be given the highest TCCFA awards. (Example: A CC student places 3rd in Open will also be 1st in TCCFA and if another CC student was in Open finals placing 5th, they would also win 2nd in TCCFA.)
  3. Other CC students entered in the tournament would have a separate final with one judge.  (Example: Two CC students were in Open finals and there were 4 other CC students in the same event.  The CC students not in Open Finals would be in the TCCFA finals and would be competing for places 3-6.)
  4. Two different sets of sweepstakes awards (Debate, Individual Events, Overall. Top Speaker) will be given: one for the Open Division and one for TCCFA (community college students only).

We look forward to seeing you and your team in Houston in February!

Respectfully,

M’Liss S. Hindman                                                       Floyd McConnell, President

PRP Region 6 Governor                                               Texas Community College Forensics Assoc.

Director of Forensics                                                   Director of Forensics

Tyler Junior College                                                    San Jacinto College North Campus

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Email address: jblacklock@alamo.edu
Phone number: 3618161455

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