Home     LIVE!     Features     Order     Calendar     Results     Your account     Manager login         

UW-Whitewater Speech Bowl

RegistrationGeneral informationSchematicsFiles for downloadTournament scheduleFeesFinal

General information

This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

View manager contact information

The forensics team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is excited to welcome high school forensics teams back to the campus for the 2022 Speech Bowl! The tournament will be hosted on Saturday March 12, 2022. Please see each section below for all the details including schedule, COVID precautions and more.



6:57am   Deadline to text in drops (Kevin Hill’s cell: 630-624-6740)

7:45am   Registration opens, University Center lobby

8:15am   Judges Meeting, University Center Ballroom, Second Floor

8:30am   Extemp/Radio draw begins.

Radio and EXT draws in Hyland 2101

9:00am   Round 1

9:45am   Extemp/Radio draw.

Radio and EXT draws in Hyland 2101

10:15am  Round 2

11:00am  Extemp/Radio draw.

Radio and EXT draws in Hyland 2101

11:30am  Round 3

11:30am  Preordered Boxed Lunches Available

ASAP      Finals, Hyland Hall & University Center (all judges on standby)

ASAP      Awards, University Center, Hamilton Room first floor


COVID PRECAUTIONS (as of 3/5/2022)

  • WFCA COVID guidance will be followed to the greatest extent possible.
  • Masks are required for all participants, except while performing (updated 3/5/22) 
  • No audience members besides judge(s) and those competing in that specific room
  • Teams will be assigned a room in Winther or Upham Halls for morning warm-ups, and lunch. At this time we anticipate using the homerooms for preliminary rounds. Home room assignments will be emailed out a day or two before the tournament.
  • Pre-boxed lunches will be available for pre-order (orders due March 3, 2022)
  • All ballots will be virtual (live.speechwire.com). No paper ballots will be used.
  • UWW Forensics will maintain a record of competition groupings for contact tracing

*Precautions subject to change based on WFCA, UW-W, Wisconsin and local health guidance and the ever changing situation.



We plan to have an in-person award ceremony in the UC Hamilton room as we have done in years past. We will do our best to encourage teams to space out. Masks required.



On tournament day, please confirm no later than 6:57am (or your earliest possible chance; prior to this is even better) by texting 630-624-6740. Checking in via text on tournament day is essential for a smooth start to the tournament. In the text, please note the team name, event, and the name of the student dropping.



Please make checks payable to "UW-W Forensics". Checks processed after the tournament can be mailed to UW-Whitewater, c/o Brian Schanen Heide Hall 424, 800 W. Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190

We will also accept credit cards via Square. Please let us know if you would like to go this route, and we will email you a link to pay that way.



  • Thursday March 3 5:00pm - Box lunch order deadline, per campus dining policy
  • Wednesday March 9 5:00pm - Deadline to mark team as attending on SpeechWire
  • Friday March 11, 9:00am - Drop and add deadline, any drops after this point will still be charged the event entry fee.
  • Saturday March 12 6:57am - Text any drops or all present to: Kevin Hill 630-624-6740



All buses must drop-off in Lot 14 at the intersection of Prairie Street and Starin Rd. Enter Lot 14 on Starin Road. Exit Lot 14 onto Prairie Street. During the day, all lots are open for parking. Pick-up is encouraged for the same location. Entering “UWW Lot 14” into Google Maps will take you directly there. Bus drop off will be near the home room locations.



All campus lots are open during the tournament. Cars can park in any lot without penalty (do not add money to meters). We suggest parking in Lot 7 on Starin Road behind the Visitors Center (small building with a blue roof). Lot 7 can be found on Google as “Starin Road Lot.” A GPS address for this lot is 809 W. Starin Rd, Whitewater.



Teams can and should manage their own adds, drops, and name changes on Speechwire.com until 9:00am, Friday, March 11th. After that point on Friday, email your drops immediately to SchanenBH13@uww.edu at your earliest chance.  There is no penalty for drops received by 9:00am, March 11th. Entries dropped after that time will still be charged.


Day of tournament drops are strongly discouraged and may impact the start time and/or the equal balance of entries across sections. Please share this information with your students and judges. On tournament day, please confirm no later than 6:57am (or your earliest possible chance; prior to this is even better) by texting 630-624-6740. Checking in via text on tournament day is essential for a smooth start to the tournament. In the text, please note the team name, event and name of the student dropping. 



In years past, our tournament has been attended by an even mix of schools from both major Wisconsin associations, as well as Illinois schools. Speech Bowl will employ the most current WFCA Handbook Rules with modifications: (Allowance of one 4x6 notecard in Oratory; 8-minute performances in OIL will not be penalized; 4-minute performances in Informative will not be penalized; Solo Actors will be allowed to use a chair.) WHSFA and IHSA teams are sincerely welcome and strongly encouraged to attend.



The following pattern will be used in developing impromptu prompts.

Round 1: Quotations, Round 2: Abstract words, Round 3: Quotations, Final: Object



The following pattern will be used in developing extemp prompts.

Round 1: Domestic* political/social

Round 2: International political/social

Round 3: Domestic* & International Econ

Final: U.S. Foreign policy & International hotspot relations

*domestic will pull from both national and state



Direct all correspondence to Brian Schanen at SchanenBH13@uww.edu or Kevin Hill HillKA28@uww.edu. 



Demonstration, Duo, Extemp, Farrago, Group Interp, Moments, Informative (open & novice), Impromptu, Oral Interp, Oratory, Play acting, Poetry (open & novice), Prose (open & novice), Radio, Solo-Serious, Solo-Humorous, Special Occasion, Storytelling. 



We use several academic buildings all in the same area of campus. While we are using virtual ballots, each building will have a "helpdesk.” We will also do our best to schedule judges in the same building or neighboring buildings throughout the day.



The tournament is limited to a maximum of 500 entries. Entries are first come, first serve. A school’s top 25 scoring entries will count toward Team Sweepstakes awards. A school's top four entries in an event will count toward Team Sweepstakes but more than four entries per event are welcome. Double & triple entries are allowed. Students in Radio, Extemp, and Impromptu are allowed to double enter, but students in Radio and Extemp should compete in those respective events first in a given round. A student cannot double/tripple enter in both radio and extemp, but can double enter with radio and impromptu, or extemp and impromptu.



We love our novice competitors. It can be a challenge to get going in forensics. Please denote your novice students when entering. A novice is anyone who is in their first year of high school forensics competition.

*NEW for 2022* - Prose and Poetry will have a separate division for prelims and finals. So long as the number of entries warrant (greater than 8 entries in each open and novice). We will acknowledge the top novice at awards for all other events.



Individual Entries: $10 per entry. Duo, Group and Play are also $10 



Each school is required to supply one trusted judge for every five entries, or portion thereof. For example, fifteen entries require three judges. Sixteen entries requires four judges. Uncovered entries will be charged an additional 15.00 per entry. For example, two uncovered entries will be charged 30.00. This is an alternative to a flat hired judge fee and it will save your team money.

If a team drops a judge after 7am on tournament day, the team will need to immediately hire a replacement judge provided by the tournament for $100 and payment is due immediately at registration.

The tournament will use only SpeechWire Eballots.Wire



Prelims: 1) Cumulative rank, 2) Reciprocal, 3) Head-to-head (2-way tie only), 4) Most 1 ranks, if still tied, 2 ranks, then 3 ranks, then 4 ranks.

Finals: 1) Cumulative rank, 2) Judges Preference, 3) Reciprocal, 4) Cumulative ranks finals+prelims, 5) back through prelim tiebreakers 1-4.

Team Sweepstakes: 1) Total points or Points Per Entry (depending on division), 2) Total points or Points Per Entry (the opposite rule as applied to the first), 3), Number of first-place winners in finals, second-place, etc., 4) Number of 1 ranks in finals, 2 ranks and so-on.

Triathlon: 1) Highest total points, 2) Highest number of 1st-place awards in finals, 2nd-place, etc., 3) Highest total of events advancing to finals, 4) Best average rank in finals, 5) Best average rank across finals+prelims, 6) number of 1 ranks finals+prelims.



Tournament directors reserve the right to implement semi-finals in specific events. Specifically in events with greater than 50 entries.



  • Individual awards will be presented to all final round participants
  • Top 3 triathletes (entered in 3 events) will receive an award.
  • Team sweepstakes awards will be awarded to the top scoring schools overall in each division (small, medium and large). 
  • Divisions will be based upon entries as of 8:00am on tournament morning.The number of teams will be based upon the number of teams entering more than 3 entries.  
    • The largest 1/3 of teams based on the number of entries will be large teams
    • The middle 1/3 will be medium
    • Smallest 1/3 (with more than 3 entries) will be small teams.



Boxed lunches will be available at-cost for purchase by students, coaches, judges, etc., on Speechwire at the time or registration. The cost is $8.00 each. A boxed lunch includes a sandwich (either Turkey or Veggie), chips, fruit, and a water. Be sure to specify the quantity of each type of boxed lunch (Turkey or Veggie) on Speechwire, if any. On tournament day, boxed lunches will be distributed at the University Center. The order must be placed by 5pm on Thursday, March 3rd (per university dining requirements). Orders placed after this time can not be guaranteed.

Lunch orders must be received via Speechwire by 3/3 at 5pm. Unfortunately, changes or additions cannot be made to the lunch order after that date/time because the catering order is locked in with campus catering. At registration, your team's registration packet will include lunch tickets for their respective order, if any.



If you have a student or judge who needs special accommodations, please let us know in advance (ideally by 2/14) by emailing SchanenBH13@uww.edu. We can then make adjustments accordingly. 



We look forward to seeing you at the Speech Bowl!

Manager contact information


Brian Schanen

Email address: SchanenBH13@uww.edu

Phone number: 262-689-2335


Kevin Hill

Email address: HillKA28@uww.edu

Phone number: 630-624-6740


Mailing address

800 W. Main St.

Heide Hall 424, Brian Schanen

Whitewater, WI 53190


Manager contact information

Brian Schanen
Email address: SchanenBH13@uww.edu
Phone number:

Mailing address

800 W. Main St.
Heide Hall 424, Brian Schanen
Whitewater, WI 53190

SpeechWire Tournament Services - Copyright 2004-2024 Ben Stewart. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use - Privacy and Security Policy