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Upstate 8 Conference Championship

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This is a High School tournament in Illinois.

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Hello, Upstate Eight Coaches!

The Royal Speech Team is excited to welcome you to the Upstate Eight Conference Championship held at Larkin High School (1475 Larkin Avenue, Elgin, IL 60123) on Saturday, January 29, 2022.


ENTRIES: Capped at 2 per category. Students cannot be triple-entered. Please do your best to finalize your entries as soon as possible. You can text me drops/adds from your bus as you travel to the tournament (630-450-5136). I may leave registration open so that you can go on Speechwire and make those drops/adds on your own from the bus.


JUDGES: All schools are required to bring three judges. (If you have more available, let me know!) Please note that your three judges must be paid by your school. The UEC pays for 15 judges hired by the host school. Your judges MUST be “clean," meaning your judges must not have connections to your students as they will most likely be judging your own students due to the size of the tournament. I am politely asking that any Speech alums you bring to judge are at least two Speech seasons removed from high school competition. I will have copies of the rules book for your judges, along with samples of quality critiques.



7:00 a.m.–Registration

7:30 a.m.–Judges Meeting

8:00 a.m.–Round 1A (Double-Judged): DDA, HI, IMP, OC, OD, OO, PR

8:30 a.m.—RS Prep

8:45 a.m.—ES Prep

9:15 a.m.—Round 1B (Double-Judged): DI, ES, HDA, INF, PO, RS, SOS

10:30 a.m.—RS Prep

10:45 a.m.—ES Prep

11:15 a.m.—Round 2 (Single-Judged): All Events

12:45 p.m.—RS Prep for Finals

1:00 p.m.—ES Prep for Finals

1:30 p.m.—Finals

3:30 p.m.—Awards

This is the schedule we have used for the past few years and it has seemed to work well... so why change things?? 


PREP: Radio and Extemp will prep for both prelims and again for finals. Also, if you or an assistant coach would like to run the prep room, let me know! I do not have a lot of knowledge in this area.




BUSSES: Please have your busses drop you off at the main entrance (Door 1) off of Larkin Avenue. Busses can park in the front parking lot.


TEAM SPACES: TBD, either in our commons or one of our gyms. Teams will be assigned their tables. Commons are right when you enter in the main entrance. To get to the gym, enter through the main entrance, go right, then go left through the commons and down the ramp. The gym will be on your left. When you enter, registration and the tab room will be to your right down the hallway. Food for judges and coaches will be served in the teacher’s lounge, which is left of the entrance. Signs will be posted throughout the building.


THEME: Of course we will have a themed Conference! Details coming soon… :)

Thank you and we hope you're as excited as we are about Conference!


Rebecca Weihofen (Peterson)

Larkin High School

Royal Speech Team Head Coach

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Rebecca Weihofen
Email address: rebeccapeterson@u-46.org
Phone number: 630-450-5136

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Larkin High School
1475 Larkin Avenue
Elgin, IL 60123

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