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Indiana Forensic Association 2022 State Championship

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Details will be updated soon and will certainly be included in the follow-up information after the entry deadline passes. Many thanks to Stephanie and the University of Indianapolis for their flexibility as hosts, as well as to all of you!
Indiana Forensic Association
2022 State Championship Tournament
December 8th, 2021
Dear Friends,
You and your teams are cordially invited to compete in the 40th Annual Indiana State Speech Tournament and the 11th Annual Indiana State Debate Tournament. This year, our tournament is synchronous virtual with the Individual Events portion on Saturday, February 19th and the Debate portion occurring on Sunday, February 20th.
With novice divisions in every event, a limited number of entries, and an accessible community of helpful coaches from around the state, these contests are a great opportunity for students to experience speech and debate for the first time. The tournaments are open to all undergraduate students, regardless of whether your school has an organized forensics program. We invite you to enter any students interested in public speaking, debate, or acting. We’ll also waive entry fees for new or student-run programs upon request. Every school that attends will receive a sweepstakes trophy. Navigating the registration process and rules for these events can, at first, seem a bit daunting. If you’d like to learn more about how to participate in the speech and debate tournaments, please contact Dr. Stephanie Wideman (widemans@uindy.edu). 
Our state has a long, distinguished history of intercollegiate forensic competition. Our first collegiate oratorical association was formed by six of our universities in 1874 (Asbury, Butler, Hanover, Indiana, Purdue, and Wabash). They held an annual oratory contest, and the winning student qualified to attend the Interstate Oratory Association competition, which began that same year. That contest continues to this day, and the top two speakers in the event Persuasive Speaking at our tournament will qualify to represent the state of Indiana at the Interstate Oratory tournament.
In addition to these speech and debate contests, we sponsor a scholarly paper competition for student work in communication or a related discipline. Please note: Submissions for the paper contest are due by February 1st. All other entries for the tournaments are due on Tuesday, February, 15th, at 5pm.
This invitation reviews the events offered, registration process, and schedule. A detailed description of each of the events and their rules is also provided. Please note, too, that the annual meeting of the Indiana Forensic Association will be held during the lunch hour at the tournament on Saturday. All speech and debate coaches are invited to attend. We look forward to seeing you in February!
Ashley, Drew & Stephanie
Ashley Coker Tournament Director for Individual Events acoker@bsu.edu
Drew Stewart Tournament Director for Debate dstewart@marian.edu
Stephanie Wideman IFA President widemans@uindy.edu 
Overview of the Individual Events
Group A Speech Events: 
Extemporaneous Speaking (Varsity and Novice)
Prose Interpretation (Varsity and Novice)
Informative Speaking (Varsity and Novice)
Dramatic Interpretation (Varsity and Novice)
Rhetorical Criticism (Varsity and Novice)
Programmed Oral Interpretation (Varsity and Novice)
Group B Speech Events: 
Impromptu Speaking (Varsity and Novice)
Poetry Interpretation (Varsity and Novice)
Persuasive Speaking (Varsity and Novice)
After Dinner Speaking (Varsity and Novice)
Duo Interpretation (Varsity and Novice)
Cold Read Monologue (2022/2023 IFA Experimental Event, Open division only)
Slide Karaoke (2021/2022 IFA Experimental Event, Open division only)
*Each student may enter up to three events per group (cannot be QE in either flight).
*Each school may enter up to five students per event (across both divisions). For example, a team may enter up to five speakers in Informative Speaking—four varsity/one novice, two varsity/three novice, zero varsity/five novice, etc. For experimental events (Cold Read Monologue and Slide Karaoke), each school may enter up to three students. There is no novice division in these events (although novice competitors are more than welcome to enter! 
Highlights of the Rules:
1. Slide Karaoke and Cold Read Monologue descriptions/guidelines are listed below. All of the other speeh events follow NFA rules.
2. All material should be of each student’s own design and should not have been performed by that student in competition prior to the 2021-2022 academic year.
3. For Individual Events, we will use NFA-style scoring, tie-breaking, and tabulation procedures. Team sweeps will be calculated based on final round points only (unless prelims are required to break a tie). Novice and varsity count equally. All events, including the IFA experimental events (Public Narrative and Radio Speaking) will count toward team sweepstakes. 
4. Impromptu speaking will include a diversity of prompts by round as follows:
RD1-Quotations RD2-Single words FinalRD-Questions 
5. Extemp will feature questions about the State of Indiana in the final round.
6. Slide Karaoke: This is a limited preparation event rooted in a bit of role playing. The premise is that a presenter “can’t make it” to deliver their presentation and has asked our contestant to fill-in, last-minute. While the details of the speaking scenario (the event, the audience, the “theme”/guiding topic, etc) may change from round-to-round, the presenter will always remember to attach their slides but “forget” to attach their speaker’s notes—in other words, the contestant will use the communication from the original presenter along with their slides to craft the presentation. The slides will be abstract enough that the interpretation of them (and therefore, the content of the presentation) will be up to the contestant. There will be no specific knowledge required and no expectation of outside research, but contestants may use the internet during their prep time. Students may not add or change slides, but they are permitted to change the order, and they are permitted to skip/delete one slide if they wish. Contestants should expect to speak from a seated position (zoom meeting style) and use screen sharing to display the slides from their device. The prompt will be the same across all sections and speakers, so contestants will not see speakers who speak before them and are expected to maintain confidentiality during prep time. 
Time: 30 minute prep, 7 minute maximum speaking  
Provided prompt: powerpoint slides and a somewhat lengthy email explaining the scenario (example prompt available by email (acoker@bsu.edu)
7. Cold Read Monologue: This limited prep event draws also from oral interp skills. Contestants should strive to "land the role" as if at a casting audition by presenting a fully realized character and scene with convincing emotional expression while adhering to the provided script. Contestants will have 7 minutes to prepare and perform an approximately 4-minute scene, including a brief intro (e.g., "Hello, my name is ZZ- Bye, and today I will be reading for the part of [character] / reading from [title]"). Contestants will be given a paper copy iof the script; they are permitted to write on/mark up the script. Each round will offer scripts from a different genre (Rd. 1, drama; Rd. 2, television; Final, children's theater). Contestants will wait "in the wings" (outside the room) before prepping/speaking and when possible remain as audience members after speaking. Contestants may make creative use of the performance space and should follow stage directions if provided. They may use one chair as a prop; additional props and costumes are prohibited. 
IPDA Parliamentary Debate
IPDA Debate Structure:
Time Speech
5 minute 1st Affirmative Constructive
2 minute Negative-led Cross Examination
6 minute 1st Negative Constructive
2 minute Affirmative-led Cross Examination
3 minute Affirmative Rebuttal
5 minute Negative Rebuttal
3 minute Affirmative Summary

The tournament will offer Novice and Open divisions where entries warrant. IPDA will abide by rules & guidelines within the IPDA Constitution. This division is open to individuals. We will follow IPDA Constitution rules. Each school may enter up to five individual IPDA debaters in varsity and novice divisions.

Judge Feedback & Disclosure: During prelims, judges should not give oral feedback until ballots are submitted. We also ask that judges refrain from divulging the results of their prelim rounds. In outrounds, judge panels are free to disclose the results to the competitors and give minor oral feedback.

Resolution draw & strike: Students should report directly to their competition rooms to draw & strike resolutions. Students can begin striking resolutions without the judge present and must maintain their own prep times.

Format & Pairings: The tournament will offer 4 preliminary rounds of IPDA debate for Open and Novice with corresponding elimination rounds. Rounds 1 & 2 will be randomly matched. All subsequent prelim rounds will be high-low power matches.

Outrounds & Awards: Brackets will not be broken going into outrounds, we won’t protect competitors from the same school from being matched against each other. In this event, the team will be consulted to determine which competitor should advance. Speaker awards for novice & varsity will be announced before the 1st outround is posted. Outround participants/team awards will be announced after the final round.

Preparation time: Competitors are allowed to consult outside resources during prep time including, but not limited to: digital & print media, peers, coaches, etc.

Late Policy: If competitors are 7 minutes late after the round is set to begin, the judge in the round should assign them a loss for that round.

Scoring: School sweepstakes in debate will be based on points scored in debate events as outlined in the IFA constitution.

Tournament Schedule 
Saturday, February 19, 2022
7:30—8:15am Registration
8:15am Extemp Draw
8:45am Round 1A
9:45am Extemp Draw
10:15am Round 2 A
11:15am IFA Coaches Meeting (and Lunch Break) 
12:00pm SK Draw 
12:30pm Round 1B
1:30pm SK Draw 
2:00pm Round 2B
3:00pm Extemp Draw
3:30pm Finals A
4:30pm SK Draw
4:45pm Finals B
6:30pm Awards
Sunday, February 20, 2022
8:00—8:30am Registration
8:45am Topic Release
9:15am Debate Round 1 
10:15am Topic Release
10:45am Debate Round 2 
11:45am Topic Release
12:15pm Debate Round 3 
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Topic Release
2:30pm Debate Round 4 
3:45pm Topic Release
4:15pm Debate Quarterfinals
5:15pm Topic Release
5:45pm Debate Semifinals 
6:30pm Topic Release
7:00pm Debate Finals
ASAP Awards
Key Reminders for Coaches:
We will be using electronic ballots via speechwire for IEs. When entering judges, please include their email addresses in the space provided. Judges may want to use a laptop or tablet, but the ballot will also be accessible using one’s phone. 
Please register for both debate and speech contests at www.speechwire.com.
1. Entries are due by 5pm on Tuesday, February 15th. The tournament is listed as the
“Indiana Forensic Association Championship.”
2. Once you have entered your students and judges, Speechwire will calculate your
entry fee. Please note that this is only a preliminary calculation.
4. If you have any questions about how to register, contact Ashley Coker (acoker@bsu.edu; 765.729.3936)
Scholarship in Communication Paper Contest
Papers are due by February 1st. Please email submissions to Dr. Michael Baumann (mbaumann@marian.edu). Students are invited to submit an academic paper concerning any topic related to communication. The paper should reflect significant engagement with an academic discipline such as rhetorical studies, cultural studies, performance studies, or the social scientific study of human communicative behavior. Papers may emerge from work in class; they may not be previously published. Criteria for evaluation include the conception and justification of the project, facility with disciplinary literature, and articulation of a credible scholarly voice. Any student competing at one of the state tournaments is welcome to participate. The maximum length is 25 pages, double-spaced. Each team may enter a maximum of three students in the contest.
Lee Horn Award
A written nomination is required for the Lee Horn Award, due with the entry at 5 p.m. on
Tuesday, February 15th. Nominations should be sent to Ashley Coker (acoker@bsu.edu).  
Giving - reaching out to others – was one of Lee Horn’s strengths. The annual Lee Horn Award recognizes a student for helping others in this activity, maintaining a positive attitude, and modeling a personal commitment to improve their events. The tournament director will share the letters of nomination with coaches during the week of the tournament so that we can vote on the recipient at the state association coach’s meeting, held during lunch at the individual events tournament. Coaches who will not be present at the meeting (i.e. attending Sunday only) may submit their school’s vote to Ashley Coker (acoker@bsu.edu) in advance.  
Please bring as many judges as you can. We welcome “lay” judges, that is, members of the community who can offer constructive criticism, but may not have experienced with speech and debate. We can provide training for new judges at the tournament. You are required to bring one judge for every six entries in the speech events and one judge for every two debate entries. If you cannot bring enough judges to cover your entry, you will be charged an extra fee for the uncovered entries. And if you know of extra, clean judges that we can hire? Please ask them to contact Ashley Coker (acoker@bsu.edu), and/or use this form to sign up: https://forms.gle/AEEW71kFtRMc5gQN9
Entry Restrictions
Remember that each school may enter up to five students per speech event (three for the experimentals) and up to four teams in each division of debate. Each individual student can compete in up to three speech events in Group A and three speech events in Group B. According to our constitution, any alterations must be approved by a majority vote of the state association. 
Registration Fees
Each entry in a speech event costs $7. A duo counts as one entry. If the entry is uncovered, add $10. IPDA Individual entries cost $25. Each school in attendance will also pay a registration fee of $25. 
Drops from the tournament after the entry deadline will incur a fee. Each speech drop after noon on Wednesday costs $10 (in addition to the original entry fees described above); each speech judge drop costs $25 (in addition to any new uncovered fees that must be charged as a result). Dropping a debate team or judge after Wednesday at noon will result in a $50 fee. Name changes are free in debate.
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Please make your checks payable to “Indiana Forensic Association.” By Thursday (February 17th), you will receive an email with an invoice for the total registration fee. If you need this information sooner, please contact Ashley Coker (acoker@bsu.edu).
Who is a Novice?
In the speech events, novice divisions are reserved for students who have not competed in intercollegiate forensics prior to the 2021-2022 season. In Debate, a novice is any student competing in their first year of collegiate debate.
Awards will be presented to the top six competitors in all speech events, including the separate novice divisions. Awards will be presented to semi-finalists and finalists in each debate event as well as the top five speakers. Every school that participates in the State Speech Tournament or the State Debate Tournament will receive a team sweepstakes trophy.

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Email address: acoker@bsu.edu
Phone number: 765.729.3936

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