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Oshkosh North Forensics Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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We’re back to host for Year 7!  We are holding an in-person tournament on February 19, 2022, and we invite you to participate!

We will offer three rounds of preliminary competition of all standard WFCA events, and if sufficient entries warrant, we will also offer Novice Prose and Poetry competitions (we historically have enough entries to offer robust varsity and novice competitions in both categories).  Since we understand the value of the power round learning experience, we will ensure a power round competition for all categories, even if it serves to only determine whom among the top three will be the day’s champion. 

And speaking of champions, we will be offering trophies to the top three finishers in all events and providing medals to all other finalists.  We will award trophies to the top three teams in three divisions.  We will determine divisions based on entries the week of the tournament.

We are running a WFCA tournament, but we invite both WFCA and WHSFA schools to attend! 

COVID-19 Mitigation: We will be following the WFCA COVID-19 Mitigation standards.  Additionally, we will have assigned seating sections in the auditorium for awards to encourage social distancing.  Please note, the WFCA guidelines require masks except when actively eating, drinking, or performing.

ENTRIES:  Teams may enter as many entries as they would like with up to the top 25 counting toward the team score (maximum 4 entries per category counting toward the team score).  Double entries are allowed in all categories, except Radio and Extemp entries may not enter in both categories due to scheduling constraints (but students may enter in one draw and one non-draw category, Extemp and Farrago, for example).  Triple-entries are not allowed.  Note: Novice Prose/Poetry are only open to students competing in their first year in high school forensics; not their first year in the category.    

RULESWFCA rules will apply in all events.  To accommodate the category differences between WFCA and WHSFA, Public Address competitors may enter as Oratory entries.  We will advise judges not to penalize speeches in Oratory that resemble WHSFA Public Address speeches.  But please note, no chairs in Group Interpretation or the solo acting categories are allowed.  We will also be observing the 10-minute time limit for Group Interpretation and Play Acting.  We will not disqualify students in the speech categories who use notes, regardless if using more than one note card.  However, the use of notes is subject to critique.

JUDGES:  Please provide one qualified judge for every five entries or fraction thereof.  If you are short on judges, you may hire one of our independent extra judges at a rate of $120/judge.  You must provide the number of judges you indicate on your original entry as of February 18 at 10:00 A.M. and any additional judges to accommodate any late adds. NOTE: The WFCA COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines recommend e-balloting.  Your judges should come with their own laptop/tablet/Chromebook to judge. If this is an issue for your judges, please contact us ahead of time so that we may accommodate.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Tuesday, February 15 at 5:00 P.M. via Speechwire.com.  Coaches should manage drops on Speechwire through 10:00 A.M. on Friday, February 18.  Entry fees will apply to any drops after this deadline. 

CONFIRMATION:  We will send you a confirmation e-mail the week of the tournament.  Each team will need to confirm their entries with us via text by 7:15 A.M. on Saturday morning so we can accommodate any last-minute changes while keeping the tournament on time!  We will only allow day-of adds if competition space and schedule availability allow.

FEES:  $10 per individual entry and $15 for each group entry (Duo, Group Interpretation, and Play Acting) as of your team’s registration on Speechwire through 10:00 A.M. on Friday, February 18.  Please make checks payable to Oshkosh North Forensics.  Registration fees will still apply to any entries dropped after 10:00 A.M. on Friday.

FOOD:  We will provide more information closer to the date of the tournament.  We intend, at minimum, to have a pre-purchased lunch option available for students and will be providing breakfast and lunch items to coaches and judges in a manner that will not involve a buffet line.

ACCESSIBILITY:  Please let us know if any students or judges require special accessibility needs, and we will be happy to accommodate. 

QUESTIONS?: Contact Mike Wagner at (920) 203-8055 (cell) or oshkoshnorthforensics@gmail.com (note, I likely will not be able to respond to you until after 5:00 P.M. on most days, except the week of the tournament).

Schedule          -           Saturday, February 19

Prior to 7:15………..Text-in confirmation

7:30-8:15…………….Registration

8:15…………………….Radio/Extemp Draw

8:45…………………….Round 1, All Events

10:00…………………..Round 2, All Events

11:15…………………..Round 3, All events

1:15…………………….Power Rounds

2:45…………………….Awards

 

We look forward to hosting your team and providing a professional and enjoyable day of forensics!  We do this activity because we want to offer students the ability to participate and succeed.  During this very unusual pandemic epoch, we ask that you extend grace and flexibility as we chart a course through sometimes rough waters, and we will do the same for you.

Regards,

 

Laury Krause                                       Mike Wagner

Forensics Coordinator                       Tournament Director

 

 

Manager contact information

Mike Wagner and Laury Krause
Email address: oshkoshnorthforensics@gmail.com
Phone number: (920) 424-7000 ex. 2771

Mailing address

1100 W. Smith Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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