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Take One: Asynchronous Warm-up Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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Please join us for TAKE ONE: ASYNCHRONOUS WARM UP TOURNAMENT on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Open to all Wisconsin high school forensics programs!

This low-cost asynchronous tournament is designed to be an entry-level, warm-up tournament, welcoming competitors at any stage of preparation.  

There will be four preliminary rounds and no final (power) round for this asynchronous tournament.  Final placings will be determined by cumulative student placement in the four asynchronous preliminary rounds.  This gives coaches and judges more flexibility to complete their assigned rounds, and eliminates the need for judges to be present for a time-sensitive power round on Saturday afternoon.  


Limited Prep Prompts (Posted 1/16)

Prompts for extemp, radio, and impromptu can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W9xsgz34TxFo2cjgj-gmceviR2Mjpy3uQmFW78u10Ls/edit

Students in LP should record ONE video per entry.



WFCA rules will be used for all events (For a list of rules see www.wfcaforensics.org) with the following modifications:

- All speech categories, including oratorical declamation, may use notes.  Notes may be on paper or read from phone, tablet, or chromebook/laptop.  

-Solo Actors will be allowed to use a chair

- Group categories (duo, group interp, play acting, and demo if an assistant is used) may perform from the same space with masking according to local restrictions. (for example, Dane County rules allow vaccinated people to remove masks indoors if all participants are vaccinated).

- Triple entry is allowed


Videos must be uploaded to YouTube as UNLISTED and the links added with the entry. All videos should be named with student’s LAST NAME ONLY and EVENT: Dahlgren, Radio. For OIL and Storytelling, also include whether the video is prose, poetry or the story that they are telling: Dahlgren, OIL, Prose. This will make it easier for judges to know which video they are watching while judging. 

Please advise your students that the background, lighting, and sound quality will not be judged; however, they should try to find a quiet place to record. All videos must be done in a single take with no editing, single camera, single microphone. The same video performance will be used for all four rounds. 


Please enter storytelling videos in the following order:

Video 1: A story about science and/or exploration

Video 2: A story about resilience

Video 3: A story about nature and/or weather

Video 4: Storyteller's choice: Please submit a second link of the student's preferred video for the fourth round

Please enter OIL as 

Video 1: Poetry

Video 2: Prose 

Tournament Schedule

Monday, January 17

Limited Prep (EXT, IMP, RADIO), prompts posted to SpeechWire, and emailed to coaches marked as “attending” at that time.

Friday, January 21

8pm: Student and Judge Entry Deadline; Links due to SpeechWire; A registration confirmation will be emailed out after registration closes. Coaches can also view their own up-to-the minute fees, as well as manage their own drops on Speechwire.com.

9pm or ASAP: All rounds blasted out to judges. Rounds also posted to SpeechWire

Saturday, January 22

4pm Ballots due

By 6pm: Results sent to coaches

Please note: There will be no awards presentation.  Coaches are welcome to hold an individual team celebration using the results packet.  


Rule Violations and Ballot Push Criteria

Please reach out to Anna-Lisa Dahlgren via email (amdahlg@sunprairieschools) or text (608-712-5152) with any potential rule violations. 

Any preliminary round not started by 3:00pm cst on Saturday will be pushed to a standby judge. The team responsible for the “missed round” will be charged $50 per missed round. 


Limited Preparation

Students entered in Impromptu are expected to film both their prep time, and speech as one continuous, unedited video.  All limited prep competitors will submit only one video which will be judged in all four rounds. 

Students entered in Extemp and Radio should prep and record, and upload their speech within a 45-minute time frame.  They should only submit the spoken portion of their speech (students in Extemp and Radio do NOT need to record prep time) 



Each school must provide one judge for every five entries or portion of five entries. Each duo, group interp or play acting is considered one entry. Please try to bring your own quality judges. We will have hired judges available for you at a cost of $15 per uncovered entry.  


To maintain the low cost of this tournament, all finalists and top novices will be awarded certificates.  Certificates will be mailed the week following the tournament to the address listed in Speechwire. There will be no team awards given.  


A fee of $5.00 for each entry. Entry fees are per entry, not per student. Fees will be based on your confirmed entry.




-Note on Varsity/Novice designation: When prompted to enter a student’s division, please use varsity for all competitors EXCEPT those students in their FIRST year of high school forensics competition. Please mark these students as NOVICE. This will allow us to recognize top novice competitors at awards like we have in the past.

-If you encounter any problems with the online registration, don't hesitate to email amdahlg@sunprairieschools.org


We are looking forward to hosting this tournament so early in the season! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!


Anna-Lisa Dahlgren                                        

Head Coach, SPHS Forensics                  

Cell: 608-712-5152

E-Mail: amdahlg@sunprairieschools.org



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Anna-Lisa Dahlgren
Email address: amdahlg@sunprairieschools.org
Phone number: 608-712-5152

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Anna-Lisa Dahlgren / Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School
220 Kroncke Drive
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

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