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Newark CFL #4

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This is a High School tournament in New Jersey.

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CFL 4 UPDATE!  Due to the current situation in our area, this tournament will be conducted virtually on NSDA Campus. It is our hope that we can return to in person tournaments for the remainder of the season, and we will keep you informed as soon as we have more information.

We will follow our league’s policy for uncovered judges and require a school to drop entries to meet their quota. Paying an uncovered judge fee will not be permitted.  A judge fine of $75 per round will be owed for judges who do not pick up their ballots or for judges not qualified to judge a round (for example a student judge not being indicated as such and judging Varsity rounds).

Reminder: Competitors in team events (Duo and Public Forum) may be on the same camera.

All information related to the tournament for coaches, judges, and students can be found in our Google Live Doc: https://speechwire.live/newarkcfl

Congress bills are due to me by January 17.

We will have our judge meeting at 8:15AM on January 22. ALL judges must be in attendance for this meeting. Any judge not in attendance will be presumed absent and dropped from the tournament. Details on the judge meeting location can be found on the Google Doc.

Please read the following:

1.    Make sure you create accounts for each of your students in Speechwire.  You will be unable to enter your students without them successfully creating and activating their accounts.  This video tutorial will walk you through the process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcGivaEKSuk 
We are unable to provide any support with student accounts! All inquiries must be sent to support@speechwire.com

2.    Once you have created accounts for your students, make sure they can login and subscribe to live updates. These updates tell students when schematics for rounds are posted and most importantly, tell students if they broke to elimination rounds.  
As we will not be in a cafeteria announcing elimination round participants, it is imperative students subscribe to updates so that they can be informed and not miss their round.  
This video by Ben Stewart of Speechwire is an excellent walkthrough for your students. Please share this with them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQgqptPqNtA

3.    PLEASE be proactive and share this video with your judges for each tournament so they know how to login to their Speechwire account (this will be created for them, you do not need to do anything after you provide their email address on the registration form) as well as how to receive their ballot, use it, and subscribe to updates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJXxeVS-KgM  

I guarantee that if judges do not watch this brief tutorial they will find judging the tournament difficult. This will result in a delayed tournament and a less than optimal experience for you, your students, and your fellow coaches and competitors. 

4.    Our virtual tournament rooms will be hosted on the NSDA Campus platform. GOOGLE CHROME IS THE ONLY BROWSER COMPATIBLE WITH NSDA CAMPUS!  

Students, coaches, and judges must test the microphone and camera they will be using on tournament day ahead of time. The website https://campus.speechanddebate.org has a Test Competition Room which can be used to test and explore.  

Please have everyone use this resource before the tournament to get familiar with how to use NSDA Campus, as well as to check system functionality. 

If you or your students are competing at your school, please confirm NSDA Campus still works this year. Over the summer many institutions update their hardware, software, and IT policies which may cause NSDA Campus to no longer work. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT TO DISCOVER YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPETE!

We do not have time on the day of the tournament to troubleshoot microphones and video cameras! This is something that must be done before the tournament to ensure a prompt and reasonable start and end time for the day. 

Students unable to resolve technical issues may be forced to be ranked last/forfeit the round and judges may be assessed a missed round fine.

5.    FOR EXTEMP ONLY:  The Speechwire platform allows for draw to be conducted via the student’s Speechwire account and the question will automatically be displayed on the judge’s ballot in the round.  For those curious, Ben Stewart of Speechwire has released a video showing how the process works for the student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhB9U1iQaLY&t=8m21s 

If you have any questions, contact me immediately!  Good luck!

Best,
John

Manager contact information

John Cierpial
Email address: john.cierpial@gmail.com
Phone number: 908-727-3290

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