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Madison West Forensics Open Tournament

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The Madison West High School Forensics team invites your team to our 11th annual invitational forensic tournament. It begins with online student congress on Friday, March 18 and speech events on Saturday, March 19.

Tournament Website: tinyurl.com/madisonwest22

Saturday Schedule

7:30-8:15  Registration
8:30        Radio/Extemp Draw Begins
8:30        Judges Meeting in the cafeteria
9:00        Round 1
10:10      Round 2
11:20      Round 3
1:15        Final Rounds Begin - Solo Humorous final in the Auditorium!

2:30        Awards in the Auditorium


WFCA rules will be used for all events (For a list of rules see www.wfcaforensics.org).

COVID-19 Mitigation

We are still in a pandemic, and we will run our tournament in the safest ways possible to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  All WFCA COVID mitigation requirements will be in effect.  This includes masks covering noses and mouths at all times, team rooms for before and after prelims, limited pre-packaged food availability, and distancing to the greatest extent possible in competition rooms and awards.  Note that the Madison school district requires masks to be worn at all times indoors, except while actively performing.  See the complete list of WFCA COVID mitigation requirements here: https://www2.wfcaforensics.org/images/pdf/2021-22_WFCA_Tournament_Requirements.pdf

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. You must enter the names and emails of all judges you are bringing into Speechwire.  All critiques and ballots will be submitted online, so all judges must have an account on live.speechwire.com and bring their own fully-charged laptop, chromebook or tablet, as we cannot provide them for everyone.  Please try to bring your own quality judges. Your judge commitment will be based on your entry as of Friday, March 18th.  ALL judges are committed to being available through final rounds. 

We may have a small number of hired judges available for you at a cost of $150 per judge, first come, first served.


Students are allowed to enter one or two events, but not both Extemp and Radio. The same material may not be used in separate events. 

Teams are capped at eight entries per event, 80 total entries.

Due to space constraints and social distancing requirements, we are limited to 200 total entries.  Please get your team entered early to avoid any last minute disappointment.

Trophies will be presented to the top three competitors in each event and medals to the remaining finalists. Individual placement of all finalists will be determined by their cumulative ranks through the preliminary rounds combined with their three ranks from the final round. 

Your top 25 entries will count toward team scores with a maximum of four entries counted per event. 

Team trophies will be awarded to the top three schools in these divisions:
Large Team: based on total points
Small Team: based on team average

• Please register via Speechwire.com by 5:00pm, Friday, March 11th. 
• There is no penalty for drops received by 3:30pm, Friday, March 18th.  Entries dropped after that time will still be charged, and your judge commitment will remain the same. 
• Coaches can manage their own drops on Speechwire.com until 3:30 PM, Friday, March 18th. After that point, email drops to jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us at your earliest possible convenience. 
• Day of tournament drops are strongly discouraged.  Make sure you have an updated cell phone number in Speechwire, so tournament personnel can contact you in case a member of your team fails to check-in by 8:00am.

A fee of $9.00 for each individual entry and $12 for group entries (Duo, Group Interp, Play Acting). Entry fees are per entry, not per student. Fees will be based on your confirmed entries as of 3:30 pm March 18.

COVID mitigation requirements prevent us from serving our usual concessions.  We encourage students and judges to bring their own lunches, snacks & beverages. 

Teams may also choose to order whole pizzas through Speechwire for lunch at the cost of $7 per pizza.  Place an order for whole pizzas no later than 8:00 PM on March 12, and they will be available to pick up in our cafeteria (along with paper plates and napkins for everyone) after round 3. Individual bottled water can also be included in your pizza order.  Additional beverages will be available in the cafeteria.  All food and drink should be taken to your team’s designated classroom.  There will be a limited amount of pre-packaged snacks available, but not the typical lunch fare.

The judge's lounge is in our library, which is undergoing a huge packing and moving process, so space is limited.  We will have coffee, donuts, snacks and pizza for our judges in the library.  If possible, we encourage coaches and judges to have lunch in their team's designated classroom.  

If you encounter any problems with the online registration, don't hesitate to email jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us.  

A registration confirmation will be emailed out after registration closes. Coaches can also view up-to-the minute fees on Speechwire.com.

Cars may park on the streets surrounding West High School, but be mindful of the neighbors’ driveways and of the signs indicating residential permits required.  There are a limited number of spaces in the staff lot behind the school, entered from Van Hise Street.

Buses may park on Speedway Avenue, to the southwest of the school, at the Regent Street and Highland Avenue intersection behind West.


On Friday night, we will host an online student congress via tabroom and NSDA Campus. Register here: madwestcongress.tabroom.com 
Check-in begins at 3:45.  The plan is for 2 sessions, beginning at 4:00.

Email legislation to Tim Scheffler, TimScheff@aol.com ,  by Monday, March 14.  The fee is $8 per student, and each school must supply one qualified congress judge. 

Register your congress entries using tabroom.  

We are looking forward to hosting you! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

John Rademacher
Coach, Madison West Forensics
Work: 608-204-3199
Cell: 608-335-4837
E-Mail: jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us

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Manager contact information

John Rademacher
Email address: jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us
Phone number: 608-335-4837

Mailing address

30 Ash St
Madison, WI 53726

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