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KFA State Tournament 2022

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Dear KFA Colleagues,


Western Kentucky University cordially invites you to this year’s Kentucky Forensics Association State Tournament to be held virtually February 8-12, 2021.


The entry deadline is Monday, February 7, 2022 by 5:00 pm (CST). All entries and judges will be registered through speechwire.com. You must provide an email address for all judges. For any questions please contact Ganer Newman at ganer.newman@wku.edu.  Fees may be paid by check (payable to KFA). Awards will include:


Sweeps Awards:

▪ Awards for the top three large and small four-year schools in I.E.

▪ Awards for the top three large and small four-year schools in NPDA & IPDA debate ▪ Awards for the top community college in NPDA & IPDA debate and I.E.

▪ Grand Champion sweepstakes award


Individual I.E. Awards

▪ Quad certificates for the top six competitors entered in at least four I.E. events 

▪ Certificates for the top six competitors in I.E. events

▪ Certificates for the top novice in each I.E. event

▪ Certificate for top community college competitor in each I.E. event


NDPA & IPDA Debate Awards:

▪ Certificates for the top ten speakers in open and novice 

▪ Certificates for debate elims, through quarters


My team and I look forward to hosting you all at WKU in February! 


Ganer Newman


2022 KFA Tournament Entry Restrictions


Given the format of the tournament, there is no need for pattern restrictions between the debate and IE portions of the competition. Unlike typical years, IPDA debaters may enter Extemp and/ or Radio.


Given the asynchronous nature of the tournament, a single student can enter as many IE events as they like. 


As always, only 5 entries are permitted per event. Based on a rule change passed in the 2020 coaches’ meeting, teams may enter up to 10 students in IPDA. 


Debaters may compete in both NPDA and IPDA debate without limitations.

IPDA and NPDA debaters may enter any IE events, including limited prep events (Radio and Extemp).


2022 KFA Tournament Schedule (Debate)

All times Central Standard Time


Please see the "Tournament Schedule Tab" for the complete scedule.


Tournament Information


Parliamentary Debate


The resolutions for NPDA debate will be a mixture of policy, value, and fact. In accordance with KFA rules, an outside, non-KFA affiliated individual must write the NPDA debate topics. Flex time will be implemented for all rounds.


IPDA Public Debate

All divisions of public debate will follow IPDA rules and guidelines. Rules for IPDA public debate can be found at http://www.ipdadebate.info/constitution--bylaws.html. Speaking times will follow the standard 5-2-6- 2-3-5-3 time format with 30 minutes of preparation time before each round. Resolutions will follow the traditional IPDA strike system and vary between value, policy, and fact. Additionally, IPDA guidelines require that all elimination rounds are “flip” rounds, even if the competitors have met each previously in competition. Further IPDA guidelines can be found here: http://www.ipdadebate.info/uploads/4/9/8/1/4981933/guide_to_a_typical_ipda_tournament.pdf

IPDA debate will run as its own flight on Friday and will not interfere with NPDA debate.

On Saturday, students entered in IPDA will be able to enter only two non-radio/extemp individual events in the respective flights. IPDA Students will not be permitted to enter radio or extemporaneous speaking, but may compete in all other I.E. events and NPDA.


2022 KFA Fee Information


A flat $25 tech fee will be charged for each team competing at the 2021 KFA State Tournament. These fees will be used to support the platforms necessary to host the virtual competition.

KFA Membership Fee: $40.00 (per school)


Individual Event Entries: $10.00 (per entry)

IPDA Debate Entries: $35.00 (per entry)

NPDA Debate Entries: $60.00 (per team)                                             

Uncovered Individual Event Entries: $10.00 (plus entry)

Uncovered IPDA Debate Entries: $35.00 (plus entry)

Uncovered NPDA Debate Entries: $60.00 (plus entry)                       

Dropped Judges: $60.00 (per judge)

NPDA Debate Team Drops after Monday February 7th, 2021 at 5:00 pm (CST): $75.00 (per team)

IPDA Debate Drops after Monday February 7th, 2021 at 5:00 pm (CST): $50.00 (per entry)




Judge will cover six individual event entries and two parliamentary debate entries, or one judge may cover two IPDA debate entries and two parliamentary debate teams.


Judges cannot simultaneously cover IPDA debate and individual event entries.


Please email or call with any questions! 





All thirteen individual events will use KFA rules for competition unless otherwise indicated. (See LP)


Competitors will provide videos of their performances which will be judged asynchronously.


How to provide your video?

Our individual events tournament will be conducted asynchronously. Students should record their video, then upload it to their own private (or a team) youtube channel. Once uploaded, students can adjust the video setting to “unlisted.” This will make the video un-searchable, but still viewable to anyone with the link (url.)


We will be using these standards for videos: 

Students are only allowed one mic and one speaker.

Duo partners will be allowed to perform in the same room for filming.


When registering for the tournament, Speechwire will provide a space to enter a student name and event. You can add the url for their video in a separate tab after their names and events have been entered. 


When judges retrieve their eballots, those links will be provided to them.


These links will also be provided to other competitors in the round. To access these links, coaches will need to register their students on speechwire.com. Due to privacy concerns, only judges and students participating in a specific round will have access to video links for that round. Please do not share these links out of respect for the performers.


The same video will be used for all rounds: 2 preliminary rounds and finals.


Preliminary rounds will be judged on Wednesday and Thursday. Final rounds will be judged on Friday and Saturday. 


A live streamed awards ceremony will occur on Saturday night at the conclusion of Debate finals. We are aiming for 7:30PM. 



Competitor videos only need to be set on “unlisted” for the duration of the tournament. After the tournament is over, competitors can adjust their video setting to “private” ensuring the link will no longer provide access to the video.


How will Limited Prep work?


All LP prompts will be released 3 days before registration is due. (We will post prompts at noon (CST) on Friday, February 4th. They will be available at the very bottom of this document. Videos must be submitted by 5:00 (CST) on Monday, February 7th.) 


Extemp prompts will consist of questions. Students can choose any question from the provided options. From the moment of selection students will have 30 minutes to prepare and then must immediately perform and record their speech with a 7 minute time limit. (Prep time does not need to be filmed.) 


Impromptu prompts will be quotations. Students can choose any quotation from the provided options. From the moment of selection, students will have 7 minutes to prepare, perform and record their presentation. (Prep time does not need to be filmed.) 


Editorial Impromptuers will get one editorial to prep. From the moment of selection, students will have 9 minutes to prepare, perform and record their presentation. (Prep time does not need to be filmed.) 


Broadcasting Participants will receive one packet. They will have 30 minutes to prepare, perform and record their presentation with a five minute time limit. (Prep time does not need to be filmed.)

All material used in the broadcast will be provided by the tournament except for any hypothetical station call letters, time and current weather conditions or forecast and no more than one commercial (maximum 30 seconds). Judges should not watch the contestant during the speech as visible components of the performance are not considered in ranking. 


We are using the honor system here. We are confident that our community will maintain the highest ethical standards in these difficult circumstances. We are providing a 3 day period so there is plenty of time to deal with any technical challenges that may arise. The video url must be provided (by way of speechwire) before the close of the 3 day period. 


The 1 provided video will be judged in preliminary rounds 1 and 2, and then again in Finals if that student advances.


IE Judging Expectations:


Once we have all entries/videos registered, we will create the tournament on Tuesday night. All judges should expect the ability to access their ballots by Wednesday morning at 9:00AM. Links can be found at live.speechwire.com. All judges will need to create an account/register with speechwire.com Judges are expected to watch their rounds, provide feedback and rankings. We would like for e-ballots to be returned to us as soon as possible. However, judges will have until Thursday at 5:00PM to complete judging their assigned preliminary rounds. Friday morning final rounds will be released. Judges will have until Saturday at 5:00PM to complete judging their assigned final rounds. 





Debate postings will be on Speechwire.  Live debates will be hosted in a Zoom Room using the main room as a topic announce and breakout rooms as competition spaces.  


A live document will be sent out the week before the tournament with additional information.  


Zoom meeting rooms will be private and sent to teams with students/judges in the debates.  Observers are allowed, but will be required to appropriately identify themselves.  



What are the technology requirements?

A device that can access the internet with a microphone and a web camera.


Will teams have tournament provided squad rooms?

Yes!  Each registered school will have a tournament provided squad room accessible in the Zoom space.


Will the tournament include community spaces?

Yes, we will provide a common room, and also team rooms.  If there are additional needs please follow up.



LP Prompts are below:











Impromptu Prompts (Pick 1)

"No one has a right. You have to take a right, or stop it from being taken from you."  - John Dutton on Yellowstone

 “Stick with the strongest team. That’s the only way.” - Pink suit man on Squid Game

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” - Irish Proverb

"We don't half ass, we give it our whole ass."  - Jess King, Pelaton Instructor

“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.”  - Actress Betty White

"You cannot fan the flames and condemn the fire." - KY Governor, Andy Beshear




















Extemp Questions (Pick 1)


Ron DeSantis: Will the Florida Governor emerge as the leading GOP candidate for President in 2024? 

The Federal Reserve: Will their planned interest rate hikes slow inflation?

Child Tax Credits: Should they be restored in order to combat child poverty?

Mexico: Should AMLO adopt stricter strategies to battle Cartel violence?

Guantanamo Bay:  Should the U.S. Military  shut down the detainee camp for good?

Boris Johnson: Have Britons tired of his mismanagement of the Covid Crisis?


















Kentucky Today

FIRST-PERSON: Oppression and the Olympics


The opening ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics are Friday. Like many around the world, I love gathering with friends and family to cheer on the athletes representing my country. The Olympics are supposed to bring people together, but as Josh Rogin writes, “the Beijing Olympics has become an exercise in genocide denial.”

China’s human rights abuses

For years, the Chinese Communist Party has perpetrated human rights abuses against ethnic and religious minorities, but since 2017, the CCP has waged a systematic war of persecution against the Uyghur people, a predominantly Turkic-speaking ethnic group in Xinjiang. Uyghurs are subjected to totalitarian tactics that include pervasive surveillance, forced detainment and placement into internment camps for “political reeducation,” forced labor, forced birth control, sterilization or abortion, rape, physical and psychological torture, and forced organ harvesting. Estimates vary, but experts believe that China has detained between 1 million and 3 million Uyghur people in these facilities.

At the beginning of 2021, the United States announced an official genocide determination, making it the first country to adopt these terms to describe the CCP’s unconscionable human rights abuses in its far northwest. Since then, a number of countries have passed nonbinding motions, including Canada, the United Kingdom, the Dutch parliament, Lithuania and France.

How should we respond?

The U.S. and a handful of other nations have announced diplomatic boycotts, meaning that no government officials will attend the games, but athletes will still participate under the respective countries’ flag. While this step is commendable, the U.S. should have exerted stronger leadership and called for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to move the Olympics away from Beijing or led a global effort to call on other governments to diplomatically boycott the Olympics.

NBC, the exclusive broadcaster of the Olympic Games in the United States, should use its unique position to highlight the ongoing human rights abuses and genocide of the Uyghur people happening in China and firmly refuse to broadcast Chinese propaganda. NBC has a unique opportunity and responsibility to correctly frame what viewers are seeing and provide context that includes the ongoing abuses in China happening outside the games.

Many of us are able to boldly use our voices and platforms to express our thoughts without fear of persecution from our government, and we can and should use this opportunity to educate others on how the CCP is perpetuating a genocide against millions and advocate on behalf of those imprisoned and subjected to forced labor.









Radio Packet: Due to its size you can find the packet at this link:








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