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Oklahoma Forensics Association State Tournament

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This is a College tournament in Oklahoma.

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February 25th & 26th, 2022

Virtual – Hosted by OIFA Board


Forensics Colleagues and Friends,


We would like to invite you to the annual Oklahoma Forensics Association State Tournament to be held February 25th & 26th, 2021 virtually. The tournament offers IPDA debate synchronously (via Yaatly) on Saturday the 26th and IE’s asynchronously to be judged by Friday. The tournament will also offer an experimental event of Impromptu Haiku Poetry. See the invitation for event details. IPDA debate will offer four preliminary rounds breaking to semifinals on Saturday night. All divisions for competition will be open. This tournament is open to any college and university.


The tournament directors reserve the right to limit the number of entries from a school, and/or balance rounds with students from the same school in order to accommodate judging obligations from schools with large entries. All IE events with eight or less entries will be auto-finaled.


Please submit entries on Speechwire.com.  The entry, video submission, and drop deadline is 5 PM CST on February 22nd, 2021. Limited Prep prompts will be released the evening of Sunday, February 20th.


Tournament rules and schedule are on the following pages. 




Katie Stringer, MA & Katie Thomas, MA

Tournament Co-Directors and OFA Board Members

Directors of Forensics, Cameron University & Northeastern State University (respectively)











Tentative Schedule (all times listed are in Central Time)

Sunday, February 20th

Evening                       Limited prep prompts released

Tuesday, February 22nd

5:00 p.m.                     Ad & drop deadline via Speechwire / Videos due for all IE’s / Persuasive speaking manuscripts via email due (see below)

7:00 p.m.                     Ballots released for all prelim IE rounds

Thursday, February 24th  

5:00 p.m.                     Ballots due for all prelim IE rounds

Friday, February 25th  

8:00 p.m.                     Ballots due for all finals IE rounds

Saturday, February 26th  

8:30 a.m.                     Registration via Yaatly

9:00 a.m.                     IPDA Draw/Round 1

10:30 a.m.                   IPDA Draw/Round 2

12:30 p.m.                   IPDA Draw/Round 3

2:00 p.m.                     IPDA Draw/Round 4

3:30 p.m.                     IPDA Semis (if semis are not needed, we’ll jump straight to finals)

3:30 p.m.                     Coaches meeting (via Zoom: https://nsuok.zoom.us/j/92694573886)

5:00 p.m.                     IPDA Finals

7:30 p.m.                     (asap after finals) Awards (via Zoom: https://nsuok.zoom.us/j/99853750612)



OFA will recognize the top three speakers in any form of debate and those teams breaking to semifinals and beyond. IE’s will recognize the top six entries in each event. The top novice entry from each event will be recognized as Top Novice. The top entries from the state of Oklahoma will also be recognized as state champions. Sweepstakes awards will be given to the top three schools overall and the top three Oklahoma schools. Individual sweepstakes awards will recognize the top three students that compete in at least four IE events and debate. The top student in this category from the state of Oklahoma will receive the OFA Grand Championship Belt.


Rules for all events

*No speech or program used by the contestant in competition shall have been used prior to August 1st preceding the tournament.

*Speeches must be the original work of the student.

*AFA-NIET rules shall be followed for all individual events.

*Debate events shall follow the rules of the appropriate national association.  Debaters are expected to be in the virtual competition rooms at the end of prep time, and a late forfeiture rule will be enforced.

*The top two Oklahoma students in persuasive speaking will become the Oklahoma National Qualifiers for the Interstate Oratory Association (IOA) National Tournament. Rules for IOA require persuasive speaking manuscripts be submitted to the tournament director prior to competition (February 22nd at 5 p.m.) for review. IOA lists the following rules for competition:

1. The oration must be delivered without the aid of notes or manuscript.
2. No oration shall contain more than 1800 words. (Although no minimum word limit is established, a 1500 word minimum is suggested.)
3. For purposes of definition, quoted words are those written or spoken by a person other than the orator. Such quoted matter shall be limited to 20% of the total number of words in the oration. Direct discourse, dialogue or other stylistic devices within quotation marks created by the orator SHALL NOT be included in the 20% total.
4. All quoted materials shall be documented.
7. Copies of the oration should include footnote/endnotes and source material identification.


Impromptu Haiku Poetry

Students will receive two prompts from which to choose and will have a total time of three minutes to compose and perform their haiku. Creativity and humor are encouraged. This event is for fun so students should not feel compelled to topple the patriarchy, undo systematic racism, or be a voice for the voiceless in 17 syllables. An original introduction may be included to provide context.


haiku is traditionally a Japanese poem consisting of three short lines that do not rhyme. The three lines should consist of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables, respectively.



Please make every effort to cover your judging requirements.  Please know that OFA will provide a limited amount of hired judges (if needed) for the tournament.  Many of these judges will have limited forensics experience but will have undergone a limited training to ensure quality judges.



All rules for sweepstakes and tab will follow the Oklahoma Forensics Association (OFA) Constitution and By-Laws.


Tournament Fees

Make all checks payable to Northeastern State University – in the memo line, please note “Katie Thomas – Forensics Team”.

Northeastern State University attn: Katie Thomas – Forensics Team

600 N Grand Ave

Tahlequah, OK 74464


IE Entries                                            @$10 (one judge covers 6 slots)

Judge/Uncovered IE Entries               @$20

IPDA Entries                                      @$35 (one judge covers 2 debaters)

Judge/Uncovered IPDA Entries         @$50



Fees will be assessed at 5 PM on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022.  The following nuisance fees will be applied to changes after that time.  Debate drops $50; IE drops $25; judge drops $100 each. 






Manager contact information

Katie Thomas
Email address: thoma162@nsuok.edu
Phone number: 5404474684

Mailing address

600 N Grand Ave
Tahlequah, OK 74464

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