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Virginia Is for Lovers


Virginia is for Lovers

Spring 2021 Swing





The teams from George Mason University and James Madison University cordially invite you and your students to attend the “Virginia is for Lovers” spring swing, February 8-12, 2022. We’ll host an asynchronous tournament February 8-11 and a synchronous tournament February 12 on Yaatly. Registration for both tournaments will be conducted on SpeechWire. We will offer all 11 AFA-NST events at both halves of the swing. More information about the tournaments is provided below.


We hope you will join us for what will surely be a fun, informative, and competitive event! See you virtually in February!





Mallory Marsh                                                Dawn Lowry

James Madison University                             George Mason University

marshml@jmu.edu                                         dlowry4@gmu.edu

                                                                                    (309) 370-2911          







All times listed are in Eastern Time (EST). The schedules are subject to change as needs arise.




LP Prompts Released

Friday, February 4

5 pm

Registration Deadline

(Video links must be submitted at this time)

Tuesday, February 8

6 pm

Preliminary Round Ballots Released

Tuesday, February 8

7 pm
(or asap)

Preliminary Round Ballots Due

Thursday, February 10


Final Round Ballots Released

Thursday, February 10

2 pm

(or asap)

Final Round Ballots Due

Friday, February 11

2 pm

Synchronous Awards on Zoom

Friday, February 11

6 pm





10:00 – 10:30 am        Registration

10:30   am                   Extemp Draw

11:00   am                   IA (Extemp/POI/Duo/Pers/Info/Prose)

12:15   pm                   IB (Impromptu/DI/ADS/CA/Poetry)

1:30     pm                   Extemp Draw

2:00     pm                   IIA

3:30     pm                   IIB

5:00     pm                   Extemp Draw

5:15     pm                   Finals A

6:45     pm                   Finals B

TBA                            Awards


(Will collapse finals depending on judges availability)





  1. There is no limit on the number of team entries per event.
  2. For the asynchronous tournament, students may enter a maximum of six events. For the synchronous tournament, students may enter a maximum of three events per flight. Two duos count as two events for both tournaments.
  3. Entries for both tournaments (and video links for the asynchronous touranment) are due via SpeechWire no later than Tuesday, February 8, at 5 pm ET.
  4. For the asynchronous tournament, the same event recording will be used for preliminary and final rounds. Please ensure the video is “unlisted” on YouTube rather than set to “private” so that judges can successfully view the recording. It is important you confirm all of your team’s video links are accurate and accessible by the registration deadline.



  1. Entry fees are $7 per event slot.
  2. Please provide a qualified judge for every six events. Hired judges are available at $15 per uncovered slot.
  3. Any entries dropped after the registration deadline will be assessed the original entry fee plus an additional $10 penalty.
  4. Any entries dropped on Saturday will be assessed the original entry fee plus an additional $20 penalty.
  5. For the asynchronous tournament, any judges dropped after ballots have been released will each be assessed a $100 fee. For the synchronous tournament, any judges dropped after the entry deadline will each be assessed a $50 fee. If a judge is dropped on Saturday, the team will be assessed a $100 fee. These fees are in addition to the stated uncovered slot fees.
  6. Finalized fee sheets from SpeechWire for both tournaments will be emailed directly to head coaches on Monday, February 14, along with payment information.
  7. Payments are due in the form of mailed checks within 30 days after final fee sheets are submitted (unless other payment arrangements have been approved prior).





  1. Both tournaments will offer 2 rounds of preliminary competition and a final round.
  2. Any event with more than 50 entries competing in both preliminary rounds will feature a semifinal round. (The schedule will be updated to reflect any necessary semifinal rounds after the entry deadline.)
  3. We will recognize the finalists in each event, the top five individual sweeps winners, and the top five schools at each tournament.
  4. The top overall speaker for both halves and the top overall team for both halves will be recognized on Saturday.
  5. We will use AFA-style rules and tabulation.
  6. Recording of performances is prohibited.





The tournaments will both run in accordance with recent AFA-NST changes for the 2021-2022 competitive season. All relevant AFA-NST legislation for regular-season qualifying tournaments will guide the tournaments’ policies.





In recognizing the difficult financial moment we find ourselves in as an academic community, as well as the budgetary cuts facing many programs, we encourage teams who have recently seen significant budget reductions (or those which are student-run programs) to reach out so that we might find a way to make competition for all students at this swing possible.



Manager contact information

Dawn Lowry
Email address: dlowry4@gmu.edu
Phone number: (309) 370-2911

Mailing address

Official invoice will be sent Monday, Feb 14, with mailing address for checks
4400 University Drive MS3D6
Fairfax, VA 22030

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