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AFA-NST District 7 Spring Qualifier

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AFA-NST District 7 Spring Qualifying Tournament

Dear AFA-NST District 7 Schools:

You and your teams are invited to participate in the third annual AFA-NST District 7 Spring Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, March 5, 2022!  This year James Madison University is once again co-hosting with us via the Lucky 7 asynchronous tournament.  Big thanks to JMU!

District 7 is comprised of the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio University, The University of Akron, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. To compete, you must pay your District 7 subscription fees for the AFA- NST. If you have not already paid an AFA subscription fees, they are now $50.  If you paid in the Fall, you’re all set! Fees can be paid directly on the AFA website here: https://www.americanforensicsassoc.org/product/national-individual-events-tournament/ or will be added to your school's entry fee. If you know of other programs in your state or region that might be interested in joining the AFA-NST, please encourage them to attend our district tournament or to contact me for more information. We want our district to be well represented at the 2022 AFA-NST!

The top three finishers in all 11 AFA-NST events at the Spring Qualifier will count as district qualifiers to the 2022 AFA-NST.  If that placement qualifies the student at-large, the district qualification will “trickle down” to the next student.  Schools from outside of District 7 can attend the qualifier, though only students from District 7 schools can earn district qualifications.  No student that has qualified an event at-large to the 2022 AFA-NST may enter the Spring District Qualifying Tournament in that event.

We will be using SpeechWire for entries, e-ballots, and tabulation. Please go to their website to enter: www.speechwire.org.  We will use Yaatly for synchronous tournament rounds. Instructions for setting up your team in Yaatly are below. There have been a lot of changes in AFA-NST qualification rules, number legs needed to qualify, number of legs that count over the past few years.  If you have any questions about rule changes, the district tournament(s), or the national tournament, please don't hesitate to contact me.

We look forward to seeing you at the AFA-NST District 7 Spring Qualifying Tournament and in-person at the 2022 AFA-NST in Lincoln, NE!


Sam Ohrenberger-Hopkins

District 7 Chair                                            

Head Coach, Brownson Speech & Debate Team

Seton Hall University                                                              



1. There will be two preliminary rounds with finals. Any event with fewer than eight entries will have two rounds with three judges total. Any event with a single entry will have one round with three judges. A school may not enter more than five students in each event, and only the top three entries in an event from any school will count toward sweepstakes awards. Material must not have been used by the student before September 1, 2021. Competitors may enter up to three events in a grouping. A STUDENT MAY NOT ENTER AN EVENT THAT HAS BEEN QUALIFIED FOR THE 2022 AFA-NST THROUGH THE AT-LARGE QUALIFICATION METHOD--please see at-large qualification method below. Three tournament placements used for qualification may not exceed a cumulative total of five (5), based on the following formula:

# Entries     # Legs

2-3               1 1st

4-5               2 1st, 2nd

6-7               3 1st, 2nd, 3rd

7-8               4 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th


2. Fees: $8.00  per individual event slot entered. Additional fees: $10.00 per slot not covered by a judge provided by your school $10.00 per slot drop $60.00 per judge drop. Make checks payable to AFA District 7.

3. Judges: Each school will be expected to provide one judge for every six slots entered. The cost for hired judges will be $10.00 per uncovered slot.

4. Deadlines: All entries must be received by 5:00 pm, EST, Wednesday, March 2. After this time, we will impose a late-drop fee of an additional $10.00 per slot dropped, and $60.00 per judge dropped. No additions past the deadline.


TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE (Subject to change based on entry sizes)

Saturday, March 5

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Virtual Registration/Check-in

8:30 AM Extemp Draw

9:00 AM Round 1 Flight A (DUO, EXT, INF, PER, POI, PRO)

10:15 AM Round 1 Flight B (ADS, CA, DI, IMP, POE)

11:30 AM Lunch Break

12:00 PM Extemp Draw

12:30 PM Round 2 Flight A

1:45 PM Round 2 Flight B

3:00 PM Extemp Finals Draw

3:15 PM Finals

4:30 PM District 7 Meetings

5:30 PM Awards



Flight B – ADS, CA, DI, IMP, POE


***How to use SpeechWire for e-ballots***

1. Go to live.speechwire.com

2. Log in with your email and password (the same email used to register as a judge)

3. See your e-ballots on that page once they are released

4. Click an e-ballot and click start when the round has begun


***How to use the Yaatly platform***

1. Navigate your browser (Google Chrome works best) to app.yaatly.com. You will be sent an event invitation URL to this end as well. *NOTE* Yaatly does not work on phones and tablets. It crashes frequently. Use a laptop or desktop computer.

2. Set up your team’s organization. This is typically done by the DOF/Head Coach.

3. Add members (coaches, students) to your Organization by using the "Invite Members" button.  Accepting the emailed invitation will automatically make those coaches & students members of your organization.

4. When you accept tournament invitations (emailed by those tournaments' organizers) or when you create your own event, those events will appear on your organization's home page under "Events”.


Manager contact information

Sam Ohrenberger-Hopkins
Email address: sam.hopkins@shu.edu
Phone number: 5402303507

Mailing address

290 Lincoln Rd.
Apartment #4C
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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