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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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Awards is scheduled for 4:00 PM, April 9th at this link:

 

https://youtu.be/lJzHlXdDPvw

 

 

 

 

*** UPDATE - MAR. 25th ***

Links to limited prep materials for extemp, impromptu, and radio have been sent out to coaches.  If any coaches registered for this tournaments did not recieve access to these links, please send a message to bkroll@sasd.net

 

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To Wisconsin Forensics Coaches,

 

You are invited to enter your students in the 2022 Online Wisconsin WFCA tournament from April 7th through April 9th, 2022.

 

Eligibility - All Wisconsin high schools are eligible to participate, regardless of the school’s affiliations with any forensics organizations.  Schools who have paid 2022 membership to the WFCA will be eligible for both team awards and individual student awards.  Non-member schools will not be eligible for team awards, but the students can still earn individual awards in their category.

 

Online format - This tournament is being run as an asynchronous tournament with pre-recorded videos.  There are a variety of options for hosting the videos online (YouTube, Google Drive, etc.), but it is the responsibility of the coaches and students to ensure that all videos are viewable without the need for a password or a share request.

 

Entries – Each school will be allowed 25 entries with no more than four entries in any category. Students are not permitted to double enter categories. Only one team per school will be allowed in the tournament. Any bona fide pupil in good standing and in regular attendance in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade of the member school shall be eligible to compete. 

 

Student congress will be held in conjunction with this virtual tournament, but the registration will come separately from the State Congress Director.  It will run live online on Friday, April 8th.

 

Format – The State Tournament shall consist of three preliminary rounds, a semi-final round, and a final round for each category. Additionally, at this particular tournament any category that has over 50 entries will hold a quarter-finals round.

All preliminary rounds will be released for judging by the morning of Thursday, April 7th, and will be due by the evening of Friday, April 8th.  Elimination rounds will be released and due at the designated times on Saturday, April 9th.

 

Fees – An entry fee of $10 per individual entry, $15 per group entry, and $10 per congress contestant shall be charged.  A fee of $15 will be charged for any changes occurring after the posted tournament close time. Schools who have not paid fees by the 15th of May will be assessed a $75 processing fee. If the fees are not paid by June 15th, an additional fee of $75 will be assessed.  A fee of $15 will be charged for any changes occurring after the posted tournament close time. Schools who have not paid fees by the end of May will be assessed a $35 processing fee. If the fees are not paid by the end of June, an additional fee of $50 will be assessed.

 

Judges – All schools participating must provide 1 judge for every 5 entries (or fraction thereof).

Judging will be done electronically through Speechwire.  All judges must have a linked speech wire account prior to the start of the tournament.

 

VIDEOS: Students must create new, original recordings for this online tournament.  To ensure this, the students will need to begin their video with a statement that the recording is being made for the 2022 WFCA online state tournament.  Failure to include this opening message may result in disqualification.  Judges will be instructed not to include this message as part of the performance time.

Students may record as many times as you would like, but must submit only one unedited, single-take video as the official entry.

 

Some category specific details:

• Extemp and Radio: Students will need to create three videos for the tournament.  There will be designated materials sent out on March 28th for round 1, round 2, and round 3.  Students will not need to record the prep time.  It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure that the student begins to make their recording no more than a half hour after beginning prep work for that round.  When entering links into Speechwire for rounds 4 and 5, students can use any of their prelim recordings but can only use each prelim speech once in elimination rounds (meaning that they cannot use the same story for both semis and finals)

• Impromptu: Students will need to create three videos for the tournament.  There will be designated materials sent out on March 28th for round 1, round 2, and round 3.  Students will need to record their entire preparation and performance in one take, including drawing their topic, preparing what they will say, and delivering their speech.  When entering links into Speechwire for rounds 4 and 5, students can use any of their prelim recordings but can only use each prelim speech once in elimination rounds (meaning that they cannot use the same story for both semis and finals)

• Oral Interpretation:  Students will need to create two videos for the tournament, one for poetry and one for prose.  The video link for poetry will need to be entered for rounds 1, 3, and the final.  The video link for prose will need to be entered for round 2 and the semifinal round.

• Storytelling:  Students will need to create three videos for the tournament.  When entering video links into Speechwire, round one needs to be the story about science/exploration, round two needs to be a story about nature/weather, and round three needs to be a story about resilience.  For round 4 and round 5 (semis and finals, respectively), students can use any of their prelim recordings but can only use each prelim speech once in elimination rounds (meaning that they cannot use the same story for both semis and finals)

 

For all other categories, the students will need to create and upload one single video.

• Demonstration speakers must include all set up and take down of their materials as part of the video, as those are included in the performance time.

• Duo, Group Interpretation, and Play Acting:  The students are to create their videos in one single location using one camera.  They should follow all local and school rules regarding masking.


 

Timeline:

• Monday, March 28th- materials released for extemp, impromptu, and radio

• Wednesday, April 6th, 7:00 pm - registration closes, all video links must be entered into Speechwire.com, judges must be entered with linked accounts into speechwire.com

• Thursday, April 7th, 8:00 am or earlier - preliminary rounds will be pushed out to judges

• Friday, April 8th, 7:00 pm - all judges must have started their preliminary rounds by this point.  If any rounds have not been started, they will be reassigned to standby judges, and schools will be fined $35 for each round that has not been started by their judges.

• Friday, April 8th, 10:00 pm - deadline to return all preliminary round ballots.

• Saturday, April 9th, 7:30 am - quarterfinal rounds for any categories that need them will be pushed out to judges.

• Saturday, April 9th, 9:30 am - deadline to return quarterfinal round ballots

• Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 am - semifinal rounds pushed out to judges

• Saturday, April 9th, 12:00 pm - deadline to return semifinal round ballots

• Saturday, April 9th, 12:30 pm - final rounds pushed out to judges

• Saturday, April 9th, 2:30 pm - deadline to return final rounds judge ballots

• Saturday, April 9th, 4:00 pm - awards video stream online - the link for the awards video will be sent out to registered coaches the week of the tournament.


 

Student critiques and the full results packet will be sent out as soon as possible after the tournament.  Awards will be mailed to the address on file with Speechwire for each school.


 

If there are any questions you have regarding this online state tournament, please send an email to bkroll@sasd.net or text to 414-688-2817.




 

Manager contact information

Ben Kroll
Email address: bkroll@sasd.net
Phone number: 920-517-7676

Mailing address

Burton Davis, WFCA Treasurer
PO Box 070754
Milwaukee, WI 53201

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