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Indiana Forensic Association State Championships

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Dear Indiana colleagues,

You and your students are cordially invited to compete in the 41st annual Indiana Forensics Association (IFA) Individual Events Championship and the 12th annual IFA Debate Championship.  This year, our tournament is returning to an in-person format with Individual Events (speech) competition on Saturday, February 18, 2023, and the Debate competition will offer IPDA-style debate on Sunday, February 19, 2023.  Both tournaments will take place on the University of Indianapolis campus.

The State of Indiana has a distinguished history of intercollegiate forensic competition. In 1874, six colleges and universities (Asbury, Butler, Hanover, Indiana, Purdue, and Wabash) organized an annual oratory contest.  The winning student qualified to attend the Interstate Oratory Association’s national competition, which began the same year. That contest continues to this day, and our state has claimed 23 national championships.  Presently, the top two speakers in the varsity division of the Persuasive Speaking event at our state tournament qualify to represent the state of Indiana at the Interstate Oratory Association national tournament.  Therefore, every school this year may submit two entries in varsity Persuasive Speaking without incurring an entry fee.

For the 2023 Individual Events tournament, we will offer varsity and novice divisions in the eleven speech events sponsored by the National Forensic Association.  Additionally, we will offer one division of competition in two experimental events:  Pecha Kucha and Radio Broadcasting.  In debate, competition will feature IPDA-style debate and a novice division will be held if there are sufficient entries.

With entry limitations and a community of helpful coaches from around the state, the IFA tournaments are an ideal setting for students and schools who may be new to the activity.  If your school hasn’t attended an IFA tournament recently or is a student-run program, please let us know and we may be able to waive entry fees. The tournaments are open to all undergraduate students regardless of major or if their school offers an organized team, and every school in attendance will receive a sweepstakes award.

In addition to the Individual Events and Debate tournaments, the IFA also sponsors a scholarly paper competition for student research in communication or a related discipline.  Submissions for this contest are due by February 1, 2023.  We will also hold our annual IFA meeting during the lunch hour on Saturday and all speech and debate coaches are invited to attend.  Additional information regarding tournament procedures, entries, deadlines, and rules can be found in the remainder of the invitation.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Greg or Janis at the email addresses provided below.  We look forward to seeing you in February!

Gregory E. Moser, Esq.   
gmoser@butler.edu
Tournaments Director, Indiana Forensic Association
Assistant Director of Forensics, Butler University  

Prof. Janis K. Crawford
jcrawfor@butler.edu
President, Indiana Forensic Association
Director of Forensics, Butler University

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Greg Moser
Email address: gmoser@butler.edu
Phone number: 3173134317

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