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OATS 1 (Online Asynchronous Tournament Series)

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Hello Coaches, Competitors, and Judges!
 
Welcome again to another speech season! We are pleased to announce the Online Asynchronous Tournament Series (or the OATS as we like to call them) is back! As long as these tournaments continue to provide value to the community, we will continue to host them. Last year over 85 teams competed at the six regular season tournaments, and we look forward to seeing so many of our friends again this season.
 
As you may have noted last year, we shifted the OATS from being housed specifically with one university to being housed under a newly-founded nonprofit organization called Outspoken Culture. Because the OATS finances were housed within the same account as all other speech functions of the SMSU Forensics Team, the moneys were indistinguishable from the regular functioning of our team (at least in the eyes of the institution). The OATS funds jeopardized the long-term funding of the speech team, which meant we needed to facilitate a separate location to house the OATS funds. We believe in full transparency, and this is the best way to maintain that for our amazing community. 
 
The OATS financial situation is looking strong this year, so we are happy to announce that we are able to decrease the tournament series fee to $200 for the 22-23 season. We will maintain a $10/uncovered slot fee, and we will continue the fee waivers for student-run teams or those experiencing financial hardship. Look for a financial report from the 2021-22 season coming soon on the Outspoken Culture website. 
 
The dates for video submission for the OATS include:
Mon, Oct 3
Mon, Oct 24
Mon, Nov 14
Mon, Dec 5
Mon, Jan 23
Mon, Feb 27
 
We look forward to continuing to support student advocacy, accessibility, and health/wellness this 22-23 Season. Full information is available on the OATS Invite (available on Speechwire and the Outspoken Culture website). If you have questions feel free to contact Julie Walker by phone (call or text 706-844-2773) or email (julie.walker@smsu.edu). 
 
Sincerely,
 
Julie Walker
Southwest Minnesota State University
Assistant Director of Forensics
Series Tournament Director
 
 
TL:DR Details
*Tournaments will be fully asynchronous, including finals
*Entries and video links are due to Speechwire on Monday @ 8 p.m. CST
*Content warnings are encouraged to give adequate warning to judges/competitors
*No late adds are allowed
*Preliminary rounds will be judged from Tuesday through Thursday @ 4 p.m. CST; Final rounds will be judged from Thursday 6 p.m. through Friday @ 2 p.m. CST
*Postings will go live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. CST (or ASAP depending on ballot completion)
*All 11 categories will be offered per ASC/OATS guidelines
*The $200 Series Fee pays for all “covered-slot” entries for all OATS tournaments
*Uncovered slots will incur an additional $10 fee
*Payments accepted by Venmo, PayPal, or by check
*The dates for video submission for the OATS include:
Mon, Oct 3
Mon, Oct 24
Mon, Nov 14
Mon, Dec 5
Mon, Jan 23
Mon, Feb 27
 
Fully Asynchronous Tournament Week Schedule
 
Fri prior @ noon CST: LP Prompts released on Speechwire
Monday @ 8 p.m. CST: Entries and videos due to Speechwire
Monday @ 10 p.m. CST: Fees will be assessed and distributed to teams
Monday @ 10 p.m. CST: Judge dance cards go live on Speechwire
Thursday @ 4 p.m. CST: Preliminary Round judging feedback/scores due
Thursday @ 6 p.m. CST: Final Rounds are Posted on Speechwire and on the OATS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oatsforensics
Friday @ 2 p.m. CST: Final Round judging feedback/scores due
Friday @ 4 p.m. CST: Live awards ceremony stream on OATS Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oatsforensics 
Friday @ Evening: Feedback released to coaches via Speechwire
 
 
 
 

 

Manager contact information

Julie Walker
Email address: julie.walker@smsu.edu
Phone number: 706-844-2773

Mailing address

Venmo: outspokenculture | Paypal: outspokenculture@gmail.com | Direct Depos to SMSU (email Julie)
Pay by Check Outspoken Culture | 609 S 1st St (W9 available upon request)
MARSHALL, MN 56258

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