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District IV Fall Qualifier

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Dear Colleagues:

The District IV Fall Qualifying Tournament will be held virtually on Sunday, December 4th! Please indicate through Speechwire if you plan on attending - even if you are not ready to submit your entry.

We will be using Speechwire for entries, e-ballots, tabulation, extemp draw, and imp quotation dissemination, and we will use Zoom for our synchronous platform (please make sure that your Zoom applications are updated). If you have any questions about this Fall’s district tournament, the Spring district tournament, or the National Speech Tournament, please don't hesitate to contact D4 Chair, Jennifer Torres at jennifer.torres@doane.edu or via cell phone at 909-518-3450.



Entries are due on Speechwire by Tuesday, Nov. 29th at 5pm (CST). Any student from an AFA-NST member school who has not qualified an event at-large may enter that event in the fall district qualifier.

   *Students may enter no more than three (3) events. 

   *Each school may enter a maximum of five (5) entries per event.


Entry Fees:

Entry fees are $8 for each slot entered. Schools should provide one judge for every six slots entered. Each uncovered slot will be charged $15. Fees will be calculated Wednesday, Nov. 30th @ noon. ANY changes in entry after this time will incur a $10.00 drop/add fee per slot (exception: any event that qualifies at-large Nov. 30th-Dec. 3rd).


Membership Fees:

AFA-NST membership fees must be paid by member schools in order for students to compete in the District IV Fall Qualifier (as per the AFA-NST by-laws).

In the past, District IV had all member schools pay through the AFA website. However, to increase transparency and ensure NST membership fees are disseminated to both the district and the NST, all NST member school fees will be added to Fall District Qualifier tournament entry fees on speechwire. The AFA-NST membership fee is $30 when registering for the District IV Fall Qualifier. (With the online format of District IV’s Fall Qualifier and subsequent payments made through snail-mail, NST membership payments will be dated Nov. 30th when tournament fees are finalized.) If you have already paid this year’s NST membership fee through the AFA website, please send your payment confirmation to the D4 chair.

Please make checks out to “NST District IV”

And mail them to:

Jennifer Torres

1014 Boswell Ave.

Crete, NE 68333

Any member schools not attending the District IV Fall Qualifier that wish to pay their subscription fee by Dec. 1st, please contact the D4 chair. The fee increases to $50 after Dec. 1st.

Reminder: Each member school must have one person who is a member of the AFA parent organization. For the AFA membership fee, you can pay any time before the AFA-NST in April, here is the website: https://www.americanforensicsassoc.org/product/afa-one-year-individual-or-institutional-membership/


At-Large Forms:

At-large qualification verification is conducted on the District level. All digital, at-large student qualification forms must be completed and shared online (via google drive or email) with the D4 chair by 5pm on Friday, Dec. 2nd at jennifer.torres@doane.edu.
If your team receives additional qualification legs at a tournament on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, please update your at-large qualification forms on google drive, or resubmit them via email.

Earlier in the semester, all student event at-large qualification forms were shared with the head coach or student of each program. If you are having difficulty finding your form, please email jennifer.torres@doane.edu.


Tournament Rules:

As with the traditional Joel Hefling D4 Tournament in the spring, the top three competitors in all 11 AFA-NST events at the Fall Qualifier will count as district qualifiers to the 2023 AFA-NST. If that placement qualifies the student at large, the district qualification will “trickle-down” to the next student. No student that has qualified an event at-large to the 2023 AFA-NST may enter the Fall District Qualifying Tournament in that event.

All events with 2 or more sections will have a final round. Advancement to elimination rounds will be based on preliminary rank and rate. Ties in preliminary rank and rate mean that all tied contestants advance to elimination rounds. When possible, ties in rank and rate resulting in a final of 8 or larger will be broken using reciprocals to create a final of 7.

Placing in final rounds will be based on predominance of 1’s, followed by cumulative rank. Ties in rank in finals will be broken by the following: judges’ preference, drop low rate, and cumulative rate.

On speechwire, please indicate if your judges have any student or school blocks. Additionally, please email the District Chair with any judge blocks for a student, event, or team.



8:30 am               EXT Draw (using Speechwire)

9:00 am               Round 1 A (ADS, CA, DI, EXT, POE, POI)

10:15 am             Round 1 B (PERS, DUO, IMP, INFO, PRO)

11:30 am             D4 Meeting & D4 Student Meeting

Noon                   Lunch

12:45 pm             Ext Draw  

1:00 pm               Round 2 A

2:15 pm               Round 2 B

3:30 pm               EXT Finals DRAW

3:45 pm               Finals A

5:00 pm               Finals B

ASAP                   Awards!

***Flights/rounds may be collapsed depending on the number of entries.



We look forward to seeing you virtually at the Fall District!

Our Best, 

Your 2022-23 D4 Committee and Fall Tournament Hosts:

Jennifer Torres               D4 Chair | Doane University | Crete, NE

Chris Outzen                   D4 Vice-Chair | University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire | Eau Claire, WI

Aaron Blackman            D4 Committee Member | University of Nebraska-Kearney | Kearney, NE

Thomas Muscha             D4 Committee Member | University of North Dakota | Grand Forks, ND       

Allison Bonander           D4 Committee Member | University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Lincoln, NE

Joe Davis                        D4 Committee Member | Concordia University Nebraska | Seward, NE

Amanda Goodrich          D4 Committee Member | University of Nebraska-Omaha | Omaha, NE

Jacob Muth                     D4 Student Representative | University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN




Manager contact information

Jennifer Torres
Email address: jennifer.torres@doane.edu
Phone number: 909-518-3450

Mailing address

1014 Boswell Ave
Crete, NE 68333

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