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Madison West Forensics Tournament

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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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The Madison West High School Forensics team invites your team to our 11th annual invitational forensic tournament. It begins with online student congress on Friday, February 10 and speech events on Saturday, February 11.

Tournament Website: tinyurl.com/madwest23

Saturday Schedule

7:30-8:15  Registration
8:30        Radio/Extemp Draw Begins room 121
8:30        Judges Meeting in the cafeteria
9:00        Round 1
10:10      Round 2
11:20      Round 3
1:15        Final Rounds Begin - Solo Humorous final in the Auditorium!

2:30        Awards in the Auditorium


WFCA rules will be used for all events (For a list of rules see www.wfcaforensics.org).

COVID-19 Mitigation

We are still in a pandemic, and we will run our tournament in the safest ways possible to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  We strongly encourage masks covering noses and mouths at all times, except while actively performing. If conditions and district requirements change, more mitigation measures will be implemented. 

Each school must provide one judge for every five entries or portion of five entries. Each Duo, Group Interp or Play Acting is considered one entry. You must enter the names and emails of all judges you are bringing into Speechwire.  All critiques and ballots will be submitted online, so all judges must have an account on live.speechwire.com and bring their own fully-charged laptop, chromebook or tablet, as we cannot provide them for everyone.  Please try to bring your own quality judges. Your judge commitment will be based on your entry as of Friday, February 10th.  ALL judges are committed to being available through final rounds. 

We may have a small number of hired judges available for you at a cost of $150 per judge, first come, first served.


Students are allowed to enter one or two events, but not both Extemp and Radio. The same material may not be used in separate events. 

Teams are capped at ten entries per event, 90 total entries.

Due to space constraints and social distancing requirements, we are limited to 360 total entries.  Please get your team entered early to avoid any last minute disappointment.

Trophies will be presented to the top three competitors in each event and medals to the remaining finalists. Individual placement of all finalists will be determined by their cumulative ranks through the preliminary rounds combined with their three ranks from the final round. 

Your top 25 entries will count toward team scores with a maximum of four entries counted per event. 

Team trophies will be awarded to the top three schools in these divisions:
Large Team: based on total points
Small Team: based on team average

• Please register via Speechwire.com by 5:00pm, Friday, February 3rd. 
• There is no penalty for drops received by 4:00pm, Friday, February 10th.  Entries dropped after that time will still be charged, and your judge commitment will remain the same. 
• Coaches can manage their own drops on Speechwire.com until 4:00 PM, Friday, 
February 10th. After that point, email drops to jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us at your earliest possible convenience. After 9:00 PM, hold off on reporting drops until you text on your way to the tournament in the morning. 
• Day of tournament drops are strongly discouraged.  Make sure you have an updated cell phone number in Speechwire, so tournament personnel can contact you in case a member of your team fails to check-in by 8:00am.

A fee of $9.00 for each individual entry and $12 for group entries (Duo, Group Interp, Play Acting). Entry fees are per entry, not per student. Fees will be based on your confirmed entries as of 3:30 pm March 18.


We will have a food available for purchase in our cafeteria, all of it vegetarian.  We will offer primarily grilled cheese sandwiches, SpaghettiOs, fruit, chips, and assorted beverages. 

The judge's lounge is in our resource hall, room 2404.  We will have coffee, donuts, snacks and lunch for our judges.  

If you encounter any problems with the online registration, don't hesitate to email jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us.  

A registration confirmation will be emailed out after registration closes. Coaches can also view up-to-the minute fees on Speechwire.com.

Buses should unload teams in front of West High on Ash Street, and everyone should enter through the lower door marked Welcome Center.  Buses may park on Speedway Avenue, to the southwest of the school, at the Regent Street and Highland Avenue intersection behind West.  Buses should not park in the temporary staff lot. 
Cars may park on the streets surrounding West High School, but be mindful of the neighbors’ driveways and of the signs indicating residential permits required.  There is parking in the temporary staff lot across Highland Avenue behind West High, entered from Grand Avenue, on the corner of Regent and Grand.  There is limited accessible parking in the tiny lot on Van Hise Street.  Do not park in stalls marked for principals or maintenance. 


On Friday night, we will host an online student congress via tabroom and NSDA Campus. Register here: madwestcongress.tabroom.com Check-in begins at 3:45.  The plan is for 2 sessions, beginning at 4:00.

Email legislation to Tim Scheffler, TimScheff@aol.com ,  by Monday, February 6.  The fee is $8 per student, and each school must supply one qualified congress judge. 

Register your congress entries using tabroom.  

We are looking forward to hosting you! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

John Rademacher
Coach, Madison West Forensics
Cell: 608-335-4837
E-Mail: jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us

Important tournament rooms

Hospitality - 1440
Hospitality - 1470
Extemp/Radio Prep - 2404

Manager contact information

John Rademacher
Email address: jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us
Phone number: 608-335-4837

Mailing address

30 Ash St
Madison, WI 53726

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