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AFA-NIET District 6 Fall Qualifying Tournament
November 21, 2022
 
Dear AFA-NIET District 6 Schools: 
The University of Alabama will host the AFA-NIET District 6 Fall Qualifying Tournament. This will be a virtual tournament held asynchronously in tandem with SpeechWire. We will hold this event using Central Standard Time. 
District 6 is comprised of the following states: AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN and Louisiana State University. Several schools have already paid their District 6 subscription fees for the AFA- NST. Subscription fees are $30 (before the December 1st deadline) and $50 (after the December 1st deadline) and can be paid directly on the AFA website or can be added to your school's entry fee at the district qualifying tournament registration. If you know of other programs in your state that would be interested in joining the AFA-NST, please encourage them to attend our district tournament or to contact me for more information. We want our district to be well represented at the 2023 AFA-NST. Be sure to check out the AFA-NST website at www.afa-niet.org for additional information and the invitation. 
 
In addition to the usual tournament awards, District 6 will accept nominations for the 2022-2023 All-American Individual Events Team presented at the AFA – NST. This is a wonderful recognition of students who excel at academics, service, and forensics. The nomination form and requirements are included with this invitation. Please email a copy of your students’ nominations in a PDF format no later than the end of registration on February 7 to me at bspyle@ua.edu. The nomination packet must include the student’s official transcript. This can be a copy in the PDF, but if the student’s packet is forwarded to the national committee, you will need to mail an official transcript at that time. 
 
Please also forward your team’s current qualification forms for all at-large AFA qualifications to the District Tournament. This will help us continue the process of verifying qualifications for the AFA – NST. 
We will use SpeechWire for entries, scheduling, and tabulation. To enter the tournament, please go to: www.speechwire.com. Also, because of the virtual nature of the tournament, please be sure that all of your students have activated SpeechWire accounts and are listed in your Team Roster. If you have any questions about this year's district tournament or the national tournament, please don't hesitate to contact me. 
 
We look forward to seeing y’all, virtually, soon! 
 
Dr. Ben Pyle
District VI Chair
Assistant Professor, Director of the Alabama Forensic Council
205-348-8077
bspyle@ua.edu
 
District Six Qualifier Fall 2022 Tournament 
 
Entries : All entries must be entered on Speechwire.com. There will be two preliminary rounds with finals. A school may not enter more than five students in each event. Materials must not have been used by the student before September 1, 2022 Competitors may enter up to three events in a grouping. A STUDENT MAY NOT ENTER AN EVENT THAT HAS BEEN QUALIFIED FOR THE 2023 AFA-NIET THROUGH THE AT-LARGE QUALIFICATION METHOD--please see at-large qualification method below. 
At Large Qualifications Process for the 2022-2023 competitive season: Two tournament placements used for qualification may not exceed a cumulative total of five (5), based on the following formula:
Up to six legs may be awarded in a final round, but no more than 50% of the competitors may earn legs in an event. The total number of entries will be rounded down.
 
# of entries in the event # of legs earned Places that earn legs
1 0 0
2-3 1 1st
4-5 2 1st, 2nd
6-7 3 1st, 2nd, 3rd
8-9 4 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
10-11 5 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
12+ 6 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
 
District Qualification: The top three placements (or more based on entry size) automatically qualify for the AFA-NST. If an event receives its second leg to qualify at large, the district automatic qualification will move down to the next highest placing entry. Coaches, please make an effort to provide information about your students’ at-large quals available to the D6 Chair (Ben Pyle, bspyle@ua.edu) prior to, during, or immediately following this Fall District tournament so that we can expedite and recognize all of students who automatically qualify for the AFA – NST at the Fall District Tournament. 
Tournament Fees: $10 per individual event slot entered. Additional fees: $10.00 per slot not covered by a judge provided by your school; $20.00 per slot drop; $60.00 per judge drop. 
Payment: Payments can be made in the form of a check mailed to Ben Pyle, University of Alabama, Communication Studies Dept., Reese Phifer Hall Room 203, Box # 870172, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401.
 
Judges: All judges must be active coaching faculty, or graduate students, or persons with forensic experience. All judges will be responsible for judging one round past the elimination round of their students -- this means all judges are obligated to judge events in both flights which go straight to finals. Each school will be expected to provide one judge for every six slots entered. To ensure that we can utilize judges from all schools, we reserve the right to schedule students from the same school in the same section if necessary. The cost for hired judges will be $10.00 per uncovered slot. 
Deadlines: All entries must be received by 5:00 pm, CST, Monday, November 28, 2022. Considering the asynchronous format, we do not anticipate drops or changes, as the complete video will be registered by Monday at 5:00 p.m. CST. 
 
Virtual Tournament Standards of NST: 
In order to count for qualification legs, tournaments that are held virtually under the NST health and safety provision must:
a. Restrict competitors to the use of a single camera and single microphone during a performance. 
b. Physical audiences may be present during a performance (virtual audiences through the videoconferencing platform are welcome as well) 
c. Competitors in Duo may compete together in the same physical space.
d. Promote editing practices that allow for simulation of a face-to-face environment (such as the use of visual aids and content warnings) while discouraging editing practices that would not be possible in a face-to-face environment (such as motion, video transitions, or audio manipulation)
 
When registering for the tournament, SpeechWire will provide a space to enter a student name, event, and the URL for their video. 
 
The tournament will provide links for judging rounds to judges with their dance cards / eballots. We will also provide these links to other competitors in the round. Due to privacy concerns, only judges and students participating in a specific round will have access to video links for that round. Please do not share these links with others out of respect for the performers’ privacy.
 
The same video will be used for all rounds: 2 preliminary rounds and finals, except in the case of Limited Preparation events (EXT & IMP) where the student will record a preliminary round video and a final round video.
 
Note:
Competitor videos only need to be set to “unlisted” for the duration of the tournament. After the tournament is over, competitors can adjust their video settings to “private” ensuring the link will no longer provide access to the video.
 
Preliminary rounds will be judged on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Final rounds will be judged on Saturday and Sunday. 
 
A live-streamed awards ceremony will occur on Friday afternoon. Time: TBD
 
Limited Preparation Instructions:
 
All LP prompts will be released at Noon CST Friday, November 25th. Videos must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CST on Monday, November 28th.
 
Extemp prompts will consist of questions. Students can choose any question from the provided options. From the moment of selection students will have 30 minutes to prepare and then must immediately perform and record their speech. Impromptu prompts will be quotations. Students can choose any quotation from the provided options. From the moment of selection, students will have 7 minutes to prepare, perform and record their presentation. (Prep time does not need to be filmed for either Extemp or Impromptu.) The video URL must be provided (by way of registration on Speechwire) before the 5:00 p.m. CST deadline on Monday, November 28th. 
 
The preliminary round video will be judged in preliminary rounds 1 and 2, and the separate final round video will be used in Finals if that student advances.
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INVOICE NUMBER 2022-20223
 
American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament 
September 1, 2022
 
Subscription Fee for the American Forensic Association's National Individual Events Tournament. 
Payment due by December 1, 2022. 
Amount due: $30.00 ($50.00 if postmarked after December 1). 
Remit Payment to: DISTRICT CHAIR AFA-NIET 
 
Subscribing School: _________________________________ 
Coach:_____________________________ 
Office Phone:_______________________________________ 
Home Phone:________________________ 
Address: ____________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________
 
Make checks payable to American Forensic Association
This can also be paid directly on the AFA Website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022 District 6 Fall Qualifying Tournament Schedule
 
All times in Central Standard Time
 
Monday, November 28th
5:00 p.m. Registration and Videos Due
 
Tuesday, November 29th
9:00 a.m. Preliminary Ballots & Videos Released
 
Thursday, December 1st
5:00 p.m. Preliminary Ballots Due
7:00 p.m. Final Round Ballots Released
 
Friday, December 2nd 
5:00 p.m. Final Round Ballots Due
7:00 p.m. Virtual Awards
 
Flight A – Extemp, Prose, CA, DI, Duo and Pers 
Flight B – Imp, Info, ADS, Poe, and POI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AFA-NIET 2022-2023 Description of Events 
 
Impromptu Speaking: An impromptu speech, serious in nature, with topic selections varied by round and by section. Topics will be derived from quotations. Speakers will have a total of 7 minutes for both preparation and speaking. Timing commences with the acceptance of the topics sheet. Limited notes are permitted. 
 
Informative Speaking: An original, factual speech by the student on a realist subject to fulfill the general aim to inform the audience. Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time is 10 minutes. 
 
Prose Interpretation: A selection or selections of prose material of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source. A primary focus of this event should be on the development of the narrative/story. Play cuttings and poetry are prohibited. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time is 10 minutes including introduction. 
Duo Interpretation: A cutting from one or more texts of literary merit, humorous or serious, involving the portrayal of two or more characters presented by two individuals. The material may be drawn from any genre of literature. This is not an acting event; thus, no costumes, props, lighting, etc, are to be used. Presentation is from the manuscript and the focus should be off-stage and not to each other. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction. 
Extemporaneous Speaking: Contestants will be given three topics in the general area of current events, choose one, and have 30 minutes to prepare a speech that is the original work of the student. Maximum time limit for the speech is 7 minutes. Limited notes are permitted. Student will speak in listed order. Postings of topics will be staggered. 
Persuasive Speaking: An original speech by the student designed to inspire, reinforce, or change the beliefs, attitudes, values or actions of the audience. Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes. 
Program Oral Interpretation: A program of thematically-linked selections of literary merit, chosen from two or three recognized genres of competitive interpretation (prose/poetry/drama). A primary focus of this event should be on the development of the theme through the use of narrative/story, language, and/or characterization. A substantial portion of the total time must be devoted to each of the genres used in the program. Different genre means the material must appear in separate pieces of literature ( e.g., A poem included in a short story that appears only in that short story does not constitute a poetry genre.) Only one selection may be original. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction. 
After Dinner Speaking: An original, humorous speech by the student, designed to exhibit sound speech composition, thematic, coherence, direct communicative public speaking skills, and good taste. The speech should not resemble a night club act, an impersonation, or comic dialogue. Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforced the message. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes. 
Communication Analysis: An original speech by the student designed to offer an explanation and/or evaluation of a communication event such as a speech, speaker, movement, poem, poster, film, campaign, etc., through the use of rhetorical principles. Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Manuscripts are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes. 
Drama Interpretation: A cutting that represents one or more characters from a play or plays of literary merit. A primary focus of this event is on the development of characterization. This material may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.
 Poetry Interpretation: A selection or selections of poetry of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source. A primary focus of this event should be on the development of language. Play cuttings and prose works are prohibited. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction. 
 
 

LIMITED PREPARATION EVENT PROMPTS

 

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING QUESTIONS

 

Students will submit two videos: one for preliminary round judging and one for final round judging. Extemp questions will be Prelim: Domestic, Finals: International.

 

We trust all students and coaches to adhere to Limited Prep guidelines and ethical competition choices for preparation. Extemp prep does not need to be included in the performance video.

 

 

Prelims

 

Will the GOP abandon Trump after its midterm performance? 

 

Should the U.S. resume its nuclear deal talks with Iran? 

 

Would an EU gas price cap be a good idea?

 

 

Finals

 

Will Candidate quality be a bigger focus in 2024?

 

Should Donald Trump start using his Twitter account again?

 

Should Ukraine come to the negotiating table with Russia? 

 

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING PROMPTS

 

Students will submit two videos: one for preliminary round judging and one for final round judging. Impromptu prompts will be quotations from marginalized groups.

 

We trust all students and coaches to adhere to Limited Prep guidelines and ethical competition choices for preparation. Please include prep time in Impromptu videos (this can make starting the video camera easier for students and assessing time allocation possible for judging). All Impromptu judges will be reminded to allow an initial 15 seconds for competitors to read the quotations, before beginning time.

 

Prelims


If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story -Orson Welles

“Without justice there can be no love.”
— bell hooks

Finals

If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down. -Roy T Bennett

“People love answers, but only as long as they are the ones who came up with them.”― Criss Jami

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Manager contact information

Ben Pyle
Email address: bspyle@ua.edu
Phone number: 6187271808

Mailing address

Communication Studies Dept., Reese Phifer 203, Box #870172
ATTN: Carol Duncan
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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