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Virginia Is for Lovers Spring (GMU)

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Hello!!  Day 2 of Virginia has online competitors and judges!!.  Please be patient with us as we try to figure out hybrid tournaments. I’ve been at a hybrid tournament, but I'm trying to anticipate as much as possible our unique needs. Here’s what we have figured out so far:

  1. We will have a Zoom with many breakout rooms: The link is here and will be on the main page of Speechwire page. https://gmu.zoom.us/j/93134745521?pwd=SGRJSnAxdnd5RThsamxXQTcxTUF2UT09

  2. We will also have someone who’s entire job will be to monitor Zoom. If something happens, please feel free to pop into the main area and let us know how we can accommodate you.

  3. Online competitors are indicated by an * on your ballot. They are slated to go either very early or very late in your round. Speakers, please wait in the main lobby until a judge calls you into the room.

  4. Online judge: please enter the breakout room marked “Judge”. You are always judging with a partner who will help with the round.

  5. Please email me at dlowry4@gmu.edu if you would like the round projected in the classroom or would like to watch the performance on a separate laptop. 

  6. We will also use the same Zoom link for awards.  We are still figuring out the technology in this building, so we will use a laptop so you can hear awards as they happen. I won't make promises about quality of camera work, but we will do our best to bring you into the space.

We cannot thank you enough for participating and helping us out!  This community is awesome!! Call 309-370-2911 if you have any issues!!

Virginia is for Lovers
Spring 2023 Swing
The teams from George Mason University and James Madison University cordially invite you and 
your students to attend the 2023 “Virginia is for Lovers” Spring Swing, February 11-12, 2022.
Both tournaments will take place in Harrisonburg, VA, on the campus of James Madison 
University. We will offer all 11 AFA-NST events at both halves of the swing and will provide 
lunch both days. The following information should make your trip to the swing easier to plan:
We’ll use the same schedule for both days.
8:00am - 8:30am Registration in Harrison Hall main floor lobby
8:30am Extemp Draw
9:00am IA (Ext/POI/Duo/Per/Info/Pro)
10:15am IB (Imp/DI/ADS/CA/Poe)
11:30am Lunch provided by tournament
12:00pm Extemp Draw
12:30pm IIA
1:45pm IIB
3:00pm Extemp Draw
3:30pm Finals A
4:45pm Finals B
6:15pm Awards
We plan on keeping the tournament limited to just two buildings: Harrison Hall and Roop Hall. 
Please reach out to Nathan Selove (selovenr@jmu.edu) with any accessibility needs and we’ll be 
sure to handle those. If your team has dietary needs to take into account for the provided lunches, 
please reach out to Mallory Marsh (marshml@jmu.edu) no later than Tuesday at noon.
We encourage teams who have recently seen significant budget reductions (or those which are 
student-run programs) to reach out so that we might find a way to make competition for all 
students at this swing possible.
1. There is no limit on team entries in any event. 
2. Students may enter a maximum of three events per bracket; two duos count as two events.
3. The deadline for team entry is Monday, February 6, at 8 pm Eastern. You can make edits 
after this deadline (including adds, drops, and changes), but we need a head count for the 
caterer early in the week. We ask that you please include as accurate a representation of your 
team size by this deadline as possible, even if events may change before the Wednesday 
add/drop deadline.
4. Entry fees are $8 per event slot. Qualified judges cover six slots. Uncovered entries are an 
additional $15 per slot.
5. Each entry dropped after Wednesday, February 8, at 5 pm ET will incur a $10 penalty. Each 
entry dropped on Saturday and/or Sunday will incur an additional $20 penalty. Dropped judges 
after Wednesday, February 8, at 5 pm ET will incur a $50 penalty. Dropped judges on Saturday 
and/or Sunday will incur an additional $100 penalty.
6. To register for BOTH tournaments included in the swing, please go to www.speechwire.com, 
scroll down to “Virginia Is for Lovers Spring (JMU)” and “Virginia Is for Lovers Spring (GMU)” and
submit your entry SEPARATELY FOR EACH HALF. You will receive a confirmation email detailing 
each half of your entry by 6 pm on Wednesday, February 8. Please be sure to check the entries you 
submitted and immediately correct any errors directly on Speechwire.
1. Both tournaments will offer 2 rounds of preliminary competition and a final round.
2. Any event with more than 50 entries competing in both preliminary rounds will feature a 
semifinal round.
3. We will recognize the finalists in each event, the top five individual sweeps winners, and the 
top five schools at each tournament.
4. The top overall speaker for both halves and the top overall team for both halves will be 
recognized on Sunday.
5. We will use AFA-style rules and tabulation.
We hope you will join us for what will surely be a fun and competitive event! See you in February!
Nathan Selove 
Tournament Director 
James Madison University
Peter Figueroa
Tournament Director
George Mason University
Mallory Marsh
James Madison University
Dawn Lowry
George Mason University


Important tournament rooms

Extemp Prep - Harrison Hall 1261

Manager contact information

Dawn M Lowry
Email address: dlowry4@gmu.edu
Phone number: 3093702911

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