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Pop Up Async Tournament #2

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,


The University of Illinois Chicago is pleased to invite you to attend the Pop-Up Tournament Part II hosted asynchronously the week of March 20-24. The site is now open on Speechwire and accepting entries.

We are excited to be offering all 11 AFA events. Rounds will be asynchronous (please make sure your videos are set to "unlisted"). LP prompts will be released on Thursday, March 17 @ noon CST. Videos will be due by Monday night @ 8PM CST. You can find the tournament and invite at (insert speechwire link here)!


Vance Pierce, Director of Forensics

University of Illinois Chicago







GENERAL:   All programs and speeches must not have been used by a student in any competition (high school or college) prior to September 1, 2022.  Competitors must be undergraduates working on their first degree.  We will be following the rules and ethical standards of the AFA-NST.


ENTRIES:  Each student may enter as many events as they want.  Events that have 7 or fewer entries will be judged "head-to-head" by three judges.  Events with 8 or more entries will be judged by two judges in "preliminary" rounds and then broken to a "head-to-head" final with at least one judge (3 if the pool allows).  From prelims into the final, ties will be broken by speaker points.  In "head-to-head" rounds, ties will be broken by speaker points and then by judges' preference.


Events Offered   

Extemporaneous Speaking       Informative Speaking

Persuasive Speaking           Impromptu Speaking

Duo Interpretation            Dramatic Interpretation

Prose Interpretation          Communication Analysis

After Dinner Speaking         Poetry Interpretation

Program Oral Interpretation   


The deadline for receiving entries and videos is 8:00, Monday, March 20th.  Entries and video links must be posted to Speechwire.

LP Events only need to provide one video for all rounds.  Prompts will be posted to Speechwire by Thursday, March 17th.  Impromptu videos should include prep time.  Extemp should NOT include prep time.

JUDGES & FEES:  Entry fees are $5 per slot.

Each school should furnish one judge for every six slots.  Hired judges are available at $12.00 per uncovered slot (hired judges will be paid $12.00 per round).  We will gladly pay any clean judges a school can provide beyond their obligation to ensure better ballots for your students. School judges who no-show an assigned ballot will be charged a $15 nuisance fee to hire a replacement judge.  ALL fees are assessed as of 5pm Tuesday March 21st.


Checks should be made payable to University of Illinois at Chicago and mailed to us at 750 South Halsted Chicago, Il 60607

AWARDS:  To keep costs down, we will not be giving out trophies for finalists.  Your qualification will be your award! 

MODALITY:  This is an asynchronous tournament.  Please make sure your videos are set to be "unlisted" so they can be accessed by our judges.

SCHEDULE:  All times listed are CENTRAL

LP prompts released                               Thursday, March 17, 1pm

Entries and video links due                      Monday March 20, 8pm

Preliminary round ballots released          Tuesday, March 21, 6pm

Preliminary round ballots due                  Wednesday March 23, 8pm

Final round ballots released                     Wednesday, March 23 10pm (or asap)

Final round ballots due                              Friday, March 10, 11am

Results posted to Speechwire                   ASAP

Manager contact information

Vance Pierce
Email address: vpierce4@uic.edu
Phone number: 3096487605

Mailing address

750 South Halsted (MC 118)
Suite 340
Chicago, IL 60607

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