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Southern and Northern Atlantic Forensics Union

The Southern and Northern Atlantic Forensic Union (SNAFU) cordially invites you and your students to join/attend our 2023 - 2024 SNAFU Season Tournaments. For the 2023-24 season, we are planning a combination of virtual synchronous and in-person tournaments! SNAFU tournaments are part of swings either with the host school.  At all tournaments we will offer all 11 AFA events at both halves of the swing, as well as IPDA Debate.  In addition, we may offer a novice breakout round in an event at the tournament director’s discretion. The entry for all tournaments will be due by Wednesday before the tournaments by 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time. What follows is information that should make your trip to the swings easier to plan:


2023-24 Season:

October 22                  SNAFU 1: Virtual Synchronous

                                    Co-hosted by Seton Hall University via Yaatly/Speechwire

October 29                  SNAFU 2: In Person

                                    Co-hosted by West Chester University in West Chester, PA


February 18                SNAFU 3: In Person

                                    Co-hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

If you have any questions about this invitation, please contact Trent Webb by email at 516.463.5253 or Trent.Webb@hofstra.edu


Read through this email to find out how to accept or reject the invitation, submit your entries online, and learn more about the tournament from the manager.


IMPORTANT! - How to submit entries for your team

All SNAFU tournaments will use Speechwire for registration!


1. In your preferred web browser, go to http://www.SpeechWire.com and click on the 'Your account' tab at the very top of the screen.

2. Log in with your email address and account password. If you have forgotten your password, click the 'Forgot password?' button. If there is a new head coach this year, please email accounts@speechwire.com to get the email address on the head coach account changed.

3. Click the 'Tournament registration' icon and then click on the SNAFU tournament for which you’d like to submit your entries.

If you have trouble registering, please email SpeechWire account support at accounts@speechwire.com for assistance.


IMPORTANT! – How to use Speechwire for e-ballots

Please make sure each of your judges have an active Speechwire account!


1. Go to live.speechwire.com

2. Log in with your email and password

3. See your e-ballots on that page once they are released

4. Click an e-ballot and click start when the round has begun


Please read the following message from the tournament manager:


Membership fees:  For the 2023-24 season, $100.00 covers entry into all SNAFU tournaments; swing partner fees are separate; any uncovered slot judging fees are in addition to entry fees as outlined later in this invitation. Please direct ALL fee/financial questions to our treasurer at Sam.Hopkins@shu.edu


Sweepstakes points:  we will follow the awarding of sweepstakes points laid out by the AFA-NST.  6 points for 1st place, 5 points for 2nd place, 4 points for 3rd place, 3 points for 4th place, 2 points for 5th place, 1 point for 6th place and any remaining place after that.



8:00am            Registration

8:30am            Extemp Draw/IPDA Draw

9:00am            IA (Extemp/POI/Duo/Per/Informative/Pro) and Debate 1

10:00am          IPDA Draw

10:15am          IB (Impromptu/DI/ADS/CA/Poetry) and Debate 2

12:00pm          Extemp Draw/IPDA Draw

12:30pm          IIA and Debate 3

1:30pm            IPDA Draw

1:45pm            IIB and Debate 4

3:15pm            Extemp Draw/IPDA Draw

3:30pm            Finals A (IPDA Semifinals at 3:45pm)

4:30pm            IPDA Draw

4:45pm            Finals B (IPDA Finals at 5:00pm)

6:30pm            Awards





PLEASE NOTE that swing partners MAY have different rules from the SNAFU half of the swing.  Please see the separate invitation from the host school for details on their tournament.  For SNAFU tournaments:

1. Teams are limited to 6 entries per event.

2. Students may enter a maximum of 3 events per bracket; 2 duos count as 2 events. DEBATERS MAY ENTER ONE INDIVIDUAL EVENT IN EACH BRACKET AND MAY NOT ENTER EXTEMP.

3. The deadline for entry is the Wednesday before the tournament at 3pm eastern time.

4. Entry fees are $8 per event slot for nonmember schools.

5. Please provide a qualified judge for every eight IE slots and every 2 IPDA slots.

6. Hired judges are available at $10 per uncovered slot.

7. Drop fees are original entry fee plus $10 penalty after entry deadline plus $20 if on Saturday or Sunday.

8. Dropped judges after the entry deadline will each be assessed a $100 fee in addition to standard judge fees.

9. To register for the SNAFU portion, please go to www.speechwire.com and request a password to submit your entry. You should receive by email your password information and can then enter your students and judges at the Speechwire website. You will receive a confirmation email detailing your entry in the evening after the entry deadline. Please be sure to check the entry you submitted and immediately correct any errors directly at the Speechwire website.


Novice/Varsity IPDA: A novice is defined as a student in their first two semesters of debate of any format, including high school. Please make sure you enter students in the appropriate division. The tournament director reserves the right to collapse divisions based on entry size.



1. The SNAFU tournament 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 offer an award for the top six entries in each individual event (two awards for duos).

4. The top three individual sweeps winners will each receive an award (students must be entered in four events to be eligible).

5. The top three schools will each receive an award.

6. We will use AFA-style rules and tabulation.

7. For IPDA, we will offer 4 preliminary rounds with the appropriate number of outrounds.


We hope you will join us for what will surely be a fun and competitive event! See you in October and beyond!




The SNAFU Board


Trent Webb, Hofstra University (President/Tournament Director)

Sam Ohrenberger-Hopkins, Seton Hall University (Treasurer)

Margeaux Lippman, Dutchess Community College

Randy Perez, University of Alabama/Queens College

Tyler Watkins, George Mason University


Manager contact information

Trent Webb
Email address: Trent.Webb@hofstra.edu
Phone number: 5164635253

Mailing address

To mail entry fees
Contact: Sam Ohrenberger-Hopkins
South Orange, NJ

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