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Madison West Forensics Tournament

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The Madison West High School Forensics team invites your team to our 13th annual invitational forensic tournament. It begins with student congress on Friday, February 9 and speech events on Saturday, February 10, including oratorical declamation, extemp reading and TRIPLE ENTRY!

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Saturday Schedule

7:30-8:15  Registration
8:30        Radio/Extemp Draw Begins
8:30        Judges Meeting 
9:00        Round 1
10:10      Round 2
11:20      Round 3
1:15        Final Rounds Begin

2:30        Awards in the Stevens Gym


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



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 9th.  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 up to three events, but not both Extemp and Radio. The same material may not be used in separate events. 


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 4:00pm, Friday, February 2nd. 
• There is no penalty for drops received by 4:00pm, Friday, February 9th.  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 9th. 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 7:30am.

A fee of $8.00 for each individual entry and $11 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 4:00 pm February 9.


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. 

We will have coffee, donuts, snacks and complimentary lunch from our cafeteria 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 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. 
At 3:00 buses may line up on Regent St to pick up teams, as you may exit the Stevens Gym, where the awards ceremony is held, directly onto Regent St. 
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.  Do not park in stalls marked for principals or maintenance. 


On Friday night, we will host student congress. Register here: madwestcongress.tabroom.com Check-in begins at 3:45.  The plan is for 2 sessions, beginning at 4:15.

Email legislation to Tim Scheffler, TimScheff@aol.com ,  by Monday, February 5.  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

Tab Room - 1173
Team - 1176
Judges Lounge - 1440
Quiet - 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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