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UW-Whitewater Speech Bowl

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General information

This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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7:45am   Registration opens, University Center, Lobby
8:15am   Judges Meeting, University Center, Hamilton Room
8:30am   Extemp/Radio draw begins. Hyland Hall, 2nd floor in the Anchor Bank Lecture Hall
9:00am   Round 1
9:45am   Extemp/Radio draw. 
10:15am  Round 2
11:00am  Extemp/Radio draw. 
11:30am  Round 3
11:30am  Preordered Boxed Lunches Available at the UC; judges buffet available at 11:45am
ASAP     Postings, University Center Ballroom, 2nd floor
ASAP     Finals, Hyland Hall & University Center (all judges on standby)
ASAP     Awards, Irving L. Young Auditorium


On tournament day, please confirm no later than 7:00am (or your earliest possible chance; prior to this is even better) by texting 608-780-4637. Checking in via text on tournament day is essential for a smooth start to the tournament. In the text, please note the team name, event and name of the student dropping.



Please make checks payable to "UW-Whitewater Forensics". Checks processed after the tournament can be mailed to UW-Whitewater, c/o Jim Disrude Heide Hall 402, 800 W. Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190.



All buses must drop off in Lot 14 at the intersection of Prairie Street and Starin Rd. Enter Lot 14 on Starin Road. Exit Lot 14 onto Prairie Street. Bus pick-up is Lot 2 on Prince Street next to the Irving L. Young Auditorium (the site of awards). During the day, all lots are open for parking. On Speechwire, please download the document for bus drivers, including maps, GPS addresses, etc. and share this with your driver.



All campus lots are open during the tournament. Cars can park in any lot without penalty (do not add money to meters). We suggest parking in Lot 7 on Starin Road behind the Visitors Center (small building with a blue roof). A GPS address for this lot is 809 W. Starin Rd, Whitewater.



UW-Whitewater:  http://www.uww.edu

UW-Whitewater Campus Map:  http://www.uww.edu/Campus/

UW-Whitewater Forensics: http://www.facebook.com/whitewaterforensics

Team Twitter: @uwwforensics



The lounge, open to all judges, coaches, and bus drivers, are located in the University Center Hamilton Room. Beverages will be available in the lounge, but due to campus catering policies, we cannot offer a free lunch to judges. Please plan accordingly. For food options, please see the Food heading later in the invitation.



Please register via Speechwire.com no later than 4pm, Monday, February 22nd. A registration confirmation will be emailed out after registration closes. Coaches can also view their own up-to-the minute fees on Speechwire.com. 



Teams can and should manage their own adds, drops, and name changes on Speechwire.com until noon, Friday, February 26th. After that point on Friday, email your drops immediately to forensics@uww.edu at your earliest chance.  There is no penalty for drops received by noon, February 26th. Entries dropped after that time will still be charged. Day of tournament drops are strongly discouraged and may impact the start time and/or the equal balance of entries across sections. Please share this information with your students and judges. For Saturday drops, see the next item.



In years past, our tournament has been attended by an even mix of schools from both major Wisconsin associations, as well as Illinois schools. Speech Bowl will employ the most current WFCA Handbook Rules with modifications: (Allowance of one 4x6 notecard in Oratory; Solo acting and OIL are a maximum of 10 minutes, but 8-minute performances will not be penalized; Solo Actors will be allowed to use a chair.) WHSFA and IHSA teams are sincerely welcome and strongly encouraged to attend.



Direct all correspondence to Jim Disrude, forensics@uww.edu.



Demonstration, Duo, Extemp, Farrago, Four-Min, Group Interp, Moments, Impromptu, Oral Interp, Oratory, Play acting, Poetry, Prose, Radio, Solo-Serious, Solo-Humorous, Special Occasion, Storytelling. *Note, impromptu will be run as a regular event, not as a consolation event. Public Address and Group Discussion will not be offered. 



We use several academic buildings all in the same area of campus. Each building will have "ballot drops to help our judges! We will also do our best to schedule judges in the same building throughout the day.



The tournament is limited to a maximum of 700 entries. Entries are first come, first serve. A school’s top 25 scoring entries will count toward Team Sweepstakes awards. A school's top four entries in an event will count toward Team Sweepstakes but more than four entries per event are welcome. Double entries are allowed. Students in Radio, Extemp, and Impromptu are allowed to double enter, but students in Radio and Extemp should compete in those respective events first in a given round. A student cannot double enter in both radio and extemp, but can double enter with radio and impromptu, or extemp and impromptu.



Individual Entries: 9.00; Playacting, Duo, Group Interp 12.00



Each school is required to supply one trusted judge for every five entries, or portion thereof. For example, fifteen entries require three judges. Sixteen entries require four judges. Uncovered entries will be charged an additional 10.00 per entry. For example, two uncovered entries will be charged 20.00. This is an alternative to a flat hired judge fee and it should save your team some money.

No team can enter more than 15 judges. If a team needs more than 15 judges to cover entries, provided judges are available for hire for $75/judge. If a team drops a judge after 7am on tournament day, the team will need to immediately hire a replacement judge provided by the tournament for $100 and payment is due at registration.

Prelims: 1) Cumulative rank, 2) Reciprocal, 3) Head-to-head (2-way tie only), 4) Most 1 ranks
Finals: 1) Cumulative rank, 2) Judges Preference
Team Sweepstakes: 1) Total points or Points Per Entry (depending on division), 2) Total points or Points Per Entry (the opposite rule as applied to the first), 3), Number of first-place winners in finals, second-place, etc.



Individual awards will be presented to all final round participants. Team sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the top scoring schools overall in each division. Division size will be determined after registration closes based on the dynamics of team entries.



The tournament has arranged two lunch options available for advanced purchase only:

  • Boxed Lunches will be available for purchase by competitors, coaches, judges, etc. in advance of the tournament. The cost is $7.00 each. A boxed lunch includes a sandwich (either Turkey, Roast Beef, or Veggie), chips, fruit, and a soda. Be sure to specify the quantity of each type of boxed lunch (Turkey, Roast Beef, or Veggie) on Speechwire, if any. On tournament day, boxed lunches will be distributed at the University Center.
  • Judges Lounge Buffet Tickets can be purchased for judges, coaches, bus drivers, etc. (no students) in advance of the tournament. The cost is $8.00. The buffet is a "Brat and Hotdog Tailgate", including Potato Chips and Baked Beans. A veggie option will be available. On tournament day, the buffet will be located outside the Judges Lounge.

Lunch orders must be received via Speechwire, by 4:00pm, Monday, February 22nd.  Unfortunately, changes or additions cannot be made to the lunch order after that date/time because the catering order is locked in with campus catering. At registration, your team's registration packet will include lunch tickets for their respective order, if any. Teams will receive a separate invoice for lunch and registration costs, since not all teams will want to submit lunch invoices for reimbursement.

Doing lunch on your own? You’re welcome to. If your team is bringing lunches, please eat lunches at the University Center. There are no off-campus dining options within walking distance. We strongly encourage teams to stay on campus during the day. Due to University dining contracts, we cannot offer concessions at the tournament, therefore, lunches can only be ordered in advance.



If you have a student or judge who needs special accommodations, please let us know in advance by emailing forensics@uww.edu. We can then make adjustments accordingly. 


Manager contact information

Jim Disrude
Email address: DisrudeJL10@uww.edu
Phone number:

Mailing address

800 W. Main St.
Heide Hall 402, Jim Disrude
Whitewater, WI 53190

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