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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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The Madison West High School Forensics team invites your team to our 5th annual invitational forensic tournament. It begins with student congress on Friday, March 18 and speech events on Saturday, March 19.

This tournament is an official bid tournament for the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions (NIETOC) in the categories of Duo Interp, Oratory, Dramatic Interp (Solo Serious), Humorous Interp (Solo Humorous) and Duet Acting (Play Acting with 2 people).  Bids are awarded based on the total number of entries in each category as follows: 35+ entries, all finalists; 20-34 entries, top three; less than 20 entries, first place.  Complete details and entry information on NIETOC are available at nietoc.com

Registration opens February 8, 2016


WFCA rules will be used for all events (For a list of rules see www.wfcaforensics.org) with the following clarifications:

  • Solo acting and OIL are a maximum of 10 minutes, but 8-minute performances will not be penalized.
  • Oratory is a maximum of 10 minutes, but 8-minute speeches will not be penalized.  This is to accommodate the fact that we are not offering Public Address as a separate category.  We encourage those with PA speeches to enter in Oratory.  However, we will adhere to the WFCA no notes allowed rule.
  • Oratorical Declamation will follow NCFL rules and is limited to 9th and 10th graders.  Prelim scores in Declamation will not count toward team sweepstakes.

Similar to the way we announce Prose or Poetry for specific rounds in OIL, at our tournament we will announce which specific type of story must be told each round for Storytelling.  There will be no Storytelling cards. 



Students are allowed to enter one or two events, but not both Extemp and Radio. The same material may not be used in separate events.  

Teams are capped at 80 total entries. Your top 25 entries will count toward team scores with a maximum of four entries counted per event. Oratorical Declamation is offered and the finalists will be recognized with medals and trophies like all other categories.  However, since this is not a WFCA category, there will be no sweepstakes points awarded to teams for entries in this event. 

Due to space constraints, we are limited to 400 total entries.  Please get your team entered early to avoid any last minute disappointment.


Please register via Speechwire.com by 5:00pm, Friday, March 11th.  Coaches can manage their own drops on Speechwire.com until 3:30 PM, Friday, March 18th. After that point, email drops to jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us at your earliest possible convenience.  

There is no penalty for drops received by 8:00pm, Thursday, March 17th.  Entries dropped after that time will still be charged.  Day of tournament drops are strongly discouraged.  

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.

On the day of the tournament you must TEXT between 7:00-7:30 AM to confirm ALL your entries, EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO DROPS. This will ensure that we get started on time. Text John Rademacher at 608-335-4837 AND Rita Pello at 224-639-2532.  Any Saturday morning drops must be texted in as soon as possible! 

Since we don't have all your number in our phone contact lists, please use this format when confirming your entries: 
School Name
Drop Category, Code, Name
for example: 
Madison West
Drop Moments, X23, Erika Wood
Sun Prairie
No Drops

Please email a cell number at which you can be reached on tournament day to jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us, in case we need to reach you.


A fee of $9.00 for each individual entry and $12 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 March 17.


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. Please try to bring your own quality judges. Your judge commitment will be based on your entry as of Thursday, March 17th.  ALL judges are committed to being available through final rounds.

You must enter the names of all judges you are bringing into Speechwire.  If the number of judge names entered does not cover your judging obligation, you will be charged $100 for each uncovered judge.  Make sure you indicate that your judges are for your Saturday commitment by choosing “Speech” in the “Judge Type” drop-down menu.

We may have a small number of hired judges available for you at a cost of $100 per judge, first come, first served.


Saturday Schedule:

7:30-8:15  Registration

8:30     Radio/Extemp Draw Begins

8:30     Judges Meeting in the library


9:00     Round 1

10:10   Round 2

11:20   Round 3


1:15    Final Rounds Begin

2:45    Awards in the Auditorium


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.  

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


The magnificent West Forensics Parents will have breakfast and lunch for sale.  Selections for sale include grilled cheese sandwiches and Spaghetti-O’s.  Lunch will be provided for coaches, judges and bus drivers.  

If anyone on your team has any allergies or special dietary restrictions, please let us know prior to the tournament.


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 are a limited number of spaces in the staff lot behind the school, entered from Van Hise Street. 

Buses may park on Speedway Avenue, to the southwest of the school, at the Regent Street and Highland Avenue intersection behind West. 




On Friday night, we will host a student congress. Registration begins at 3:45.  The plan is for 2 sessions, beginning at 4:15. 


Email legislation to Tim Scheffler, TimScheff@aol.com ,  by Monday, March 14.  The fee is $9 per student, and each school must bring one qualified congress judge.


Register your congress entries using speechwire.  When entering a congress judge, make sure you indicate they are for your congress judge obligation using the “Judge Type” drop-down menu.


We are looking forward to hosting you! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!


John Rademacher

Coach, Madison West Forensics

Work: 608-204-3181

Cell: 608-335-4837

E-Mail: jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us


Rita Pello

Coach, Madison West Forensics

Work: 608-204-3186

E-Mail: rpello@madison.k12.wi.us

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John Rademacher
Email address: jrademacher@madison.k12.wi.us
Phone number: 608-335-4837

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30 Ash St
Madison, WI 53726

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