Battle for the Capital Day 2
This is a College tournament in Nebraska.
Dear Forensics Friends,
When the Nebraska Territory was founded in 1854, Omaha served as its capital city. However, most of Nebraska’s population lived south of the Platte River, sparking vigorous debate about moving the capital city to a location that would serve more people. And so began the Battle for the Capital, or so we like to think, until 1867 when the capital was moved from Omaha to Lincoln.
To honor the history of our state and the friendship between our academic institutions, we invite you to the first annual University of Nebraska Battle for the Capital. Both days of this swing will be held on the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus on February 18th & February 19th. Day one of the tournament will be hosted by UNL and day two will be hosted by UNO.
For several years, UNL and UNO have co-hosted together a late season tournament in order to give teams an opportunity to stretch their budgets. To do this, we offer low entry fees of $2 per slot; each uncovered slots will incur an additional $12. Please bring enough usable judges to cover your entry. In order to offer this low entry rate, we will award certificates or similar inexpensive trinkets instead of trophies. Moreover, our judge’s lounge will be modest at best (coffee, bagels, etc.).
Events and Point Distribution: We will offer competition in all eleven AFA events and appropriate elimination rounds. AFA tiebreaking procedures will be followed throughout the tournament. Awards will be given for 1st-6th places in each individual event. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards will be given in team sweepstakes. We will also recognize overall team sweepstakes winners.
Points for team awards will be as follows: 10 for 1st, 8 for 2nd, 6 for 3rd, 4 for 4th, 2 for 5th, 1 for 6th. Ties in team sweepstakes will be broken by number of finalists, then number of 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, etc.
Entry Deadline: Entries are due Tuesday, February 14th by 5:00 p.m. via www.speechwire.com. Fees will be assessed based on information we have received by February 15h at 12:00 p.m.
Fees: A fee of $10 will be charged for all changes made at registration. A fee of $50 will be charged for any judge dropped at registration. Such changes make it difficult to run a timely and efficient tournament. Please try to communicate all changes to the tournament directors ahead of time. No fee will be charged for events dropped after day one of the swing.
Tournament registration will take place in UNO’s Arts & Sciences (AS) building in the first-floor hallway.
Driving Directions: UNO is located in the metropolitan area of Omaha, Nebraska. We are centrally located on 60th & Dodge Street. If you travel to Omaha via Interstate 80:
• Take Exit 449 labeled “72nd Street” and travel north on 72nd Street to Dodge Street.
• Turn east (right) on Dodge Street. Continue on Dodge Street past most of campus.
• At 60th Street (last entrance onto campus), turn south (right) onto University Drive East.
• Continue up the hill and when you reach the stop sign, turn right and park in either parking lot.
Visit this website for a map of Omaha and the UNO campus: http://www.unomaha.edu/pages/map.html
*Special Needs: If you have a student or coach with special needs, please let us know. We will be happy to provide accommodations.
Tournament Schedule (Same for both days):
We will offer all eleven AFA individual events on both days.
8:00 Registration (first floor of AS)
8:30 Extemp Draw
8:45 Round 1A (Duo, CA, Extemp, Info, POI, Prose)
10:00 Round 1B (ADS, DI, Impromptu, Persuasion, Poetry)
11:45 Extemp Draw
12:00 Round 2A
1:15 Round 2B
2:30 Extemp Draw
2:45 Finals A
3:45 Finals B
We will send out an information pack the week of the tournament with food options and information regarding important rooms, including judges’ lounge and extemp draw.
Cameron Logsdon Aaron Duncan
Assistant Director of Forensics Director of Forensics
University of Nebraska Omaha University of Nebraska Lincoln
(402) 709-2361 (402) 472-6920
 For you history buffs, the capital was moved from Omaha to the village of Lancaster. Lancaster was not renamed “Lincoln” until Nebraska was admitted to the union on March 1, 1867.
6001 Dodge Street