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THE 28th ANNUAL HILL COUNTRY SWING
Texas State University-San Marcos & The University of Texas at Austin
 
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to join us in San Marcos for the 2017 edition of the annual Hill Country Swing. Both of this year’s contests will again be held conveniently on the campus of Texas State University-San Marcos, Texas, on September 23-24, 20167 Both tournaments will offer the eleven AFA-NIET individual events, and qualify students for AFA and NFA national tournaments. It is possible that students from Texas State University and/or UT Austin may compete on hosting days, depending on entry sizes and the needs of the tournament, though the host school will not be eligible for team sweepstakes awards on Saturday or Sunday.
 
Awards will be presented to finalists in all events, as well as individual and school sweepstakes. An overall swing sweepstakes trophy will be awarded to the top institution attending both tournaments.
 
We hope that you have had an enjoyable summer, and we also hope you will kick off the season with Hill Country.
 
Sincerely,
 
Randy Cox                                                             Wayne Kraemer
Director of Individual Events                                  Director of Forensics
Department of Comm. Studies - A1105                 Department of Communication Studies
University of Texas at Austin                                  Texas State University
Austin, TX 78712-1089                                           San Marcos, Texas 78666
(512) 471-1957 - Office                                           (512) 245-2331 - Office
(512) 250-2071 - Home                                           (512) 392-1984 - Home
(512) 232-1481 - FAX                                              (512) 245-3138 - FAX
mrcox@austin.utexas.edu                                        wk02@txstate.edu
 
 
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
 
ENTRIES
Please submit entries via Speechwire by 5:00pm on Monday, September 18, 2017 (even if you only plan to attend one half of the swing). Fees will be calculated at 5:00pm on Wednesday September 20. Changes should be made before that time. Adds or drops after that time are subject to regular fees as assessed on the 16th plus a $10.00 per change nuisance fee. There is no limit on the number of students a school may enter per event. Students may enter no more than three events per pattern at each half. Students entered in multiple events are responsible for notifying their judges, and judges will not wait past the scheduled times for students who are cross-entered. Events with 45 students or more will advance to a semi-final round.
 
JUDGES
We much prefer having you bring judges than assessing judging fees. One judge can cover a total of 8 slots across the IE patterns. A very limited number of hired judges will be available for uncovered individual event slots. 
 
FEES
Entry fees for Individual Events (including duo) are $10.00 per slot per tournament. Each judge, as previously mentioned, covers 8 individual event slots per tournament. Hired judges are $15.00 per uncovered individual event slot. Judges dropped after Wednesday September 20th at 5:00 PM will incur a $100.00 nuisance fee plus all fees for uncovered slots.
 
 
TOURNAMENT RULES
No prepared event may have been used in competition prior to this academic year.
 
AFA-NIET event descriptions will govern over the following categories: Prose, Poetry, Informative, Persuasive, Dramatic, Duo, After-Dinner, Communication Analysis, Extemporaneous, Impromptu, and POI. 
 
JUDGES WHO FAIL TO PICK UP THEIR BALLOTS WILL RENDER ALL CONTESTANTS FROM THEIR SCHOOL INELIGIBLE FOR ELIMINATION ROUNDS.
Sweepstakes points for Individual Events will be awarded as follows: first - 10 points; second - 7 points; third - 5 points; finals not placing - 2 points; semi-finals not advancing - one point.
 
LODGING
Check out your favorite internet booking site for the best deals. There are many hotel options in San Marcos to meet the needs of just about every budget. For other hotel options you can check out the San Marcos Visitor and Convention page at http://www.toursanmarcos.com/node/66
 
Please contact Wayne Kraemer directly for if you have questions or need additional hotel information. 
 
DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS
 
To Centennial Hall on the Texas State University-San Marcos campus: From Interstate 35 take the Aquarena Springs exit. Follow the service road to Aquarena Springs and turn right (or left if you are coming from the south).
 
Proceed on Aquarena Springs until you cross the San Marcos River. Once you cross the river make an immediate right on Sessoms. Follow Sessoms up the hill and the second traffic light will be North LBJ. Make a left on North LBJ and enter the campus. The Texas State campus is usually a closed campus, but on weekends you do not need to stop at the guard booth at the North LBJ entrance to obtain a parking permit. Go one block to the stop sign and you will see a parking garage. The garage is attached to Centennial Hall. Registration is on the Second Floor Lobby where the ballot table also will be located. The open lobby on the 1st floor outside of the Teaching Theater will be the main common area and hospitality location throughout the tournament.
 
 
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(SOME SCHEDULE CHANGES MAY BE MADE PRIOR TO THE TOURNAMENT)
 
Texas State-San Marcos Individual Events Portion, Saturday, September 23, 2017
Pattern A:  Extemp, Persuasion, ADS, CA, DI, Poetry 
Pattern B:  Prose, Informative, Impromptu, POI, DUO
 
7:00 AM IE Registration
8:00 AM Extemp Draw
8:30 AM Round I Pattern A
10:00 AM Round I Pattern B
12:00 Noon Extemp Draw
12:30 PM Round II Pattern A
2:00 PM Round II Pattern B
3:15 PM Extemp Draw
3:45 PM Finals Set 1
5:15 PM Finals Set 2
6:45 PM Finals Set 3
8:30 PM or ASAP Awards Assembly
(Note: If our judging situation allows, we will consolidate and remove the 3rd finals set)
 
UT-Austin Individual Events Portion, Sunday, September 24, 2017
 
(Also on the Texas State-San Marcos campus)
 
Pattern A: Extemp, Persuasion, ADS, CA, DI, Poetry 
Pattern B: Prose, Informative, Impromptu, POI, Duo
 
7:30 AM Late Registration
8:00 AM Extemp Draw
8:30 AM Round I Pattern A
10:00 AM Round I Pattern B
12:00 Noon Extemp Draw
12:30 PM Round II Pattern A
2:00 PM Round II Pattern B
3:15 PM Extemp Draw
3:45 PM Finals Set 1
5:15 PM Finals Set 2
6:45 PM Finals Set 3
8:00 PM or ASAP Awards Assembly
(Note: If our judging situation allows, we will consolidate and remove the 3rd finals set to depart ahead of schedule)
 

Manager contact information

Wayne Kraemer
Email address: wk02@txstate.edu
Phone number: 5122452331

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