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East Ridge Raptor Invitational 2018

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This is a High School tournament in Minnesota.

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Welcome to the tournament website for the:
5th Annual East Ridge Raptor Invitational Speech Tournament
Sponsored by Chuck Eckberg Realty Group of Re/Max Results!

We are excited to offer great competition and a fun atmosphere for competitors, coaches, and judges. The East Ridge Raptor Invitational will feature all 13 MSHSL categories plus Program Oral Interpretation. Once again this year the East Ridge Raptor Invitational is an NIETOC bid tournament.

Registration Deadline:
TEAM DEADLINE: Monday, February 5th at 5:00pm
ENTRY DEADLINE: Thursday, February 8th at 12:00pm
After that time, all drops will be assessed a fee of $7.00

We will be site scheduling this tournament, so please make all necessary changes to your registration on Speechwire until registration closes on Saturday morning. You may text any of your drops to Alex Carlson (651) 387-2914.

Entry Limits:
Each Varsity category has a cap of 80 entries total.
Each Novice category has a cap of 40 entries total.
Each team has a cap of 8 Varsity and 5 Novice entries per category.

Double and Triple Entries:
Students may double or triple enter with a few exceptions:
- Students in one draw category may enter one other non-draw category.
- Students in Discussion may not double enter in a draw category.

Entry Fees:
$7.00 per entry for all categories
Checks can be made payable to "East Ridge Speech Boosters"

Judging Requirements:
Teams are required to bring 1 judge for every 6 entries PER LOCATION. Please designate which judges you would like at East Ridge and at Cottage Grove Middle School during registration. Additional judges will be available to hire for $90.00 if teams cannot meet this requirement. Please contact Alex Carlson as soon as possible if you anticipate you will need to hire a judge.

Tournament Divisions:
This tournament will offer both a Varsity and Novice division. A Novice is considered someone who is in their first year as a high school speech competitor. Varsity and Novice will compete separately in prelims and Novices will have their own final round.

Tournament Format:
There will be three preliminary rounds of competition followed by a Final consisting of Varsity students who ranked 1-7 in prelims and a Next-In Final consisting of Varsity students who ranked 8-14 in prelims. There will also be a Novice Final consisting of the top 6 ranked Novice students.

Second Building (DIFFERENT THIS YEAR):
All preliminary Novice competition with the exception of draw categories and Discussion will take place at Cottage Grove Middle School. All Varsity rounds, Novice draw categories and Novice Discussion will take place at East Ridge High School. All final rounds (Varsity and Novice) will take place at East Ridge High School. Two shuttle buses will be provided to bring Novices to East Ridge when their 3rd rounds are completed. Please have your bus drop off students at both locations in the morning.

Cottage Grove Middle School - 9775 Indian Blvd S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016

NIETOC Bid Tournament:
The East Ridge Raptor Invitational is officially a bid tournament site for the National Individual Event Tournament of Champions. Students competing in Varsity Drama, Duo, Humorous, or Original Oratory have the ability to earn a bid that will get them one step closer to competing at the NIETOC Tournament in Denver, Colorado from May 11-13, 2018. For more information visit their official website. (NOTE: Because we are an NIETOC qualification tournament, students are allowed to enter Prose or Poetry pieces in Drama.)

MSHSL Categories:
Extemp. Reading (Prose): Stories 1-15 (ALL)
Extemp. Reading (Poetry): Stories 1-38 (ALL)
Storytelling: Stories 1-15 (ALL)
Discussion: Area I of Outline

Discussion Tasks:
We will be distributing Discussion tasks in-round.

Food will be available for purchase throughout the day for students in the East Ridge Cafeteria.
There will be a limited number of snacks at Cottage Grove Middle School, but we've scheduled rounds to end early so judges and students can eat lunch at East Ridge.
There will be breakfast and lunch served in the Judges Lounge at both locations provided by East Ridge Speech Boosters.

Twitter Updates:
We will be posting finals breaks and other important announcements throughout the day on Twitter. Follow us: @eastridgespeech

Please contact Alex Carlson if you have any questions. We look forward to a great tournament!

Manager contact information

Alex Carlson
Email address: alex.carlson4@gmail.com
Phone number: 651-387-2914

Mailing address

4200 Pioneer Drive
Woodbury, MN 55129

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