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Oshkosh North Forensics Tournament

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Come back to Oshkosh for Year 3!

The Oshkosh North Forensics Team invites you to the third annual Oshkosh North Forensics Tournament on January 20, 2018.  We are the southernmost school in the Fox Valley region hosting a forensics tournament, and our geographic location brings a good cross-section of schools from around the state annually to compete.  Bringing your team to Oshkosh provides them with a good opportunity to see a mix of competitors and judging that they may not see again until the state tournament in April.

We will offer three rounds of preliminary competition of all standard WFCA events, including Impromptu (new standard event for both WHSFA and WFCA in 2018), and if sufficient entries warrant, we will also offer Novice Prose and Poetry competitions (we had enough entries in 2017 to offer robust varsity and novice competitions in each category).  Since we understand the value of the power round learning experience, we will ensure a power round competition for all categories, even if it serves to only determine whom among the top three will be the day’s champion.  Last year, we had sufficient entries in all categories to offer a full power round in all events.

And speaking of champions, we will be offering trophies to the top three finishers in all events as well as providing finalist medals to all students advancing to the power round.  We will award trophies to the top three teams in three divisions.  We will determine divisions based on entries the week of the tournament.

We are running a WFCA tournament, but we invite both WFCA and WHSFA schools to attend! 

ENTRIES:  Teams may enter as many entries as they would like with up to the top 25 counting toward the team score.  Double entries are allowed in all categories, except Radio and Extemp entries may not enter in both categories due to scheduling constraints (but students may enter in one draw and one non-draw category, Extemp and Oratory, for example).  Triple-entries are not allowed.  Note: Novice Prose/Poetry are only open to students competing in their first year in forensics; not their first year in the category.    

RULESWFCA rules will apply in all events.  To accommodate the category differences between WFCA and WHSFA, Public Address competitors may enter as Oratory entries and 4-Minute competitors may enter Informative Speaking.  We will advise judges not to penalize speeches in those categories that resemble their WHSFA approximations.  But please note, no notecards in Oratory or chairs in the solo acting categories are allowed.

JUDGES:  Please provide one qualified judge for every five entries or fraction thereof.  If you are short on judges, you may hire one of our independent extra judges at a rate of $115/judge.  You must provide the number of judges you indicate on your original entry and any additional judges to accommodate any late adds.  Please note, we will once again invite “celebrity” judges from the arts, government, education, and journalism to provide written critiques in select Power Rounds.  However, “celebrity” critiques will not count toward official scores nor replace any of the three standard, quality judges whose Power Round evaluations will determine official results.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Monday, January 15 at 3:00 P.M. via Speechwire.com (click on the Oshkosh North Tournament link).  Coaches should manage drops on Speechwire through 10:00 A.M. on Friday, January 19.  Entry fees will apply to any drops after this date. 

CONFIRMATION:  We will send you a confirmation e-mail the week of the meet.  Each team will need to confirm their entries with us via text by 7:15 A.M. on Saturday morning so we can accommodate any last-minute changes while keeping the tournament on time!  We will only allow day-of adds if competition space and schedule availability allows.

FEES:  $9 per individual entry and $12 for each group entry (Duo, Group Interpretation, and Play Acting) as of your team’s registration on Speechwire through 10:00 A.M. on Friday, January 19.  Please make checks payable to Oshkosh North Forensics.  Registration fees will still apply to any entries dropped after 10:00 A.M. on Friday.

FOOD:  We will have complimentary breakfast and lunch items for judges, coaches, and drivers in the hospitality lounge.  The Oshkosh North Booster Club will sell food throughout the day for competitors.

ACCESSIBILITY:  Please let us know if any students or judges require special accessibility needs, and we will be happy to accommodate. 

QUESTIONS?:  Contact Mike Wagner at (920) 203-8055 (cell) or oshkoshnorthforensics@gmail.com (note, I will likely not be able to respond to you until after 5:00 P.M. on most days, except the week of the tournament).

Schedule         -           Saturday, January 20

Prior to 7:15……....….Text-in confirmation


8:15……………………Mandatory Judges Meeting in Hospitality

                                    Radio/Extemp Draw

8:45…………………….Round 1, All Events

10:00…………………..Round 2, All Events

11:15…………………..Round 3, All events

1:15…………………….Power Rounds



We look forward to hosting your team and providing a professional and enjoyable day of forensics!



Kyra Sawyer                                                       Amanda Nienhaus                              Mike Wagner

Forensics Coordinator                                        Assistant Coach                                 Tournament Director




Manager contact information

Kyra Sawyer
Email address: kyra.sawyer@oshkosh.k12.wi.us
Phone number: (920) 424-7000 ex. 2771

Mailing address

1100 W. Smith Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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