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GBCFL National Qualifier

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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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The Individual Events qualifier will be held on Sunday, February 18 at Winneconne High School.

ENTRIES: Each member school is allowed up to four entries in each of the six categories.

JUDGES: You will be responsible for one judge for every three entries. If you are bringing more than three judges, additional judges must be "clean" judges (a.k.a. judges who do not know and have not coached your students) or judges hired by the tournament and your team will be charged for their judging fee. If you are able to bring clean judges above and beyond those required by your team entries, please do. I would like to have a qualified and diverse judging pool. If you know a qualified judge that can be hired by the tournament, please send his/her name and contact information to Kirt at kgraves@sasd.net.

Prelim rounds will have two judges; finals will have three judges. In this tournament, one-half of the total prelim scores are carried across to the final rankings.

FEES: Due at registration is the $65 base entry fee and $10.00 per entry. Checks should be made payable to GBCFL. Additional costs will be prorated. If possible, I would appreciate initial payment at tournament time since the hired judges will want to be paid.

SCRIPTS: Please remember to bring all original copies of all Dramatic Performance, Oral Interpretation, and Duo Interp selections with you in case there is a questions of what is acceptable. Rules for NCFL differ from WHSFA and WFCA in what is acceptable, especially in prose and poetry. Read carefully the rules on the website (ncfl.org) for clarification. Extempers are not permitted a power source or internet connectivity. Be particularly careful with any TED talks; there must be reference to a complete script which is accessible and given to a live audience.

PREFERENCE SHEETS: For all students who are double-entered, preference sheets must be handed in prior to the start of competition on February 18, initialed by both student and coach. At nationals, students may only compete in one event.

REGISTRATION: Complete registration using SpeechWire by Wednesday, February 14. You will be able to make adds/drops until Friday afternoon. No adds will be accepted after Friday. Drops after Friday will be assessed a $5.00 nuisance fee. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR STUDENTS THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO ATTEND NATIONALS MAY 25-27. IT IS NOT FAIR TO BUMP ANOTHER STUDENT IN COMPETITION AND THEN NOT ATTEND NATIONALS.

If you qualify students to nationals, be prepared to immediately register your judges who will be attending nationals. We will need one judge to cover congress and one judge for every two entries or fraction thereof in individual events. If you must amend this, it must be done by April 9, 2018.

For additional information on the national tournament, I encourage you to go to www.ncfl.org. 

HOUSING: The GBCFL has 20 rooms blocked at the Mariott Marquis in Washington DC (the main tournament hotel) that we can use for our schools. More information on using those rooms will be available following the qualifying tournament. Please book your room either through the GBCFL block or the official NCFL hotel block. Each school that does not book through the official hotel block will be assessed a $100 fee per student by the NCFL.

COACHES: At some point during the day on February 18, we will have our coaches' meeting. Once the tournament is scheduled, I'll be able to determine which round is best for this meeting to take place. If you don't know by the time you walk in the door, please ask me. This is an election year, so we will have the chance to choose officers. Please take some time to consider if you would like to serve the GBCFL in this way. Let me know if you have any questions.

Manager contact information

Kirt Graves
Email address: kirt.sheboygannorthforensics@gmail.com
Phone number: 920-287-1207

Mailing address

1042 School Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53083

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