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Gail Shadwell Invitational

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The Elgin Community College Forensics Team and the department of Communication Studies are excited to invite you to the “Gail Shadwell Invitational Tournament” to be held on Saturday December 1, 2018. 
For those that aren’t aware, Gail Shadwell was a Speech faculty member at Elgin Community College for almost fifty years, and was instrumental in creating many student centered activities, including ECC’s Speech Team. 
Please note that this IE tournament will be a novice tournament. A “novice” will be defined as any student with less than 2 years (four semesters) of intercollegiate competitive experience.   
Our IE tournament will have two rounds of preliminary competition, and finals in all events (providing that size of the event allows for such).  Please also note the special approaches that we will be utilizing for prelim rounds of CA and Extemp. Enclosed in this packet you will find information regarding logistics (registration, parking, etc.) and tournament fees for all events.
New this year to our tournament fee structure is a charge of $7 per student to fund a catered pizza lunch from ECC's Catering Services. By doing so, we hope to be able to keep you safe and warm inside the building, should the December weather be too harsh. This will also allow us to keep everyone here on campus so that we can be as efficient with our time as possible.
Also, while we intend to once again offer debate at our tournament in the future, we will not be able to do so in 2018. However, for those looking to compete in debate, there will be an LPL tournament at the College of Du Page on Friday Nov. 30.
Should any question arise, feel free to contact me.
As an FYI: this tournament will utilize SpeechWire for registration of all events and tabbing, so keep that in mind when it is time to register.
We hope to see you on December 1, 2018!  
Tim Anderson on behalf of the ECC Speech Team and  ECC Communication Studies Department


Students may enter up to three events per flight pattern.

Flight A

Flight B














Each school is limited to six entries for each individual eventWith the exception of Communication Analysis and Extemp (please review the event description below) all events will follow Phi Rho Pi rules, accessible at www.phirhopi.org


The events of Communication Analysis and Extemp will have an educational twist for this tournament. At the end of each speech, a brief amount of time will be allotted (an additional 2-3 minutes) for the judge to ask the speaker a critical question (or questions, should time allow) about the analysis performed. It should be noted that the purpose of this approach is not for the judge to ask the speaker to repeat/rephrase information, nor is it to "trick" a speaker into contradicting their analysis. Further, the purpose is to extend the educational aspect of the event, and also to promote the deeper level of critical thinking that is unique for these events. To the best of our ability, the tournament staff will format the number of students in each preliminary section to accommodate for this approach. Please note that should a final round of either event be needed, they will follow standard final round protocol and no extra time will be given for questions from the judging panel.


Trophies will be awarded to the top six entrants in each individual event. Further, the top five speakers in Individual Sweeps will be recognized. In order to qualify for Individual Sweepstakes, a student must be entered in a minimum of four events (one must be an Interp event, and one must be a PA/LP).

Team Sweepstakes awards will also be given to the five schools accumulating the most sweepstakes points. NOTE: Sweeps points will be based on IE accumulations ONLY.


The Shadwell Tournament will also award Quality Sweepstakes for the top five schools. Quality sweepstakes will be determined by calculating the total number of team sweeps points divided by number of slots entered in the tournament.


There will be a fee of $7.00 per student added to each team so that we can offer a catered pizza lunch through the ECC Catering Office. This will also help keep things running on time, and also eliminate the need to leave campus (in the event of inclement weather)

Further, The entry fee is $8.00 for each IE slot; and an additional $10.00 per uncovered slot. Schools are required to provide one judge for every six slots. 

We want your judges, not your money!

The more judges we can use, the more efficiently we can run the tournament. If you know of anyone that would be willing/able to serve as a hired judge, please let Tim Anderson (tanderson@elgin.edu) or Jim Dittus (jdittus@elgin.edu) know as soon as possible (along with contact info for the person…preferably email).

Entry Deadline for all events is 5 PM, Wednesday Nov 28 through SpeechWireThe following schedule will be used for changes/drops:

Changes after deadline, until 12 PM on Thursday Nov 29: No charges.

Drops Thursday Nov 29 until 5PM: $10/per slot

Drops by Noon Friday Nov 30: $15/per slot

Drops after Noon Friday Nov 30 or “from the van” before registration: $20/per slot

Drops at registration: $25/per slot

Judge drop: $60


Forensics is more than friendly competition: forensics cares! So that our speech community can help those less fortunate this time of year, we are requesting that each school bring one item per student registered to donate to ECC’s Spartan Food Pantry. Please keep in mind that this is only a request, and no student/school will be turned away if they do not have a donation to the pantry.

The goal of SFP is to help benefit the roughly one-third of ECC students who are economically disadvantaged. As a Phi Theta Kappa officer put it, “The food pantry is a key resource for financially struggling students. It allows them to attend class, pay for books and not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.”

Here is a list of items of which the pantry is in most need:

-          Fruits (snack cups or cans)

-          Starches (rice, pasta, instant potatoes)

-          Canned veggies (not green beans - we have unlimited amounts of green beans and tuna!)

-          Deodorant

-          Toothpaste

Again, please keep in mind that this donation is not a requirement, only a request. No student/school will be turned away if they do not have a donation to the pantry


Saturday, Dec. 1

7.30 - 8.15 - Registration outside F-124

8.15 - Round 1-A

9.45 - Round 2-A

10.45 - 12 PM - Lunch

11.45 - Extemp Prep

12.00 - Round 1-B

1.15 - Extemp Prep

1.30 - Round 2-B

Flight A and B Finals and Awards: ASAP







Holiday Inn and Suites

495 Airport Road, Elgin, IL

(847) 488-900


Hampton Inn Chicago/Elgin

405 Airport Road, Elgin, IL

(847) 931-1940


Quality Inn

500 Tollgate Road, Elgin, IL

(847) 608-7300


Super 8

435 Airport Rd., Elgin, IL 60123

(847) 888-0088




Marriott TownPlace Suites

2185 Marriott Dr. West Dundee, IL 60118

(847) 608-6320


Courtyard by Marriott

2175 Marriott Dr., West Dundee, IL 60118

(847) 429-0300


Comfort Suites

2480 Bushwood Drive, Elgin, IL

(847) 836-9500


Country Inn and Suites

2270 Point Boulevard, Elgin, IL

(847) 426-6400



You can find information about the ECC campus at:




Registration will be held in the Building F Foyer, and you can freely park in the F Lot.






Manager contact information

Tim Anderson
Email address: tanderson@elgin.edu
Phone number: 847-214-7275

Mailing address

1700 Spartan Dr
Elgin, IL 60123

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