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Christmas Classic - Fri/Sat

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Dear Forensics Community:


The forensics teams of Oklahoma City University and West Texas A&M University cordially invite you to the Christmas Classic Swing, to be hosted on the beautiful sunny campus of Oklahoma City University November 30-December 2, 2018.


We invite you to join us for a weekend of competition featuring two complete individual

event tournaments with the eleven AFA events, and a debate tournament with Parliamentary and IPDA debate formats. Each individual event tournament (OCU Invitational on Saturday and WTAMU Invitational on Sunday) will include two preliminary rounds and a final (semi-finals if necessary). Parliamentary Debate will include five, and IPDA five preliminary rounds on Friday, and out-rounds as needed on Saturday. NPDA will include one open division and IPDA will include junior and varsity divisions if warranted by entry sizes of each event. Competitors must have less than two years of experience in college forensics to compete in the junior division. Divisions may be collapsed if small entry sizes warrant. Students may enter in either Parliamentary or IPDA on Friday, but not both. Students may enter three individual events per pattern. Two duos count as two events.


We are pleased to also announce that in the tradition of celebrating the creativity and fellowship of the forensics community, we will be having opportunities to share the Christmas spirit. Christmas cards will be available to send to fellow competitors or schools, along with Christmas goodies and decorations. We will have an ugly Christmas sweater competition for coaches and a forensics Christmas carol parody competition. Finally, we are asking that teams help make it a special Christmas for those less fortunate in the area. If your team is interested, please bring a new unwrapped toy(s) to add to a contribution to Toys for Tots on behalf of our forensics community.


Further details about the Christmas Classic Swing follow on the next few pages.

We look forward to receiving your entry by the deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:00 p.m. through Speechwire. Please visit their website to enter.


We can’t wait to see you in Oklahoma City during the most wonderful time of the year!




Joshua E. Young, PhD                                                Connie McKee

Director of Forensics                                                  Director of Forensics

Oklahoma City University                                         West Texas A&M University

jeyoung@okcu.edu                                                     cmckee@mail.wtamu.edu









Tentative Schedule

Friday, November 30

Christmas Classic Debate

8:00 Registration

9:00 Parli/IPDA Round 1,

10:30 Parli/IPDA Round 2

12:30 Parli/IPDA Round 3

2:00 Parli/IPDA Round 4

3:30 Parli/IPDA Round 5

5:00 IPDA (Quarters/Semis)/Parli (Quarters/Semis)

Coach’s Check and Postings ASAP

7:00 IPDA (Semis/Final)/Parli (Semis/Final)


Saturday, December 1

OCU Invitational

7:00 Registration/Breakfast

7:30 IPDA (Finals if needed)/Parli (Finals if needed)

8:30 Extemp Draw

9:00 Flight B Round 1

10:15 Flight A Round 1

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Extemp Draw

1:00 Flight B Round 2

2:15 Flight A Round 2

3:30 Extemp Draw (Finals)

4:00 Flight B Finals

5:15 Flight A Finals

ASAP Awards


Sunday, December 2

WTAMU Invitational

8:00 Extemp Draw

8:30 Flight B Round 1

9:45 Flight A Round 1

11:00 Flight A Round 2

12:15 Extemp Draw

12:30 Flight B Round 2

1:45 Flight A Finals

3:00 Extemp Draw

3:15 Flight B Finals

ASAP Awards


Flight A

Impromptu, Informative, Prose, Dramatic Interp., After Dinner Speaking


Flight B

Poetry, Comm. Analysis, Duo Interp., Extemp., Persuasion, POI





Deadline: Entries should be sent no later than 5:00 on Tuesday, November 27. Entries may be submitted through Joy of Tournaments. Drops and changes may be made without penalty until Tuesday, December 27 at 5:00. Changes after this time will incur an additional fee of $10 per slot.


Debate Limitations: Students may enter either Parli or IPDA, but not both. The

tournament directors reserve the right to collapse divisions of debate if entry size warrants this action. Debate divisions offered: Open Parliamentary Debate. IPDA Varisty and Junior.


Individual Event Limitations: Students may enter a maximum of three individual

events per pattern. Competitors may enter two duos (with different partners), but this

will count as two events in pattern A. Students entered in multiple events will be

responsible for making it to their rounds on time, and should endeavor to sign in. The

tournament directors reserve the right to limit the number of entries from a school, and

to balance rounds to accommodate judging obligations from schools with large entries.


Event Rules

We will follow AFA rules for individual events. Open internet access will be

allowed in extemp prep. Parliamentary teams will be given 15 minutes of preparation time following topic announcement. IPDA debate will follow IPDA guidelines. Debaters will be given 30 minutes of preparation time following topic draw. Debaters are expected to be in their competition rooms at the end of prep time, and a late forfeiture rule will be enforced. IPDA will be flighted, and offer two divisions: Junior and Varsity.



Please make every effort to cover your judging requirements. Please know that OCU and WTAMU will provide a limited amount of hired judges for the tournament. Many of these judges will have limited forensics experience, but will have undergone a limited training to ensure quality judges.


Individual Events: $10 (one judge covers 6 slots)

Judging Fee Per Uncovered Individual Events: $15

ParliTeams: $50 (one judge covers 2 teams)

Judging Fee Per Uncovered Parli Team: $40

IPDA: $30 (one judge covers four debaters)

Judging Fee Per Uncovered IPDA: $25

Drops at Registration: fee + $25. Dropped judges: $100 each.



Awards will be given to the top six competitors in each individual event, and out-round

participants in debate. Debate events will also include speaker awards for the top 3



Team Sweepstakes: The top three schools will be recognized with an award for

individual events sweeps, debate sweeps, and combined debate/IE.

Sweepstakes awards will be calculated with the following formula:


Individual Event Preliminaries:

1st – 3 points

2nd – 2 points

3rd – 1 point


Individual Event Finals:

1st – 12 points

2nd – 10 points

3rd – 8 points

4th – 6 points

5th – 4 points

6th – 2 points


Debate Preliminaries:

Win – 3 points

Loss – 1 point


Debate Out-Rounds (except


Win – 6 points

Loss – 2 points


Debate Finals:

Win – 12 points

Loss – 6 points


Tournament Practices

The WTAMU and OCU may enter novice competitors in their own half of the IE swing. OCU and WTAMU competitors will be en­tered in debate events. Tournament directors reserve the right to place students from the same team into the same section of IEs to conserve judges.


OCU is a smoke-free campus. Please refrain from tobacco use on campus.

A number of food options are available both on campus, and within walking distance. The tournament will provide food for debaters on Friday evening. We will also provide a hospitality lounge with breakfast, lunch, and snacks for judges and coaches.


Hotel Suggestions

The OCU sits in the heart of the Oklahoma City Metro Area. There are many affordable hotels in the uptown and downtown area to fit any budget. Other options may be in the surrounding areas of Midwest City or Moore. Please research the best options for your organization.


OCU Campus Map & Parking

Tournament Registration will be held in the Walker Center. Parking is available on the North side of the building. The tab room will be located in Walker Center 153 and the judges/coaches lounge will be in Walker Center X. A map of the OCU campus can be found here: INSERT LINK!


Forensics Christmas Carol Parody

Teams wishing to show off their senses of humor and creativity may have one entry per school. Teams are asked to create a parody about the forensics tournament to the tune of their own chosen Christmas carol. Entries may include as many competitors as you wish, but must have at least three. The top three entries will be awarded. Entries in this event are not counted towards sweepstakes.



Coach’s Ugly Sweater Contest

Coaches are encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweaters to the tournament Saturday. Sweaters may be store-bought or student/homemade. Students will have the opportunity to vote on the ugliest sweater of their choice throughout the day on Saturday. The top three ugliest sweaters will be awarded.


Manager contact information

Joshua Young
Email address: jeyoung@okcu.edu
Phone number: 515-238-8503

Mailing address

2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

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