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Lincoln Southeast Holiday Joust

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Dear Forensics Friends:
 
     The Southeast High School Forensics Program invites you to attend the HOLIDAY JOUST on Friday, December 14th, 2018.  Once again, we are a proud NIETOC National Qualifying tournament!  Last year, we had enough entries to run Merit finals in almost all TOC events, and we hope to do that again this year.  We really enjoy running this tournament, and hope to make it a wonderful experience for everyone!  We like to offer great food, a competitive and timely run tournament, and great awards!  Please read over the invitation and call or e-mail  - or text, for that matter - if you have any questions. We will run 3 rounds and finals, with finals divided into CHAMP and HONORS finals, as well as MERIT finals for any TOC event that has met the numbers criteria for MERIT.
 
     Speech events are Open division, but we will be recognizing High Novice in each individual event (Not DUO or OID). Double entry is allowed in all events; triple entry allowed for all except Extempers and OIDAGAIN NO TRIPLE ENTRY FOR EXTEMPERS AND THOSE IN OID!  No quad entry.  There is a triathlon award for those who are triple entered.  We will once again limit entries to six per event to make sure we have room for all schools, but we will also have a waiting list to fill the building on a first come, first serve basis. We will do everything we can to let all on the waitlist in; however, we have been stretching the limits of the building in previous years (somewhere around 650 entries). In the event we do allow more than six per event, only the top six from any school in any given event will be scored. Our eventst this year are POI, HI/HP, DI/SP, POE, DUO, ENT, INF, PER/OO, EXT, IMP, and OID.  
 
     We again will be tabbing without speaker points on the ballots.  Tiebreaking to decide who makes finals is based on 1) prelim round combined ranks, 2) opponent's strength, 3) head to head, 4) prelim reciprocals. Finals tiebreaking will be 1) rank in finals, 2) judge's pref in finals, 3) final round reciprocals, 4) prelim round ranks, 5) prelim round opponent's strength.
 
     We will also be using the NSDA overtime rule (those overtime simply cannot be ranked first).  There will be no ghost ranks.
 
     We also will be using BLAST capabilities for both competitors and judges - just helps with getting postings for rounds 2 and 3 out, as well as postings for finals. More information about how everyone can sign up will be coming the week of the tournament.
 
     Since we're working with teams that are using a variety of rules, we will allow 12 minute DUO and 10 minute INFORMATIVE.  Ballots are posted on this site under "Files posted by the tournament manager." 
 
     New this year:  We are going to experiment with the judge selection process. If you've been coming to this tournament for awhile, you know I've been asking you to mark what your judges' *strengths* are, in an effort to have the best quality judging in each round.  I hope you've been as pleased with the results as we have.  In an effort to streamline the process (and to get all teams to participate) this year we are going to try to incorporate judge types.  You will be able to select one of three options. If a judge is most comfortable/competent in interpretation events, select INTERPRETATION JUDGE and they will only judge interpretation events.   If they are most comfortable/competent in public address events, select PUBLIC ADDRESS JUDGE. If a judge is comfortable/competent in all events, they should be marked as SPEECH JUDGEWe will attempt to follow those selections unless needed You are also encouraged to mark what a judge would like to judge for finals - it helps us ensure the best judges in final rounds, where it counts. 
 
     Our day will once again start in the commons on the East side of the building, so please park near the tennis courts and come in the commons doors.  Please plan on arriving and parking anytime after 1:45.  Buses should park on the East side of the building, and for the shortest walk, teams should come in through the commons door, near the tennis courts.  
 
ENTRIES ARE DUE BY 4:00 p.m. ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11th.
 
Please enter online at Speechwire.com
 
If you have any questions, here's my contact information:
Tommy Bender
tbender@lps.org
402-436-1304 (School phone)
402-580-0537 (Cell phone)
 
From the NIETOC:
 
During with the 2018-2019 competitive season, bids are gained at the following levels:
0-19 contestants = FIRST PLACE BID
20-34 contestants = FIRST, SECOND & THIRD PLACE BIDS
35-50 contestants = FINAL ROUND BIDS
51-70 contestants = SEMIFINAL ROUND BIDS (HONORS FINALS)
71-99 contestants = QUARTERFINAL ROUND BIDS (MERIT FINALS)
100 + contestants = OCTAFINAL ROUND BIDS (CONSOLATION FINALS)
 

Manager contact information

Tommy Bender
Email address: tbender@lps.org
Phone number: 402-580-0537

Mailing address

Lincoln Southeast High School
2930 S 37th St.
Lincoln, NE 68506

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