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UW-Whitewater Speech Bowl

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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.

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This is a High School tournament in Wisconsin.


  • The tournament is limited to 500 entries due to room availability. Tournament registration will close once this limit is reached.


7:00am   Deadline to text in drops (Kevin Hill’s cell: 630-624-6740)

7:45am   Registration opens, University Center, Lobby

8:15am   Judges Meeting, University Center Ballroom, Second Floor

8:30am   Extemp/Radio draw begins. Extemp AND Radio Draw in Heide Hall 100

9:00am   Round 1

9:45am   Extemp/Radio draw. Extemp AND Radio Draw in Heide Hall 100

10:15am  Round 2

11:00am  Extemp/Radio draw. Extemp AND Radio Draw in Heide Hall 100

11:30am  Round 3

11:30am  Preordered Boxed Lunches Available at the Univ. Center; judges buffet available at 11:45am in the Judges Lounge

ASAP     Finals, Hyland Hall & University Center (all judges on standby)

ASAP     Awards, University Center, Hamilton Room first floor



On tournament day, please confirm no later than 7:00am (or your earliest possible chance; prior to this is even better) by texting 630-624-6740. Checking in via text on tournament day is essential for a smooth start to the tournament. In the text, please note the team name, event and name of the student dropping.



Please make checks payable to "UW-Whitewater Forensics". Checks processed after the tournament can be mailed to UW-Whitewater, c/o Brian Schanen Heide Hall 424, 800 W. Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190.


All buses must dropoff in Lot 14 at the intersection of Prairie Street and Starin Rd. Enter Lot 14 on Starin Road. Exit Lot 14 onto Prairie Street. During the day, all lots are open for parking. Pick-up is encouraged for the same location. On Speechwire, please download the document for bus drivers, including maps, GPS addresses, etc. and share this with your driver. New this year, campus has added Lot 14 to Google Maps as a destination.




All campus lots are open during the tournament. Cars can park in any lot without penalty (do not add money to meters). We suggest parking in Lot 7 on Starin Road behind the Visitors Center (small building with a blue roof). Lot 7 can be found on Google as “Starin Road Lot.” A GPS address for this lot is 809 W. Starin Rd, Whitewater.


  • UW-Whitewater:  http://www.uww.edu

  • UW-Whitewater Campus Map:  http://www.uww.edu/Campus/

  • UW-Whitewater Forensics: http://www.facebook.com/whitewaterforensics

  • Team Twitter: @uwwforensics


The lounge, open to all judges, coaches, and bus drivers, is located in the University Center Ballroom (second floor). Beverages will be available in the lounge, but due to campus catering policies, we cannot offer a free lunch to judges. Please plan accordingly. For food options, please see the Food heading later in the invitation.


Please register via Speechwire.com no later than 4pm, Monday, February 18th. A registration confirmation will be emailed out after registration closes. Coaches can also view their own up-to-the minute fees on Speechwire.com.


Teams can and should manage their own drops and name changes on Speechwire.com until 10:00am, Friday, February 22nd. After that point on Friday, email your drops immediately to SchanenBH13@uww.edu at your earliest chance.  There is no penalty for drops received by 10:00am, February 22nd. Entries dropped after that time will still be charged. Day of tournament drops are strongly discouraged and may impact the start time and/or the equal balance of entries across sections. Please share this information with your students and judges. On tournament day, please confirm no later than 7:00am (or your earliest possible chance; prior to this is even better) by texting 630-624-6740. Checking in via text on tournament day is essential for a smooth start to the tournament. In the text, please note the team name, event and name of the student dropping.


In years past, our tournament has been attended by an even mix of schools from both major Wisconsin associations, as well as Illinois schools. Speech Bowl will employ the most current WFCA Handbook Rules with modifications: (Allowance of one 4x6 notecard in Oratory; 8-minute performances in OIL will not be penalized; 4-minute performances in Informative will not be penalized; Solo Actors will be allowed to use a chair.) WHSFA and IHSA teams are sincerely welcome and strongly encouraged to attend.


The following pattern will be used in developing impromptu prompts.

Round 1: Famous women, Round 2: Quotations, Round 3: Abstract words, Final: Object


The following pattern will be used in developing extemp prompts.

Round 1: Domestic* political/social, Round 2: International political/social, Round 3: Domestic* Econ, Final: International Econ

*domestic will pull from both national and state


Direct all correspondence to Brian Schanen at SchanenBH13@uww.edu or Kevin Hill HillKA28@uww.edu.




Demonstration, Duo, Extemp, Farrago, Group Interp, Moments, Informative, Impromptu, Oral Interp, Oratory, Play acting, Poetry, Prose, Radio, Solo-Serious, Solo-Humorous, Special Occasion, Storytelling.


We use several academic buildings all in the same area of campus. Each building will have "ballot drops" to help our judges. We will also do our best to schedule judges in the same building or neighboring buildings throughout the day.


The tournament is limited to a maximum of 525 entries. Entries are first come, first serve. A school’s top 25 scoring entries will count toward Team Sweepstakes awards. A school's top four entries in an event will count toward Team Sweepstakes but more than four entries per event are welcome. Double entries are allowed. Students in Radio, Extemp, and Impromptu are allowed to double enter, but students in Radio and Extemp should compete in those respective events first in a given round. A student cannot double enter in both radio and extemp, but can double enter with radio and impromptu, or extemp and impromptu.



Individual Entries: 10.00; Playacting, Duo, Group Interp 15.00



Each school is required to supply one trusted judge for every five entries, or portion thereof. For example, fifteen entries require three judges. Sixteen entries requires four judges. Uncovered entries will be charged an additional 15.00 per entry. For example, two uncovered entries will be charged 30.00. This is an alternative to a flat hired judge fee and it will save your team money.

If a team drops a judge after 7am on tournament day, the team will need to immediately hire a replacement judge provided by the tournament for $100 and payment is due immediately at registration.


Prelims: 1) Cumulative rank, 2) Reciprocal, 3) Head-to-head (2-way tie only), 4) Most 1 ranks

Finals: 1) Cumulative rank, 2) Judges Preference, 3) Reciprocal

Team Sweepstakes: 1) Total points or Points Per Entry (depending on division), 2) Total points or Points Per Entry (the opposite rule as applied to the first), 3), Number of first-place winners in finals, second-place, etc.


Individual awards will be presented to all final round participants. Team sweepstakes trophies will be awarded to the top scoring schools overall in each division.


The tournament has arranged two lunch options available for advanced purchase only:

Boxed Lunches will be available for purchase by students, coaches, judges, etc., on Speechwire at the time or registration. The cost is $8.00 each. A boxed lunch includes a sandwich (either Turkey or Veggie), chips, and a water. Be sure to specify the quantity of each type of boxed lunch (Turkey or Veggie) on Speechwire, if any. On tournament day, boxed lunches will be distributed at the University Center. Again, the order must by placed by the point registration closes on 2/18.

Judges Lounge Lunch Tickets can be purchased for judges, coaches, bus drivers, etc. (no students) in advance of the tournament. The cost is $10.00. The lunch is a "Brat and Hotdog Tailgate", including choice of a Brat or Hotdog, Potato Chips and Baked Beans. A veggie option will be available. On tournament day, the lunch will be located outside the Judges Lounge. Again, the order must by placed by the point registration closes on 2/18.


Lunch orders must be received via Speechwire by the point registration closes on 2/18.  Unfortunately, changes or additions cannot be made to the lunch order after that date/time because the catering order is locked in with campus catering. At registration, your team's registration packet will include lunch tickets for their respective order, if any.


Doing lunch on your own? You’re welcome to. If your team is bringing lunches, please eat lunches at the University Center. Please stress to your team to clean-up after lunch by throwing away all trash (in year's past we've spent a significant amount of time clearing tables of food waste left to be picked up by others). There are no off-campus dining options within walking distance. We strongly encourage teams to stay on campus during the day. Due to University dining contracts, we cannot offer concessions at the tournament, therefore, lunches can only be ordered in advance.



If you have a student or judge who needs special accommodations, please let us know in advance (ideally by 2/18) by emailing SchanenBH13@uww.edu. We can then make adjustments accordingly.



We look forward to seeing you at the Speech Bowl!

Manager contact information

Brian Schanen

Email address: SchanenBH13@uww.edu

Phone number: 262-689-2335

Kevin Hill

Email address: HillKA28@uww.edu

Phone number: 630-624-6740

Mailing address

800 W. Main St.

Heide Hall 424, Brian Schanen

Whitewater, WI 53190


Manager contact information

Kevin Hill
Email address: hillka28@uww.edu
Phone number:

Mailing address

800 W. Main St.
Heide Hall 402, Jim Disrude
Whitewater, WI 53190

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