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Oklahoma Interstate Forensics Association (OIFA)

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This is a College tournament in Oklahoma.

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Forensics Colleagues and Friends,


We would like to invite you to the annual Oklahoma Interstate Forensics Association State Tournament to be held February 22-23rd, 2019 on the campus of Oklahoma City University.  The tournament offers a full day of IPDA and Parliamentary debate formats on Friday and a complete IE tournament on Saturday.  Parliamentary and IPDA debate will offer five preliminary rounds on Friday with out rounds as needed on Saturday. NPDA and IPDA will include one open division. Students may enter either Parliamentary or IPDA on Friday, but not both. This tournament is open to any college and university. 


The tournament director reserves the right to limit the number of entries from a school, and/or balance rounds with students from the same school in order to accommodate judging obligations from schools with large entries.


Please submit entries on Speechwire.com.  The entry deadline is 5 PM CST on February 19th.  The drop deadline is at 5PM CST on February 20th.


Tournament rules and schedule are on the following pages.  




Niki Alderson, Tulsa Community College

Tournament Director, 

OIFA President




Joshua E. Young, PhD, 

Director of Forensics, OCU

OCU Site Coordinator



Tentative Schedule

Friday, February 22nd

8:00 a.m.              Registration in Walker Center (Parking available North of building).

9:00 a.m.              IPDA & NPDA Draw/Round 1

10:30 a.m.            IPDA & NPDA Draw/Round 2

12:30 p.m.            IPDA & NPDA Draw/Round 3

2:00 p.m.              IPDA & NPDA Draw/Round 4

3:30 p.m.              IPDA & NPDA Draw/Round 5

5:00 p.m.              IPDA & NPDA Quarters and/or Semis

7:00 p.m.              IPDA & NPDA Semis and/or Finals


Saturday, February 23rd

7:30 a.m.              IE Only Registration

7:45 a.m.              Extemp Draw

8:00 a.m.              IE Pattern A Round 1

9:15 a.m.              IE Pattern B Round 1

10:30 a.m.            IE Pattern B Round 2

11:45 a.m.            IPDA & NPDA Finals (if needed), Lunch Break

12:30 p.m.            Extemp Draw

12:45 p.m.            IE Pattern B Round 2

2:00 p.m.              Pattern B Finals

3:15 p.m.              Extemp Draw

3:30 p.m.              Pattern A Finals

5:00 p.m.              Awards


Pattern A: Prose, Poetry, Extemporaneous, Persuasive, Communication Analysis

Pattern B: After Dinner Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Informative, Impromptu, POI



*IPDA and NPDA Speakers (1-3) and Finalists.  

*Top 6 finalists in each IE event

*Pentathlon (Championship Belt) for top student competing in five IE’s 

*Debate Sweeps

*IE Sweeps

*Combined Oklahoma Sweeps

*Community College Sweeps

*Combined IE & Debate Sweeps

*State Champions in each event


Rules for all events

*No speech or program used by the contestant in competition shall have been used prior to August 1stpreceding the tournament.

*Speeches must be the original work of the student.

*AFA-NIET rules shall be followed for all individual events.

*Debate events shall follow the rules of the appropriate national association.  Debaters are expected to be in the competition rooms at the end of prep time, and a late forfeiture rule will be enforced. 

*The top two Oklahoma students in persuasive speaking will become the Oklahoma National Qualifiers for the Interstate Oratory Association (IOA) National Tournament. Rules for IOA require persuasive speaking manuscripts be submitted to the tournament director prior to competition for review. IOA lists the following rules for competition: 


1. The oration must be delivered without the aid of notes or manuscript. 
2. No oration shall contain more than 1800 words. (Although no minimum word limit is established, a 1500 word minimum is suggested.) 
3. For purposes of definition, quoted words are those written or spoken by a person other than the orator. Such quoted matter shall be limited to 20% of the total number of words in the oration. Direct discourse, dialogue or other stylistic devices within quotation marks created by the orator SHALL NOT be included in the 20% total. 
4. All quoted materials shall be documented. 
7. Copies of the oration should include footnote/endnotes and source material identification.



Please make every effort to cover your judging requirements.  Please know that OCU and TCC 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.




Sweepstakes and Tabbing

*All rules for sweepstakes and tab will follow the Oklahoma Interstate Forensics Association (OIFA) Constitution and By-Laws.


Tournament Recommended Hotels

OCU sits in the heart of the OKC 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 organizations.  


Tournament Fees

Make all checks payable to OCU Speech & Debate.


IE Entries                                        @$10 (one judge covers 6 slots)

Judge/Uncovered IE Entries               @$15

IPDA Entries                                   @$30 (one judge covers 4 debaters)

NPDA Entries                                  @$50 (one judge covers 2 teams)

Judge/Uncovered IPDA Entries          @$25

Judge/Uncovered NPDA Entries         @$50 



Fees will be assessed at 5 PM on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019.  The following nuisance fees will be applied to changes after that time.  Debate drops $50; IE drops $25; judge drops $100 each.  





Manager contact information

N. Alderson/J. Young
Email address: jeyoung@okcu.edu
Phone number: 4796507798

Mailing address

2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

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