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General information

This information is from a tournament in a past season!

This is a High School tournament in Virginia.

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This year, the membership fee is $250, and covers registration to all four regular tournaments, the Tournament of Champions, and trophies for individual winners and sweepstakes winners.  Dues also cover the cost for our new software program, Speechwire, which will be used for registration and tabulations, and other tournament costs. Please plan to pay the membership fee on or before October 4, 2018, which is our first tournament of the year.  Either mail me a check at;

1325 Blue Jay Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23453

Or bring it to the first tournament. Checks are to be made out to the Tidewater Forensics League. I have attached an invoice below. After October 4, the membership fee will be $300.

Schools that want to participate in a tournament without joining the league are welcome to do so. To enter, schools must pay a $50 entry fee as well as a $15 fee per entry. Schools who are not members, however, will not be permitted to participate in the Tournament of Champions.

In order to make sure that our tournaments start on time and run as smoothly as possible, schools need to register by the stated deadline, edit and drop competitors by the deadline, and arrive to the tournaments on time.  The registration deadline is midnight the Friday before each tournament.  The drop deadline is midnight the Monday before each tournament. A $15 drop fee will apply to any student who drops after Monday night.  Please see the tournament director if there are extenuating circumstances.

The tournaments will fall on the first Thursday of every month starting in October, except in January, which will be the second Thursday. The dates and locations are as following;

                                                October 4th – North Hampton (Eastern Shore)    

                                                November 1st – Warrick, Newport News

                                                December 6th – Salem, Virginia Beach

                                                January 10th – Lafayette, Williamsburg

                                February 7th (Tournament of Champions) – Peninsula Catholic, Newport News


The 5th tournament of the season is the Tournament of Champions (TOC). This tournament is only for students who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in any of the four tournaments, and wild-card competitors.  Wild-card competitors, and how they are selected, will be explained in detail at our first tournament during the coaches’ meeting.

We are now using Speechwire, so you will need to go onto the site and make you team a profile. After you make your Speechwire account, you will register for the tournaments on the site by adding your competitor’s names to the corresponding category they are competing in. Starting this year, we are also allowing students to double enter in TWO categories only. All you need to do for a student double entering, is enter their name into both categories they are competing in. 

This year, we are enforcing the policy on judges. The entire tournament runs faster when we have a plethora of judges to work with. We can break up the rooms so that only 3 – or – 4 students/duos are competing instead of 6-7. This can cut down each round 20 – 30 minutes. Which over all, means finishing early. To complete this goal each school must bring 1 judge for every 5 entries. Meaning if you have 6 entries (duos count as one entry) you need 2 judges. This has always been the rule but has over the years not been enforced. If by chance you can bring more judges than that it would be greatly appreciated.  The plan for the new tournament schedule is as follows;

3:30 p.m. Schools and judges must check-in

3:45 p.m. Extemporaneous speakers must report to the media center for the draw.

Judges must report to the judges’ lounge for training.

4:15-5:00 p.m. Round 1

5:10-5:55 p.m. Round 2

6:05-6:50 p.m. Round 3 (Judges are permitted to leave after Round 3)

7:20-7:50 p.m. Award Ceremony (at the latest 8:30)


PLEASE refer to the TFL website for materials that are useful to coaches, students, and judges. https://www.tidewaterforensicleague.com/coaches-judges

My main email is jdono002@odu.edu, so after this please if you have more questions email me there.

Manager contact information

Jesi Donovan
Email address: jdono002@odu.edu
Phone number: 7573835665

Mailing address

1325 Blue Jay Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

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