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WKU/Alumni Fall Tournament (Sat IE, LD) 2019

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Invitation to WKU/Alumni Fall Tournament

Dear Colleagues:

Please help us kick off the 2019-2020 competition season by joining us in Bowling Green, KY September 20th-22nd for the 2019 Western Kentucky University/Alumni Fall Swing Tournament. The tournament will take place on the campus of Western Kentucky University and will include:

•    A Lincoln-Douglas Debate Round Robin (Friday)
•    A Lincoln-Douglas Debate Tournament (Saturday/Sunday)
•    2 Individual Events Tournaments (Saturday & Sunday)
•    Novice divisions in debate and top novice recognition in IE
•    Team Awards for the top three schools in debate and IE
•    Top Speaker Awards in debate
•    Quadrathon Awards (LD counts as 2 events towards eligibility)
•    Overall Awards for schools competing in both debate and IE


More information found below regarding entries, hotels, food and scheduling. However, if you have any questions, please contact Chris Chandler (christopher.chandler@wku.edu) by phone at 270.745.6340, or 270.202.2771 direct. We sincerely hope that if you attended this tournament last year that you will keep us on your travel schedule, and if you did not attend last year please consider adding us to your schedule. See you in September!

The Western Kentucky University Forensic Team




The following is exclusively for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice.
Bowling Green is not a "sanctuary" city, though to our knowledge neither the state nor local police have border security checkpoints, nor to our knowledge are there ICE nor DHS officers on the campus of WKU. Should we learn of any changes in the above, we will update this notice.
If any attendee wishes to drop their entry at ANY time for fear of government seizure or oppression, we will NOT charge any associated drop fees. The WKU Forensic Team understands and supports schools in California who do not or cannot travel to Kentucky at this time, as protecting students comes first. The team supports Homeplace, and its efforts to create a safe space for voices in the forensic community. We also condemn all efforts to marginalize peoples whose residence is not protected by law. We are here to create stages, not eliminate them.



LD Entry                                              $30.00 per debater
IE Slots (duo = two slots)                $10/per slot/per tournament
Uncovered LD Entry                         $75.00 plus entry fee
Uncovered IE Per Slot/Per Tmnt    $15.00 plus entry fee
Drops after the drop deadline        $25.00
No-Show/Unreported Drop             $50.00

All fees (entries, judges, drops, and no-shows/unreported drops) must be paid for any entry from a school to be eligible to advance to any elimination round or to be eligible to win any sweepstakes award.  NEW OR STUDENT RUN PROGRAMS WILL RECEIVE 50% OFF THEIR TOTAL ENTRY FOR THE TOURNAMENT. Checks must be payable to "WKU Forensics."


All registration is done online via Speech Wire.


Competition will be offered in all 11 AFA-NIET events. All events will follow the AFA-NIET rules. The events will be divided into the following patterns:

Pattern A: EXT, PERS, DUO, POI, CA, DI
Pattern B: PRO, INF, IMP, POE, ADS

Extemp prep will take place in the Faculty House (the cabin next to Garrett Conference Center). The use of internet for research during prep time is allowed and a guest network is available to all participants; however, the tournament cannot guarantee consistent access to this network throughout the weekend. Western Kentucky University is not responsible for any damage or theft of personal/team property left unattended in the Extemp prep room or anywhere else on campus.

Impromptu Prompts will be a single quotation in every round.


Lincoln-Douglas debate will follow the NFA-LD Debate rules (including both a warm room and the release of bracket prior to elimination rounds) and utilize the 2018-2019 NFA-LD debate topic. Speech times for LD will be the standard 6-3-7-3-6-6-3 with four minutes of prep time for each side.

Note: to facilitate our tabulation and management of debate, we ask that you email (or send however) the NAMES, EMAIL, and CELL NUMBERS of all debate JUDGES and COMPETITORS. The goal is to digitize tabulation and publication to speed the debate tournament along (i.e.: texting you the postings, etc).


Students in LD will not be able to enter in IEs on Saturday. Should a student qualify for outrounds of LD on Sunday, they will not be allowed to compete in more than one Pattern B event on that day (they can compete freely in Pattern A). Novices will compete in the open division and will be eligible for a Top Novice award. Novices are students in their first year of intercollegiate forensics competition.

Competitors may enter up to three events per conflict pattern, but are personally responsible for getting to all rounds in a timely manner.

Each school is required to bring one judge for every 2 entries in debate. An IE judge covers 6 IE slots. If you do not bring enough judges, there is a hefty uncovered judge fee. In other words, please attempt to fulfill your commitment. If your school can supply judges beyond your commitment we will be happy to discuss possible reductions in entry fees.

Entries must be received by 4:00 PM Central Standard Time on Tuesday, September 17th. Registration will be done online via Speech Wire. You will have to create an account with them for your team. That system also allows you to check your entry at any time.

If you must drop an entry, please phone in or email the drop early so that we may make appropriate changes. The drop deadline will be noon on Thursday, September 19th.  Any drops after the deadline will result in a $25 drop fee. Finally, there is no excuse for a student not showing up to a round or being an unreported drop; consequently a stiff nuisance fee of $50 will be accessed for any unreported drops.

Awards will be presented to all debaters advancing to elimination rounds. In the event that a full novice division does not make, a final round between the top non-advancing novice debaters will be held. Speaker awards will be given to the Top Novice speaker and to the top 5 speakers in the open divisions of LD. Sweepstakes awards will be given to the top 3 schools participating in debate. For the purpose of calculating sweepstakes, a school will be awarded 1 point for each preliminary round win. Only the top four entries in each event from a school will count towards sweepstakes.

Awards will be given to all final round participants. Each half of the swing will also present quadrathon awards to the top 3 competitors. To be eligible for this award, a competitor must compete in at least 4 individual events and or open debate. Any combination of four or more open events is permitted. Points for this award will be earned under the same system as the team sweepstakes awards. Sweepstakes awards will be given to the top 3 schools at each half of the swing and the top 3 schools that competed at both halves of the swing. Sweepstakes points will be earned as follows:

In preliminary rounds, all contestants will accumulate points with each rank of one worth three points, each rank of two worth two points, and each rank of three worth one point. In the event that semifinal rounds are necessary each break to semifinals will earn a school 2 points. In final rounds, schools will receive twelve points for a first place finish, ten points for second, eight points for third, six points for fourth, four points for fifth, and two points for sixth.

There will be 3 overall sweepstakes awards given for those schools that competed in debate and individual events across both halves of the swing.

Food is available in the Garrett Conference Center, one level beneath the ballot table on Friday only. On Saturday and Sunday pizza will be available for purchase in Garrett Conference Center for $1 per slice, including two vegan pizzas and two for those w/ ciliac.  Food for judges will be available in the judge's lounge. When you’re away from the campus, Bowling Green has a wide variety of dining options, most of which can be found along Scottsville Road.


1. Take Exit 26 off of Interstate 65.
2. Turn toward Bowling Green onto Cemetery Road.
3. Continue straight for three miles. Cemetery Road becomes Fairview Avenue. Continue going straight across 31-W Bypass. You will pass a fire station on your left. After passing the fire station, go through one traffic light and a stop sign, then turn left at the second stop sign onto College Street (this is a one-way street).
4. Stay on College Street through downtown Bowling Green and continue until you reach the top of the hill. College Street will dead-end at College Heights Boulevard at a statue of Henry Hardin Cherry.
5. Turn right onto College Heights Boulevard and stay in the right-hand lane. Veer left up the hill as you pass Cherry Hall and Gordon Wilson Hall. Veer left again after you pass Van Meter Auditorium (driving between Van Meter and Potter Hall).

Parking on Saturday and Sunday should be no problem, but please observe all restrictions and signs. University parking regulations are strictly enforced at all times.

More detailed parking maps are available on the Parking and Transportation website at http://parking1.wku.edu/dnn/default.aspx


We have a discount with Holiday Inn, but have also listed other reliable options.


Holiday Inn University Plaza

7-story atrium style hotel (that means you can stand in the middle of the hotel and see all of your student's rooms!).
Contact Jessica Warren at 270-393-8623 or Jessica.warren@atriumhospitality.com and ask for the "WKU Speech and Debate Tournament Rate" for a discounted rate that includes breakfast.
Call early to ensure guestroom and room type availability.

Hyatt Place: 270-467-0001 (right next to campus)
Staybridge Suites: 270-904-0480 (1.5 mi)
Microtel Inn: 270-745-9922 (5.1 mi)

Entry Restrictions: No more than three IE’s per flight. Debate can do their IE’s only on Sunday.

Saturday, September 21 (WKU Portion)
7:00         IE/LD Registration – Main Lobby Garrett Conference Center
8:00         Extemp Draw; and LD Round 1
8:15         Pattern A Round 1(EXT, PERS, DUO, POI, CA, DI)
9:45         Pattern B Round 1 (PRO, INF, IMP, POE, ADS); LD Rd 2
11:15       Pattern B Round 2; LD Round 3
1:15         Extemp Draw
1:30         Pattern A Round 2; LD Round 4
2:45         Pattern B Finals; LD Round 5
4:00         Extemp Draw; LD Round 6
4:30         Pattern A, or any remaining, Finals
6:30         Awards (for WKU portion of the IE Swing; during LD elim)

Sunday, September 22 (Alumni Portion)
7:30         Remaining Registration – Main Lobby Garrett Conference Center
8:00         Pattern B Round 1 and LD Elimination Rd 1
9:15         Extemp Prep
9:30         Pattern A Round 1
11:00       Pattern B Round 2 and LD Elimination Rd 2
12:30       Extemp Prep
12:45       Pattern A Round 2
2:00         Pattern B Finals/possible semis and LD Elimination Rd 3
3:15         Extemp Prep
3:30         All remaining Finals and LD Elimination Rd 4
ASAP       Awards (for LD and the Alumni portion of the IE Swing)



You will enter your open L-D and SATURDAY's IEs in this tournament. Sunday's IEs must be entered in the seperate "Sun" tournament listed further below on the schedule of tournaments. If you enter Sunday's IEs, therefore, you will have a SECOND fee sheet.

Note also that we (the host) will manually verify your registration and fee information after you've registered. Speechwire does not automatically support our complex tournament structure, so some meddling is required. The primary changes will be verifying that your judges are assigned to the proper event types (e.g.: A judge assigned to IE cannot also be assigned to LD) and that the resulting fees for insufficient judges is accurately reflected.

You will be able to modify your entry at will and at no cost until the Thursday mid-day deadline, at which point drop fees start to apply. If you've any concerns, simply email christopher.chandler@wku.edu

Also note that we must strictly apply our event restrictions as they are listed. At points in the past we made acceptions, but this usually created problems. That is a complication we wish to avoid, thus some of the entry restrictions. The website does not bar you from registering such mistakes, so we (the host) will manually check for such issues.

Manager contact information

Chris Chandler
Email address: christopher.chandler@wku.edu
Phone number: 270-202-2771

Mailing address

1906 College Heights Blvd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1084

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