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Plainfield North Fall Classic

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Hello, Speech Coaches,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the second annual Plainfield North Fall Classic on Saturday, November 16, 2019.  This tournament will showcase all fourteen IHSA events and follow IHSA rules.  Novice and Varsity competitors are welcome; however, there will not be separate finals for each. Registrations will be on a first-come, first-served basis, so act early to secure your team’s spot.

Please accept or decline this invitation through your SpeechWire account, or via email (esmith@psd202.org) by November 1st.  We ask that you be as precise as possible with your entry projections so we can accommodate as many teams and entries as possible. 

A tentative schedule is listed below. After registrations are closed we will send a finalized schedule and details on drop-off/pickup locations.
6:45 Registration (Room 130)
7:15 ES and RS prep for Preliminary Rounds (Media Center)
7:30 Judges/Coaches Meeting (Open Area 1)
8:00 Preliminary Round I (All events; single-judged)
9:30 Preliminary Round II (All events; single-judged)
11:00 Preliminary Round III (All events; single-judged)
12:45 ES and RS prep for Finals (Media Center)
1:30 Finals (All events; triple-judged)
3:00*  Awards (Auditorium or Cafeteria)

* = Anticicpated start time for awards

Entry Fees and Judge Numbers
Either send or bring with you a check (made out to Plainfield North High School) for the following amount:  
Entries Fee  Required Judges 
Up to 1 entry per event (or 1-14 entries total) $100  3
Up to 2 entries per event (or 15-28) $150 4
Up to 3 entries per event (or 29-42) $200 5
If mailing checks, please send them to this address: 
Erin Smith, Plainfield North Speech Team
12005 South 248th Avenue
Plainfield, IL 60585

  • Judges will keep time in Radio Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking.
    • Please ensure they have their own stopwatches.  
    • Make sure your judges know how Impromptu Speaking runs.
  • All judges will be used in each flight.
    • Judges must wait for all finals assignments to be posted before leaving.
    • Even if there are drops, you are still required to provide the judges from the original confirmed entry. Please pay attention to assignments.
  • You will be responsible for the fee of a judge if you do not bring enough. Hired judges are available at the rate of $100 for the day.  
Limited Preparation Events
  • Extemp and Radio will prep once for preliminary rounds and a second time for finals.
  • Please make sure your competitors are aware of the rules, as they will be enforced.  
  • Please notify us in advance if you have a speaker double-entered in Extemp and Radio so SpeechWire can schedule accordingly.  
  • IHSA guidelines for Impromptu Speaking will be followed. (Two minutes of prep time with the judge on-hand, followed by five to six minutes of speaking.) 
  • Radio timing begins with the first word spoken by a competitor, excluding a microphone check and/or a countdown.
Individual Entry Limits
No speaker can triple enter in the IHSA events! We will disqualify all scores for any speakers entered in more than two events.  

Finals and Awards
  • Rank alone will be used to advance individuals to finals. 
    • Fewer than six may be advanced to keep the final round below nine participants.  
    • Judges’ preferences will be used to break ties in finals.  
  • All finalists will be awarded and awards for the top five teams in the sweepstakes will follow. 
  • Team sweepstakes will be based on preliminary round scores for each school’s top two entries as indicated by the head coach. 
  • Plainfield North will not compete in the team sweepstakes. 
The PNHS Speech Team Boosters will have an assortment of food and beverage options available for purchase throughout the day. 

Roster Confirmations
  • Please confirm final numbers in each event in SpeechWire by Thursday, November 14th. Entries will not be added past this time.  
  • Once the tournament is scheduled after Thursday’s confirmation, rounds will not be balanced due to drops, and drops made past noon will not affect judge numbers. 
  • After noon, you are still required to bring the number of judges from your original confirmation.

We are excited to be hosting this tournament and are hopeful that we will see both old friends and new faces on November 16th!  

Erin Smith, Head Coach (esmith@psd202.org)
Mike Schneider, Assistant Coach (mschneid@psd202.org)


Manager contact information

Mike Schneider
Email address: mschneid@psd202.org
Phone number: 630-888-8959

Mailing address

Erin Smith, Plainfield North Speech Team
12005 South 248th Avenue
Plainfield, IL 60585

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