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Twin Cities Forensics League #2

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Twin Cities Forensics League #2 Invitation
December 3, 2019

Dear TCFL Colleague:

Welcome back for another year of the Twin Cities Forensics League tournaments – this year, to be held at a new location: Augsburg University, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis (almost directly across the street from the West Bank of the U of M). There are a few changes from previous TCFLs, which we’ll highlight along the way.

Rules: The Twin Cities Forensics League uses AFA rules for IEs.

Entries: A student may enter no more than two events. If a student is double-entered in Extemp and another event, the student may be asked to go to the other event first, and then go to Extemp draw.

There is no limit on the number of entries from any one school; however, the tournament reserves the right to move entries if absolutely necessary in order to facilitate the use of judges.

Judges:  Schools must provide one judge for each six entries or fractions thereof. Judges must remain available for final round judging. Judges may be hired for $10 per uncovered entry slot. Conflicts with particular competitors/schools, or events for which the judge is not qualified, should be noted at the time of entry.

Tiebreaking rules:
Prelim tiebreaking: Lowest ranks, speaker points, judges’ preference.

Elim tiebreaking: Lowest ranks, judges’ preference, total speaker points, then number of 1st place ranks in finals, 2nd place ranks in finals, 3rd place ranks in finals; then number of 1st place ranks in prelims, and then 2nd place ranks in prelims.

Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies in each event; 1st, 2nd and 3rd place school sweepstakes trophies. Certificates will be awarded to finalists who do not receive trophies.

Schedule: This is a change from previous TCFLs – we start ½ hour later than previously.

3:00    Registration (Foss Center atrium)
3:30    Round 1 for all events. Extemp Draw for round 1.
4:00    Extemp Round 1
4:45    Round 2 for all events. Extemp Draw for round 2.
5:15    Extemp Round 2
6:45    Finals (or ASAP) – Postings in Foss Center atrium
8:30    Awards (or ASAP)


Entry Deadline: The initial entry deadline is Wednesday, November 26 (earlier due to Thanksgiving) at 12:00 p.m. Changes in entries must be entered by Tuesday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. Nuisance fees of $5 per drop or no show apply after this time.

Judging fees will be based on the entry as it stands on Wednesday at 12:00. Even if you anticipate changes, you must enter by Friday and make changes later.  Events with insufficient entries on Friday are subject to cancellation.

New this year: All entries will be done on Speechwire. Speechwire will remain open for entries and changes until Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. At that point, Speechwire will close for changes. Please email any changes after that time directly to Michael Dreher: mdreher@bethel.edu (please put TCFL entry change in the subject line).

Dues: Dues are $150 for Twin Cities metro schools and $125 for other schools. (An invoice is attached.) Dues allow for unlimited entry at each TCFL tournament, subject to providing sufficient judges with the entry.

We will do everything we can to make your new TCFL experience pleasant, user-friendly, memorable, educational, and even fun! We hope to see you on our campus on December 3.

Michael Dreher, TCFL tournament manager

David Lapakko, Executive Secretary, Twin Cities Forensics League
Email: lapakko@augsburg.edu
School phone: 612-330-1722  
Mobile phone: 612-516-7321

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Michael Dreher
Email address: mdreher@bethel.edu
Phone number: 612-850-3755

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Twin Cities Forensics League
Augsburg University
Minneapolis, MN 55454

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