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September 2019

 

The Dr. Frank M. Thompson Jr. Swing and Conference

Crimson Classic and UA Alumni Tournaments

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

You are cordially invited to attend the Dr. Frank Thompson Jr. Swing and Conference at the University of Alabama, named for Dr. Frank M. Thompson, the past Director of our program. Dr. Thompson remains one of the great torchbearers of forensics. His name is synonymous with both excellence and joy in what we do. We, at UA, owe him our deepest gratitude and respect.

 

You may have noticed that we now refer to the Crimson Classic and UA Alumni tournament swing as a conference. We believe that the academic rigor, research, and feedback provided within forensic competition prove comparable to participation at academic conferences and should garner comparable value. The Crimson Classic and UA Alumni tournaments will remain recognizable as traditional forensics tournaments, but we will also open space for conference-style research and feedback. To that end, we are offering programing for current and potential graduate students on Friday evening, including an invited paper session and a catered reception. If you have students interested in participating or have ideas as to how to better serve our students and ourselves, as educators, please let us know. As an activity which constantly seeks recognition and value within each of your respective institutions, we hope to provide you with an opportunity to discuss how our tournaments may provide value beyond competition.

 

We hope you will take part in what will be an exciting forensic weekend and make plans to attend. 

 

The Crimson Classic Individual Events Tournament will be held Saturday, October 12th.

 

The Alabama Forensics Alumni Individual Events Tournament will be held Sunday, October 13th.

 

In the following pages you will find tournament information for all forensic events with additional information regarding the graduate student programming and reception.  As always, we promise you efficient management, good competition, and plenty of southern hospitality. If we can be of further assistance please contact us. See you in October.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Ben Pyle                            Cory Paul Harrison                   Sim Butler                 

Director                             Assistant Director                     Executive Director

Alabama Forensic Council         Alabama Forensic Council         Alabama Forensic Council

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dr. Frank M. Thompson Jr. Swing and Conference

Crimson Classic/UA Alumni Tournaments

October 12-13, 2019

 

GRADUATE PROGRAM PRESENTATION & RECEPTION

On Friday evening, after early registration, the Department of Communication Studies will host a graduate student paper session and reception for those interested in our Masters and PhD program offerings. The reception will feature food and is open to both graduate and undergraduate students, while the paper session will allow graduate students the opportunity to present completed papers or works-in-progress in a 5-minute informal presentation and receive feedback from our graduate faculty. We may have funds available to help support travel for session participants. Contact Ben Pyle for more information at bspyle@ua.edu.

 

CRIMSON CLASSIC/UA ALUMNI TOURNAMENTS

There will be two preliminary rounds with finals.  Events that have over 50 entries will go to semis. A school can have unlimited entries in each event.  Material must not have been used by the student before September 1, 2019. Competitors may enter up to three events in a grouping, but it is up to you to make it to the round on time -- judges will not wait!

 

FEES:  $10.00 per covered slot – An additional $15 for judge fees per uncovered slots. One judge covers 6 slots.

 

JUDGES: All judges must be actively coaching faculty, graduate students, or persons with forensic experience.  All judges will be responsible for judging one round past the elimination of their students -- this means all judges are obligated to judge events in ALL flights that go straight to finals.

 

PLEASE BRING JUDGES!

 

DEADLINES: All entries must be received by 12:00 noon Tuesday, October 8th.   NO ADDS PAST 12 NOON OCT 8th. Drops can be made until Wednesday October 9th at noon.  After this time, we will impose a late-drop fee of an additional $25.00 per I.E. slot, and $50.00 per judge dropped.  Entry drops made the day of registration will be $50.00 and judge drops will be $100.00.  ALL drops will be added to the original entry fee.

 

All entries, FOR BOTH TOURNAMENTS, need to be entered on speechwire.com

 

AWARDS: Awards will be given to all finalists and semi-finalists, top novice in each event, and to all Quad finalists.  To qualify for the Quad Award a student must be entered in four events and these must be a combination of two of the following: oral interpretation, prepared speaking, and limited preparation.  The Quad Awards are based on performance in final rounds. The top three schools will receive a school sweepstakes award (based on final round performances), and awards will be given to the Top Junior Colleges at each tournament.  Finally, a "Swing Sweepstakes" award will be given to the top three schools attending both parts of the swing.

 

LODGING: There are several other activities going on in and around Tuscaloosa (but no football) this weekend and a block of rooms was hard to come by. If you are planning on attending please make your reservations as soon as possible.

 

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT: The goal of our swing tournament is to offer students the opportunity to compete in several events while observing the AFA wellness initiatives for coaches and directors. We have done our best to provide students with the opportunity to get rest, food, and an educational experience in the traditional competitive forensic venue.

 

MAKE ALL CHECKS FOR THE UA CRIMSON CLASSIC AND ALUMNI TOURNAMENTS TO: The University of Alabama

ABSOLUTELY NO ADDS AT REGISTRATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOURNAMENT EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

Impromptu Speaking: An impromptu speech, substantive in nature, with topic selections varied by round and by section. Topics will be derived from quotations or questions. Speakers will have a total of 7 minutes for both preparation and speaking. Timing commences with the acceptance of the topics sheet. Limited notes are permitted.

 

Informative Speaking: An original, factual speech by the student on a realist subject to fulfill the general aim to inform the audience. Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

 

Prose Interpretation: An original or selections of prose material of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source. Focus of this event is on the development of the narrative/story. Play cuttings and poetry are prohibited. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time is 10 minutes including introduction.

 

Duo Interpretation: A cutting from one or more texts of literary merit, humorous or serious, involving the portrayal of two or more characters presented by two individuals. The material may be drawn from any genre of literature. This is not an acting event; thus, no costumes, props, lighting, etc., are to be used. Presentation is from the manuscript and the focus should be off-stage and not to each other. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

 

Extemporaneous Speaking: Contestants will be given three topics in the general area of current event, choose one, and have 30 minutes to prepare a speech that is the original work of the student. Maximum time limit for the speech is 7 minutes. Limited notes are permitted. Student will speak in listed order. Postings of topics will be staggered. Final Rounds will have Cross Examination and may consist of one question for all speakers.

 

Persuasive Speaking: An original speech by the student designed to inspire, reinforce, or change the beliefs, attitudes, values or actions of the audience. Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Multiple sources should be used and cited in the development of the speech. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

 

Program Oral Interpretation: A program of thematically-linked selections of literary merit, chosen from two or three recognized genres of competitive interpretation (prose/poetry/drama). A primary focus of this event should be on the development of the theme through the use of narrative/story, language, and/or characterization. A substantial portion of the total time must be devoted to each of the genres used in the program. Different genre means the material must appear in separate pieces of literature ( e.g., A poem included in a short story that appears only in that short story does not constitute a poetry genre.) Only one selection may be original. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

 

After Dinner Speaking: An original, humorous speech by the student, designed to exhibit sound speech composition, thematic, coherence, direct communicative public speaking skills, and good taste. The speech should not resemble a night club act, an impersonation, or comic dialogue. Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforced the message. Minimal notes are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

 

Communication Analysis: An original speech by the student designed to offer an explanation and/or evaluation of a communication event such as a speech, speaker, movement, poem, poster, film, campaign, etc., through the use of rhetorical principles. Audio-visual aids may or may not be used to supplement and reinforce the message. Manuscripts are permitted. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes.

 

Drama Interpretation: A cutting that represents one or more characters from a play or plays of literary merit. The focus of this event is on the development of characterization. This material may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

 

Poetry Interpretation: A selection or selections of poetry of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source. A primary focus of this event should be on the development of language. Play cuttings and prose works are prohibited. Use of manuscript is required. Maximum time limit is 10 minutes including introduction.

 

 

 

The Dr. Frank M. Thompson Jr. Swing and Conference

2019 SCHEDULE

 

 

GRADUATE STUDENT PRESENTATION & RECEPTION

Friday, October 4th 

4:30-6:00 p.m.                                  Early Tournament Registration – Reese Phifer Hall Rotunda

5:00-6:00 p.m.                                  Graduate Student Paper Session

6:00-7:00 p.m.                                  Graduate Programs Reception

 

 

CRIMSON CLASSIC TOURNAMENT – UA HOST

Saturday, October 12

7:00 – 7:30 a.m.                   Registration – FOR BOTH IE TOURNAMENTS

                                         Reese Phifer Hall

7:30 a.m.                                             Extemp Draw - TBD

8:00 – 9:30                             Round I Flight A

9:30 – 11:00                           Round I Flight B

11:00 – 12:15                         LUNCH/District 6 Coaches Meeting – Location Reese Phifer

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.                     Round II Flight B

1:45 p.m.                            Extemp Draw - TBD

2:15 – 3:45                             Round II Flight A                               

3:45                                      Out-Round Set 1

5:00                                      Extemp Draw Finals

5:30                                      Out-Round Set 2

6:45                                      Out-Round Set 3

ASAP                                   Awards – 216 Reese Phifer

(Note: If our judging situation allows, we will consolidate and remove the 3rd finals set)

 

Alabama ALUMNI TOURNAMENT – ALUMNI HOST

Sunday, October 13

7:00                                      LATE REGISTRATION FOR THOSE ATTENDING ONLY THE ALUMNI HALF OF THE SWING

7:30 a.m.                                 Extemp Draw - TBD

8:00 – 9:30                             Round I Flight A

9:30 – 11:00                           Round I Flight B

11:00 – 12:00                         LUNCH

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.                 Round II Flight B

1:30 p.m.                            Extemp Draw - TBD

2:00 – 3:30                             Round II Flight A                               

3:45                                      Out-Round Set 1

5:00                                      Extemp Draw Finals

5:30                                      Out-Round Set 2

6:45                                      Out-Round Set 3

ASAP                                   Awards – Northlawn Hall 1000

(Note: If our judging situation allows, we will consolidate and remove the 3rd finals set)

 

Flight Patterns:

A: EXT   DUO ADS   PERS POE POI

B: CA   DRAMA PROSE   IMP INFO

 

DIRECTIONS

Tuscaloosa is located 55 miles southwest of Birmingham, AL.  The majority of participants will travel I-59/20 – they become the same interstate from Birmingham on into Mississippi. A few might travel highway 82 East.  On I-59/20 you will take the McFarland Blvd. exit and turn left onto McFarland Blvd. – if you are coming in from Mississippi you will take a right on to McFarland Blvd.  You will go through two red lights.

 

To Campus you will need to take McFarland Blvd (West 82) to the University Blvd. exit.  University Blvd. will take you directly to the middle of campus. 

 

Manager contact information

Ben Pyle
Email address: bspyle@ua.edu
Phone number: 785.317.0035

Mailing address

BOX 870172
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

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