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The teams from Bethel College and Kansas State University invite you to attend the twenty-ninth annual Sunflower Swing. Last year's competition was exceptional, with many nationally ranked competitors in attendance. We look forward to a great competitive atmosphere again this year, with Bethel and K-State each hosting their respective Individual Events tournaments on the same weekend.


This year the tournament will be held on the Bethel campus in North Newton, KS. 


Entries for both tournaments are due via SpeechWire (www.speechwire.com) no later than 5 PM on Monday, October 14.


We are fully committed to providing an outstanding early season tournament and hope that you will consider attending. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact one of the tournament directors.







Justin Helmley                          Darren Epping                                   

Director of Forensics                 Assistant Director of Individual Events             

Bethel College                          Kansas State University                        

(316) 284-5275                         (402) 309-4641

jmhelmley@gmail.com             depping@ksu.edu





Sunflower Swing Information

Dates:             October 19-20, 2019               Location:        Bethel College - North Newton, KS


Events and Format: You may participate in one or both tournaments. An open division of all eleven AFA events in two flights will be offered. No student may enter more than three events per flight. AFA rules will be followed in all events.


         FLIGHT A                                                   FLIGHT B

After Dinner Speaking                                    Duo Interpretation

               Communication Analysis                               Impromptu Speaking

                Dramatic Interpretation                                  Informative Speaking

Extemporaneous Speaking                             Persuasive Speaking

                 Poetry Interpretation                                       Prose Interpretation

             Program of Oral Interpretation


Entry Fees and Judges: Entry fees will be $8.00 per entry per tournament. Each school should provide one judge for every six entries. Uncovered entries will cost $12.00 per entry in one tournament in addition to the entry fee. We would rather have your judges than your dollars! All judges must be available to judge one round beyond the round in which their school's students are eliminated.


Entry Deadlines: Entries must be entered via SpeechWire no later than 5 p.m., Monday, October 14. Entry fees will be assessed at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, October 16, after which time no refunds will be given. Any entries dropped after 12:00 noon on October 16 will be assessed the original fee plus a $10.00 per entry nuisance fee. Any judges dropped after 12:00 noon on October 16 will be assessed a $50.00 per judge nuisance fee. Any judges dropped at registration will be assessed a $100.00 per judge nuisance fee. No additional entries will be accepted after the deadline. Entry changes can be made on SpeechWire, or if changes can no longer be made online, please contact Darren by phone or e-mail.


Tabulation: Darren Epping, Assistant Director of Individual Events at Kansas State University, will be in charge of the tab room throughout the weekend. 


Team points will be awarded according to students’ placements in final rounds (10 points for first place, 8 points for second place, 6 points for third place, 4 points for fourth place, 2 points for fifth place, and 1 point for sixth place or lower). Students who wish to enter Individual Sweepstakes must compete in four events. Individual sweepstakes points will mirror the system for determining team sweepstakes points.


Ties will be broken in the following manner: Speaker points will be used to determine who advances to a final round. Ties in both preliminary rank and rate mean that all tied contestants will advance so long as the events are tied for fifth seed or better. Ties in final rounds will be broken by judge’s preference followed by speaker points. Ties in team points and individual sweepstakes will be broken on number of finals followed by number of firsts, seconds, thirds, etc earned in final rounds.


Awards: Bethel and K-State will present sweepstakes awards to the top three schools, awards to the top six finishers in each Individual Event, and awards to the top three individuals participating in four or more Individual Events. A Sunflower Swing sweepstakes award will be presented to the top student and school at both tournaments combined.


Food Allergies: Breakfast items will be provided for all competitors, judges, and coaches at the tournament.  Please contact Justin if anyone traveling with your squad has a food allergy that needs to be addressed prior to the introduction of these items to common areas.


Lunch: Cafeteria lunch tickets will be available for teams to purchase for their students at $8 per ticket.  Mojo’s Coffee Bar will also have food available for purchase on Saturday from 7am-5pm, and there are delivery options nearby as well.  


Adaptation for Physically Challenged Competitors: If anyone traveling with your squad has a physical disability or has concerns about accessibility or adaptations, please contact Justin.


Tournament Schedule:

7:15 AM         Registration on Saturday – Luyken Fine Arts Center Lobby

8:00 AM         Extemp Draw for Round I

8:15 AM         Round I A – ADS, CA, DI, Poetry, POI

8:30 AM         Round I A – Extemp

9:45 AM         Round I B – Duo, Impromptu, Informative, Persuasive, Prose

11:15 AM       Round II B – Duo, Impromptu, Informative, Persuasive, Prose

12:30 PM        Lunch

1:00 PM          Extemp Draw for Round II

1:15 PM          Round II A – ADS, CA, DI, Poetry, POI

1:30 PM          Round II A – Extemp

2:45 PM          Finals for B events (Semifinals for events of 40 or more)

4:15 PM          Extemp Draw for Finals

4:30 PM          Finals for A events (and any events that required Semifinals)

4:45 PM          Extemp Finals

(ASAP)           Awards – location to be announced




Lodging Information:


There are a number of hotel options close to Bethel’s campus.  This link provides information for many of those options: https://www.hotels.com/de1477243/hotels-newton-kansas/


Manager contact information

Justin Helmley
Email address: jmhelmley@bethelks.edu
Phone number: 8622165642

Mailing address

None provided

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