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Ed Leonard Memorial Tournament

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Dear Friends,


On behalf of the College of Communication and the Arts of Seton Hall University, the Brownson Speech and Debate Team, and SNAFU, we are delighted to invite you to the Annual Ed Leonard Memorial Speech Swing (with SNAFU) to be held on November 23-24, 2019. The Ed Leonard Memorial will be held on November 23 and SNAFU will be held on November 24. We hope you will join us at Seton Hall University to share our gifts of oral expression with friends from near and far.


Ed Leonard was an extremely talented young man who began his forensics career at Brookdale Community College and spent the last years of his life at Seton Hall. He truly made an indelible imprint upon the forensics community. Ed was always kind to others and very humble when he accepted his numerous awards. Ed treated others with dignity and respect. Perhaps Seneca the Elder had Ed Leonard in mind when he penned, "An orator is a good man who speaks well". It is our intent to bottle Ed Leonard's "goodness" at his tournament's namesake and we are looking forward to offering you a well organized and high spirited weekend full of quality competition.  We are so thankful for the opportunity to host and look forward to giving thanks!

The Ed Leonard Swing is open to all schools wishing to attend, and will feature the 11 AFA-NIET events and IPDA Debate.  Additionally, a special I.E. event, Impromptu Sales, will be offered on Saturday. All points and tabulations will be conducted according to AFA-NIET procedures. Two preliminary rounds of individual events will be followed by finals consisting of the top six contestants in each event. We will offer an Individual Speaker Award to the top three individuals who enter in at least four events in two genres of forensics. Sweepstakes awards will be given to the top three schools.


Enclosed you will find tournament information and the entry form. Please read the information carefully. Sam Ohrenberger-Hopkins will serve as this year’s tournament director.
Should you have any further questions please contact Catherine Zizik at 862-253-7886, Catherine.Zizik@shu.edu or Sam Ohrenbeger-Hopkins at 540-230-3507, Sam.Hopkins@shu.edu. On behalf of the team and coaching staff, we look forward to hosting you in November.


All the best,


Sam Ohrenberger-Hopkins, Head Coach

Catherine Zizik, Associate Professor, DOF




Seton Hall University          

SATURDAY, November 23, 2019


Breakfast (provided)                           8:00 AM

Registration                                         8:00 AM (Lower Level, Fahy, Rm 2)

Extemp Draw                                      8:30 AM

Round 1A / IPDA Round 1                9:00 AM

Round 1B / IPDA Round 2                 10:15 AM

Lunch Break                                       12:00

Extemp Draw                                      12:00 noon

Round 2A / IPDA Round 3                12:30 PM

Round 2B / IPDA Round 4                 1:45 PM          

Finals Extemp Draw                           3:15 PM

Finals A / IPDA Semifinals                3:30 PM

Finals B / IPDA Finals                       4:45  PM

Awards                                                ASAP 

* Schedule subject to change *

Students may enter up to 3 IE events per pattern or 1 IE event (not Extemp) and IPDA; schools may enter no more than 6 entries per event. Students may enter 2 Duos so long as it is with 2 different partners and 2 different scripts, 2 Duos count as 2 events. Please let us know of any accessibility needs.

Pattern A: Extemp, Persuasive, Program Oral Interp, Duo Interp, Prose, and Informative (Impromptu Sales – Day 1 only)

Pattern B: Impromptu, Dramatic Interp, After Dinner, Comm Analysis, and Poetry

Please enter Seton Hall’s fun and creative event: Impromptu Sales (After receiving a random object in a bag, students will have 6 minutes to prepare and deliver a sales speech on that object. The focus is on the uses of this object, the organization of the speech, creativity, and general delivery skills. Give it a try.)  Please note that the time has changed from 7 minutes to 6 minutes!!!

All Entries are due Wednesday November 20th by 5pm Eastern Standard Time.  You can submit your entry through speechwire.com. If you experience any problems with your entry submission, please contact Sam Ohrenberger-Hopkins at 540-230-3507 or Sam.Hopkins@shu.edu.


We will present awards to all elimination round participants.  We will also provide awards for school sweepstakes and individual speaker. To be eligible for Individual Speaker, contestants must compete in at least two of the three genres of forensics (LP, PA and Interp) and in at least four events.

For sweepstakes awards, finalists will receive 12 points for first place, 10 points for second, 8 points for third, 7 points for fourth, 5 points for fifth, and 3 points for sixth.  In IPDA first place will receive 12 points, runner-up will receive 10 points, and non-advancing semi-finalists will receive 8 points.


Seton Hall University and SNAFU will use the current standing event definitions and time limits as published by the American Forensics Association.  We will offer a semi-final round for any event with 40 or more entries competing in both preliminary rounds of competition. 

Barring network outages, internet access will be provided for Extemp and IPDA prep.


One judge covers two IPDA slots or eight IE slots.  Judging obligation is based on the initial entry to the tournament.

Seton Hall University Fees:

$ 10 per slot

$ 10 per uncovered IE slot, $20 per uncovered IPDA slot  (judge covers 2 IPDA slots or 8 IE slots)

$ 10 per dropped slot through Friday

$ 15 per additional entry after Wednesday, Nov. 20 (if room allows) 

$ 80 per judge dropped through Friday, Nov. 22

$ 25 dropped IE slots, and $125 per dropped judge at registration


Checks can be made payable to the following:  Seton Hall University:  Ed Leonard Memorial Fund. Please note that university policy will not allow us to make change from checks.

Manager contact information

Sam Ohrenberger-Hopkins
Email address: sam.hopkins@shu.edu
Phone number: 5402303507

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