2017 ACTAA State Speech & Debate Championship
Dates: 3/31/2017 - 4/1/2017

2017 ARKANSAS STATE SPEECH AND DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Cabot High School
March 31-April 1, 2017

Rosie Valdez Block -- Chair
Colton Gilbert -- Co-Chair
Christy Armbrust
Micah Qualls
Chris Flowers

The committee congratulates you for qualifying competitors to the 2016 Arkansas Tournament of Champions! We are excited to host you this year at Cabot High School in Cabot, Arkansas on Friday, March 31st – Saturday, April 1st, 2017. Please read the following entry instructions carefully. If you have any questions, please contact Rosie Valdez rosie.valdez@lrsd.org.

Entry to the Arkansas Tournament of Champions will be done through Joy of Tournaments. All entries will be checked against official qualifying-tournament records.  For every entry, provide first and last names of each competitor. Below are the qualification methods for events as well as the entry guidelines for the ATOC:

Individual Events:

·        Students may enter every event for which they are qualified, HOWEVER, NO ROUND WILL BE HELD FOR A STUDENT WHO MISSES AN EVENT. The round will end when it is scheduled to end, and there will be no performances allowed after that time.

·        Pattern A: Improvised Duet Acting, Oratory, HI, DI, and Duo Interpretation, Informative Speaking, Program of Oral Interpretation

·        Pattern B: International Extemporaneous and Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking, Storytelling, Prose, Poetry

·        Qualification occurs when competitors have met:

 

Level I Events: A Level I Event is one in which ALL Semifinalists-1st Place Winners in the event qualify to the ATOC. A Level I Event must meet the following criteria:

a.      The event must have at least 32 entries.

b.      The event must have a diversity of at least two (2) schools.

       Level II Events: A Level II Event is one in which ALL Finalists-1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners ONLY in the event qualify to the ATOC. A Level II Event must meet the following criteria:

a.      The event must have at least 16 entries.

b.      The event must have a diversity of at least two (2) schools.

      Level III Events: A Level III Event is one in which the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners ONLY in the event qualifies to the ATOC. A Level III Event must meet the following criteria:

a.      The event must have at least 10 entries.

b.      The event must have a diversity of at least two (2) schools.

       Level IV Events: A Level IV Event is one in which the 1st and 2nd Place Winners ONLY in the event qualifies to the ATOC. A Level IV Event must meet the following criteria:

a.      The event has less than 7 entries

b.      The event must have a diversity of at least two (2) schools

       Level V Events: A Level V Event is one in which the 1st Winner ONLY in the event qualifies to the ATOC. A Level V Event must meet the following criteria:

a.      The event has less than 5 entries

b.      The event must have a diversity of at least two (2) schools

 Debate Events:

·         Due to the number of debate events ACTAA now qualifies to ATOC, the committee must clarify that students may only enter ONE DEBATE EVENT (Policy, PF, LD, IPDA) REGARDLESS OF QUALIFICATION. Additionally, a student is permitted to enter IPDA and an Extemp event (if qualified in both) but must do so with the understanding that the schedule and elimination rounds on Saturday, April 2nd will not be modified for any double-entered competitor.

·         Qualification occurs in the following events when competitors have met:

a.       Policy Debate, Lincoln Douglas, and Public Forum

                                                                    i.            Five (5) wins at ATOC qualifying tournaments

                                                                 ii.            Advancing to semi-finals or finals

                                                               iii.            1st, 2nd, or 3rd Speaker

b.      IPDA Debate

                                                                    i.            Five (5) wins at ATOC qualifying tournaments

                                                                 ii.            Advancing to quarterfinals TWICE

                                                               iii.            Advancing to semifinals ONCE

                                                                iv.            Advancing to finals

                                                                  v.            1st, 2nd, or 3rd Speaker

c.       Congressional Debate [PILOT QUALIFIER 2015-2016]

                                                                    i.            Advancing to Super Session

                                                                 ii.            Placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at any ATOC Qualifying Tournament

                                                               iii.            Receiving 28 individual points at the ACTAA Student Congress in November

·         All qualified teams may be entered. Teams will not be protected after the preliminary rounds from competing against a team from their own school. All rounds will be debated.

 

·         Maverick Debaters will not be permitted at the ATOC. In policy debate and public forum, a school with an odd number of competitors qualified for the ATOC may apply for a waiver for a competitor with the closest qualification. The TOC committee will determine if the waiver is accepted.

 

 Group Events:

 Qualification occurs in group events when competitors have met:

a.      If a tournament has 1-2 entries in RT or WM, there is no qualifier to the ATOC.

b.      If a tournament has 3-4 entries in RT or WM, only the 1st place winner will qualify to the ATOC.

c.       If a tournament has 5-6 entries in RT or WM, only those placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd will qualify to the ATOC.

d.      If a tournament has a preliminary round and then a final, those entries in the final round will qualify to the ATOC.

e.      The same RT and WM may be performed three (3) times to qualify to the ATOC, regardless of success of the piece at a given qualifier.

 

·         It is the duty of the coach to ensure that the rights have been secured for the Words and Music selection.  THE COACH MUST TURN IN A COPY OF THE PERMISSION/FORMS/RIGHTS for their Words and Music Entry at registration. 

 

·         Coaches: please make sure your selections comply with ACTAA rules and are within copyright law of educational and fair-use. ACTAA rules regarding Words and Music entries must be followed.

All entries must be finalized by Monday, March 28, 2016 by 6:00 p.m. Due to the number of entries for ATOC and the data entry burden on tabulation, NO PAPER ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. If you need help with this process, please contact Rosie Valdez. You MUST complete your entry online through Joy of Tournaments and then submit your qualification report attached below (this report must be emailed to Rosie Valdez. Any changes to entries or judges after March 28th must be emailed to Rosie Valdez (rosie.valdez@lrsd.org), Colton Gilbert (colton.gilbert@lrsd.org) and Jennifer Akers (Jennifer.akers@cps.k12.ar.us).

 

Entry fees are payable to ACTAA at 1818 N. Taylor Street Suite B #307, Little Rock, AR 72202.  Entries may be paid at registration as well or after as long as you present a signed P.O. at registration. No school may enter the ATOC that has a delinquent ACTAA account prior to the tournament.  

Cabot High School is located at 401 N Lincoln St, Cabot, AR 72023. Please do not arrive to campus before 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Registration will be held in the library. The tab room will be located in the library. Only coaches are allowed in the tab room. The ballot table will be located outside of the coaches’ lounge in the front of the school. All competitors should wait in the cafeteria before and after events. Please do not bring outside food into the host school. Concessions will be provided. Jennifer Akers (jennifer.akers@cps.k12.ar.us) is the liaison for the host school should you have questions about the campus or parking.

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our committee. We look forward to seeing you in April!


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