2018 Wyoming State
Dates: 3/8/2018 - 3/10/2018

PHONE 307-577-0614    FAX 307-577-0637

Lander, WY
March 8, 9, 10, 2018



The Wyoming State High School Forensics Tournament will be held Lander, Wyoming on March 8, 9, 10, 2018.  This bulletin contains information and forms pertinent to the State meet.  If, after reviewing this data, you have questions concerning any aspect of the 2018 State Forensics Tournament, please do not hesitate to call the WHSAA office in Casper at 307-577-0614 or Duane Fish at 307-254-0297.   Duane is serving as State Tournament Director this year.  Please review the latest version of the State Tournament Rules in the WHSAA Handbook completely and carefully.  If after reviewing the rules you have any question, please call Londe Gagnon [President, Wyoming High School Speech Association] at 307-732-3700 or at lgagnon@tcsd.org   Call the WHSAA office if you need a copy of the State Tournament Rules or print it off the WHSAA homepage under handbook (www.whsaa.org).



Registration will be held from 11:00 -12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at Lander Valley High School, 350 Baldwin Creek Road, Lander, WY.  Please review the official tournament schedule [enclosed] carefully and make your plans to arrive in Lander to register prior to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.  At registration, your final entries will be verified.  Name changes and substitutions will be permitted at registration, but no additional entries are allowed at registration.  Any "drops" that occur at registration will be charged the appropriate cancellation fee as provided for in the State Tournament Rules:

"Each cancellation at registration (not substitutions) will cost the infringing school $20 for each student dropped and $50 in the case of each debate team (cross-x or L-D) entry.  This penalty can be avoided by calling the Tournament Director at (307) 254-0297 before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday before the tournament begins."



The State Tournament fee schedule/registration form is enclosed in this bulletin. With the fee schedule/registration form, please send a school voucher for your entry fees to the WHSAA Office, 6571 East 2nd Street, Casper, WY 82609.  There is no refund for students who subsequently do not attend the meet.  The entry fee deadline is Friday, February 23, 2018.


A student is limited to two events at the State Tournament, and may not enter two events scheduled at the same time.  A high school is limited to a total of 20 student entry slots.  Each student entered in any event slot constitutes an entry.  All team events (a duet team, a public forum team, a cross-examination team) counts as one entry. Schools are allowed to distribute those 20 entry slots as they wish; there is no limit per event.



The WHSAA State Forensics Tournament follows the rules available at www.whsaa.org.  Additionally, recent changes to the rules, passed by the Wyoming High School Forensics Association, will be in effect.  Londe Gagnon, President of the WHSFA, will email these revisions to all coaches by the middle of February.  If you do not receive this email with the attached document of rule revisions, you should contact Londe at lgagnon@tcsd.org to obtain your copy of the rules that will be in effect at this year's tournament.


All topics will be in the area of current events and will be drawn from material in issues of TIME, THE ECONOMIST, and CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR for the three months preceding the state tournament.  This three month time-frame includes the two weeks immediately preceding the state tournament. Each high school which expects to compete in Extemporaneous Speaking must send a list of ten (10) topics to the Tournament Director.  These topics must be submitted electronically (DUE – February 23, 2018). Send your extemporaneous speaking topics directly to Duane Fish.      


Each participant entered in Congressional Debate may submit one Bill or Resolution (only one bill or resolution). Bills or resolutions intended for use in the state tournament must be submitted electronically by the Director of Forensics (only one email per school please) to the Tournament Director at duane.r.fish@gmail.com (DUE – FEBRUARY 23, 2018). Preference is that these be submitted in a word document. The bill or resolution must be properly submitted to fit on a single 8 1/2" x 11" white sheet of paper.  All bills or resolutions received with the entry forms will be organized and posted on the Joy of Tournaments Website. Schools may access those bills for each of their students through the Website

Bills or resolutions which are not submitted with the official entry forms and which are therefore "late" (i.e. submitted later that the entry deadline of FEBRUARY 23, 2018), will not be accepted for distribution by the Tournament Director.  "Late" bills and resolutions may be added to the bottom of the agenda order provided that sufficient copies for the entire Congress are available from the "late" school.  If "late" bills or resolutions are accepted for addition to the agenda order, they may be added only to the bottom of the agenda order after all the correctly and timely pre-submitted bills have been debated.  The tournament staff will not duplicate "late" bills or resolutions at the state tournament.

The number of houses will be dependent on the number of entries. The formula Base of Three will be used to split entries. Coaches will be able to place up to three of their competitors in a given house depending on the number of houses needed for Congressional Debate. This distribution will be honored if received before the first day of the tournament.


In the individual events: ranking of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, will be given.  Ratings on a 51-100 point scale will also be given in the preliminary rounds.  "No Shows" will count as a rank of 9 and 0 speaker points (rating).  Please note the State Tournament Rules concerning the use of "clean breaks" based on ranks only to qualify for semifinals in individual events.  In debate:  each debate will be judged on a win-loss basis; each debater will also be evaluated on speaker points.  Qualification procedures for advancement to elimination rounds are outlined in the State Tournament Rules.  It is the policy of the Wyoming High School Activities Association that all decisions, scores, ranks, rating, etc. of groups or individuals or debate teams are final and without appeal.  Any undue attempt to influence a critic or judge may result in the disqualification of the individual student or the school concerned.  Protests should be submitted in writing to the Tournament Director and the appropriate adjudication procedures followed, as specified in the State Tournament Rules.


Students should carefully adhere to the specified time limits for their events.  Failure to do so will result in speaker point or rating penalties.  Please review the State Tournament Rules for exact time and the violation penalty.


The following commitment shall be required from those schools participating in the State Tournament:

6 or less entry slots:

2 rounds judged personally by the coach.

7-12 entry slots:

Either 2 rounds judged personally by the coach and provide one judge who shall be available for the entire tournament; or 4 rounds judged personally by the coach.

13 + entry slots:

Either 2 rounds judged personally by the coach and provide two judges who shall be available for the entire tournament; or 4 rounds judged personally by the coach and provide one judge who shall be available for the entire tournament; or 6 rounds judged personally by the coach.               

Schools will be obligated for judging no more than the following rounds: 

6 or less entry slots:                six rounds of judging

                7-12 entry slots:                      twelve rounds of judging

                12-20 entry slots:                    eighteen rounds of judging

No school shall be required to judge rounds in excess of their commitment. Schools may provide for all rounds of judging with as many judges as they wish to provide. They may specify which judge is to cover which part of the obligation. No judge may be obligated to judge more than eight rounds.

It is the responsibility of the Director of Forensics from each high school to impress upon the accompanying judges their responsibilities and duties.  These judges are important to the efficient functioning of the tournament.  Try to bring a compliment of judges.  Accompanying judges and coaches should be able to judge a wide variety of events. Please have all judges complete the judge form and submit them with your entries on FEBRUARY 23, 2018.   


Please recall that a student may not enter two events scheduled at the same time.  A student may enter two events scheduled at different times in different conflict patterns.

PATTERN "A" EVENTS                                                      PATTERN "B" EVENTS


Cross-Examination Team Debate                                            Extemporaneous Speaking

Lincoln-Douglas Debate                                                         Memorized Humorous Interpretation

Public Forum Debate                                                              Manuscript Poetry Interpretation

Memorized Dramatic Interpretation                                         Memorized Original Oratory

Memorized Duet Interpretation                                               Congressional Debate

Manuscript Program Oral Interpretation                                 Memorized Informative Speaking



These topics are the ones specified in the February NFL Website for March.


The Cross Examination Debate Topic is Resolved:   The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States



Coaches are asked to impress upon their students, for whom they are responsible, the importance of approaching the state tournament with seriousness and responsibility.  We ask that students not be allowed to bring large radios/tape players which, when played in halls outside contest rooms, can be distracting.  All judges will be asked to monitor student behavior in the contest rooms in an attempt to insure fairness to all contestants and the coaches are hereby reminded of their duties in so far as student conduct and propriety in concerned.  Coaches are asked to monitor their students carefully during the entire tournament. Problems (if any) which occur are the responsibility of the appropriate coach/school. 

Please go to Joy of Tournaments to enter the tournament. You will need to fill out the following forms and submit them separately.


                                                              EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING TOPICS



High School:____________________________________________________________________________________________


DEADLINE:  February 23, 2018


Each high school entering Extemporaneous Speaking must send this completed form via email to duane.r.fish@gmail.com  


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                                                FEE SCHEDULE / REGISTRATION FORM






Return this form and payment to the WHSAA Office, 6571 East 2nd Street, Casper, WY  82609.

                                                                                (IF YOU FAX, YOU DO NOT NEED TO MAIL THE SAME FORMS)


DEADLINE:  February 23, 2018



Entry Limitations


A student is limited to two events at the State Tournament, and may not enter two events scheduled at the same time.  A high school is limited to a total of 20 entry slots.  Each student entered in any event slot constitutes an entry, except for cross-examination debate.  A cross-examination debate team, a duet interpretation team, and a public forum team each count as one entry slot.  An individual student who is entered in two events counts as two entry slots.  Schools may enter their allowable 20 entry slots distributed among the various events as they wish, so long as the total number of entry slots per school remains at 18. (Rule: 8.3.3. WHSAA Handbook)




                                                                                                                # OF ENTRIES                                               

                                School Registration Fee (Make sure to include in your total)                                  $75.00           


                                Each Cross-X Debate Team        14.00   X             ____________        =   ____________


                                Each L-D Debate Entry               14.00  X              ____________        =   ____________


                                Each Public Forum Debate           14.00  X             ____________        =   ____________


                                Each Duet Interp. Team                14.00  X             ____________        =   ____________


                                Each Congressional Debate            9.00  X             ____________        =   ____________


                                Each Individual Event Slot            9.00  X              ____________        =   ____________



                                TOTAL STATE SPEECH REGISTRATION FEE    $_____________________






I hereby certify that the students participating in the categories listed above are eligible to attend the 2018 Wyoming High School "State" Speech


Tournament representing: _________________________________________High School in full accordance with the rules of the Wyoming


High School Activities Association.



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                                             Speech Instructor                                                                                       Principal or Superintendent




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