WYOMING HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION
6571 EAST 2ND STREET
CASPER, WYOMING 82609
PHONE 307-577-0614 FAX 307-577-0637
2020 WHSAA STATE FORENSICS TOURNAMENT
March 12, 13, 14, 2020
INTRODUCTION, PHONE NUMBERS, RULES
The Wyoming State High School Forensics Tournament will be held in Green River, Wyoming on March 12,13,14,2020. This bulletin contains information and forms pertinent to the State meet. If, after reviewing this data, you have questions concerning any aspect of the 2020 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 questions, please call Londie Gagnon [President, Wyoming High School Speech Association] at 307-699-0537 or at email@example.com. 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 12 at Green River High School, 1615 Hitching Post, Green River, WY. Please review the official tournament schedule [enclosed] carefully and make your plans to arrive in Green River 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 (PF and 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 Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
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.
ENTRY FORMS: IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW TO INSURE PROPER ENTRY INTO THE TOURNAMENT
Enclosed in this bulletin is the tournament information. Tournament entry will be done electronically. Most, BUT NOT ALL material will be submitted through the Joy of Tournaments Website. Please make sure that you complete all of the necessary information at that site. Entry procedures are listed below.
**Student Participants, Event Entry, Director of Forensics, and Accompanying Judge information will all be submitted on the
Joy of Tournaments Website: http://www.joyoftournaments.com/
**Student Congress Bill and student placement should be emailed to the tournament director by February 25, 2020, at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Fees sheets and Eligibility forms should be returned to the WHSAA: Please list the names of those students you are entering in the State Tournament and have their eligibility certified by your principal. Please print or type students’ names -- first and last names.
It is important that your entry forms and related materials be submitted as outlined in this bulletin. High School coaches are expected to be extremely conscientious in regard to the State Tournament entry forms and the additional information, which they are required to submit. It is the coaches’ responsibility to insure the accuracy of their school's entry in the State Tournament.
DEADLINES FOR ENTRIES
Online entry deadline is February 25, 2020. The Tournament Director must have your entries by this date in order to determine the number of panels and judges needed for the State Tournament and to process Congress Bills. The entry deadline is approximately two weeks prior to the State Tournament, as provided for in the State Tournament Rules. You should review this particular section of the State Tournament Rules for the relevant details pertaining to the entry deadline. As stipulated in the State Tournament Rules, it is the responsibility of each school’s Director of Forensics to adhere to the entry deadline.
In the event that entries are received from schools which are received after the entry deadline, but before one week prior to the State Tournament, then those schools shall not be eligible for Sweepstakes awards. In past years, this sanction has applied to several schools. In the event that entries are received from schools within one week prior to the State Tournament, those schools shall not be permitted to enter or participate in the State Tournament.
After the expiration of the entry deadline, schools that are entered in the State Meet will be allowed to change, correct, update, or otherwise modify their State Tournament entry form through the Joy of Tournaments Website. Any changes in entry can be made until Wednesday March 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. After Wednesday evening and through Thursday registration, only name changes or substitutions will be allowed. Those should be made directly with the Tournament Director by phone (cell 307.254.0297), or in writing, through e-mail (email@example.com). No additional entries will be permitted during this time-frame or at registration. It is the responsibility of the high school coach to update any corresponding paperwork and, additional fee assessment, based on changes made after the entry deadline, with the Wyoming High School Activities Association. Drop in entries are not deducted from the initial entry fee assessment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your copy of the rules that will be in effect at this year's tournament.
EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING TOPICS
All extemporaneous questions should be taken from the past three months of NFHS and NSDA extemporaneous practice topics.
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 via google docs(per new rule passed at fall mtg.) by the Director of Forensics (only one email per school please) to the Tournament Director at email@example.com (DUE – February 25, 2020). 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 25, 2020), 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 distribution of the chamber lists and the bills associated with each chambert.
RANKING, RATINGS, AND DECISIONS
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 25, 2020.
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
Program Oral Interpretation Memorized Informative Speaking
THE LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE and THE PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE TOPIC
These topics are the ones specified in the February NFL Rostrum for March or on the NSDA website.
THE CROSS-EXAMINATION TEAM DEBATE TOPIC
The Cross Examination Debate Topic is The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.
Meals will be available throughout the tournament. For prices and availability, please refer to the information provided on the Joy of Tournaments Website. Reservations for the meals will need to be made through the link provided.
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.
THE 2020 WYOMING STATE HIGH SCHOOL FORENSICS TOURNAMENT
March 12, 13, 14, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020
1: 00 p.m. Registration – Green River High School
Ballot pick-up and return – Green River High School
2:30 p.m. Close of registration
2:45 p.m. Draw for Extemporaneous, Round 1: Library
Congress 30 Minute Work Session Room: Band Room
3:15 p.m. Round 1 Extemporaneous, Oratory, Humor, Poetry, Congress
4:30 p.m. Round 1 Cross-Examination Team, L-D Debate, Public Forum Debate, Duet, Drama,
4:30 p.m. Coaches Meeting: Room 279
6:00 p.m. Round 2 Cross-Examination Team, L-D Debate, Public Forum Debate, Duet, Drama
7:30 p.m. Draw for Extemporaneous, Round 2: Library
8:00 p.m. Round 2 Extemporaneous, Oratory, Humor, Poetry, Congress
Friday, March 13, 2020
8:00 a.m. Round 3 Cross-Examination Team Debate, L-D Debate, Public Forum Debate, Duet, Drama
9:30 a.m. Draw for Extemporaneous, Round 3: Library
10:00 a.m. Coaches Meeting: Room 279
10:00 a.m. Round 3 Extemporaneous, Oratory, Humor, Poetry, Congress
11:15 a.m. Round 4 Cross-Examination Team Debate, L-D Debate, Public Forum Debate, Duet, Drama
12:45 p.m. Draw for Extemporaneous, Round 4: Library
1:15 p.m. Round 4 Extemporaneous, Oratory, Humor, Poetry, Congress
2:30 p.m. Round 5 Cross-Examination Team Debate, L-D Debate, Public Forum Debate
4:00 p.m. Ballot Verification -- Individual Events
4:30 p.m. Extemporaneous (Draw if necessary)
5:00 p.m. Quarter Finals Individual Events where necessary
6:30 p.m. Round 6 Cross-Examination Team Debate, L-D Debate, Public Forum Debate
8:45 p.m. Ballot Verification - Debate
Saturday, March 14, 2020
8:00 a.m. Quarterfinals Cross-Examination Team Debate, Public Forum Debate
Octofinals Lincoln-Douglas Debate
9:30 a.m. Semis Draw for Extemporaneous-Library
10:00 a.m. Semis Extemporaneous, Oratory, Humor, Poetry, Super Congress
11:15 a.m. Quarterfinals Lincoln-Douglas Debate
. Semis Cross-Examination Team Debate, Public Forum Debate, Duet, Drama
12:15 p.m. Finals Poetry, Oratory
12:15 p.m. Finals Super Congress Session II
1:30 p.m. Semis Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Finals Drama, Cross-Examination Team Debate, Public Forum Debate
2:45 p.m. Finals Duet, Lincoln-Douglas Debate
3:30 p.m. Draw for Extemporaneous Finals: Library
4:00 p.m. Finals Extemporaneous, Humor
5:30 p.m. Awards Assembly
Please go to Joy of Tournaments to enter the tournament. You will need to fill out the following form and submit it separately. This form should be sent to the WHSAA Office and not to the Tournament Director
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 25, 2020
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 20. (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 $_____________________
CERTIFICATION OF STUDENTS ELIGIBILITY --
I hereby certify that the students participating in the categories listed above will be allowed to compete at the Wyoming High School State Speech Tournament as long as they are academically eligible to attend by the start of the Tournament.
Speech Instructor Principal or Superintendent
Date High School