Union Forensic Society Invitational

2020 — Tulsa, OK/US

Invitation

You are cordially invited to the 8th Annual Union Forensic Society Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament.  Please review the information below before entering.

Location

Union High School

6636 S. Mingo Road

Tulsa, OK 74133

Dates

January 31 – February 1, 2020

Director

Christian Jones

jones.christian@unionps.org

918-809-1163

Website

http://union.tabroom.com                         

Deadlines

Entries are due by 4:00 PM Monday, January 27, 2020.

Judges are due by 4:00 PM Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Changes to your entry after 4:00 PM Thursday, January 30, 2020 must be done by email.

Event Rules

OSSAA: https://issuu.com/chriswilfong/docs/spd_2018-19_manual

NSDA: https://www.speechanddebate.org/wp-content/uploads/HS-Unified-Manual-2019-2020.pdf

Important Note for Out of State Schools

Please email the tournament director as soon as you plan to attend.  There is paperwork to file with the OSSAA.

Out of state schools may only enter Championship Division and/or Novice Division.

Important Notes for All Schools

The Union Forensic Society Invitational is a qualifying bid tournament for the NIETOC and TOC Extemp.  Top 3 in Championship US and International Extemp will receive a bid for TOC Extemp.  Top finishers in Championship HI, DI, DUO, Duet, OO, INF, POI, and (new this year) both extemp events will receive a bid to the NIETOC (number of bids varies based on entries).  For more information visit the tournament’s websites: http://nietoc.com/          http://sites.northwestern.edu/tocextemp/

Championship and Novice divisions will use NSDA rules (unless there is no NSDA rule set for that event, then use OSSAA event rules).  All qualifying divisions will use OSSAA rules (with a few exceptions noted below).

Championship speech events start on Friday.

Entry caps are in effect.  Please do not be alarmed if an entry gets waitlisted.  These limits help ensure we do not hit an overall cap for our facilities.  After the entry deadline, waitlist entries will be added.

Any school with an outstanding balance from last year must pay that balance before entries from that school will be accepted.

All adds after the entry deadline are accepted at tournament director’s discretion. 

Union does have a guest wifi network.  No password is needed, just click the agreement.  However, our network does block the dropbox server, so please prepare accordingly.

Entry Fees

Championship Division

o   $20 per policy debate or public forum entry

o   $10 per Lincoln Douglas entry

o   $12 per duet or duo entry

o   $6 each for all other entries

All other Divisions

o   $10 per policy debate or public forum entry

o   $5 per Lincoln Douglas entry

o   $6 per duet or duo entry

o   $3 each for all other entries

Nuisance Fees

$25 per missing judge per day

$5 for an add or drop after 4:00 PM Tuesday, January 29, 2019

$25 for an unreported drop

Cross Entry Limitations

Entries in a championship CX, LD, or PF event may not cross enter.

Entries in any other championship events may not cross enter in CX, LD, or PF in any division.

No competitor may enter more than 3 events in a qualifying division.

No competitor may enter more than 3 events in a Championship Pattern.

No competitor may enter more than 2 events in a Novice Pattern.

Entries in novice division may not cross enter any other division.

Judge Requirements

1 judge per 2 CX entries or portion thereof per day of the event.

1 judge per 4 LD/PF entries or portion thereof per day of the event.

1 judge per 12 speech/acting entries or portion thereof per day of the event.

Championship Debate Judges

Judges assigned to judge these events (Champ CX, LD, or PF) may not be assigned to judge speech events. 

All judges are expected to be present for all preliminary rounds and 1 elimination round after their school has been eliminated.  Missing judge fees may be assessed if this requirement is not met.

Championship debate events will use online balloting.  All judges in these categories MUST have an account at tabroom.com AND bring a devise for filling out their ballots.

All Other Judges

DO NOT enter a single person more than once. Judges may count toward the requirement for both debate and speech.  The invoice generated by tabroom.com will not immediately reflect this.  Invoices will be adjusted after the tournament and schools will be notified when they are accurate.

If a judge is for debate, then enter that person in the most appropriate category (CX or LD/PF). 

If a judge counts toward both debate and speech, then enter that person as a debate judge in the most appropriate category (CX or LD/PF).

All non-debate judges should be entered in the speech judge group. 

Every judge is assumed to be available for all time slots unless otherwise specified.  You may specify “No Friday” or “No Saturday” on tabroom.com to indicate when a judge is unavailable (click on the green button next to the judge’s name). 

Please use judge notes to convey the following information, if a judge:

o   can only judge novice;

o   is conflicted with another school or entry;

o   has partial availability on one or both days;

o   would prefer only debate;

o   would prefer or not prefer one form of debate;

o   would prefer or not prefer to judge extemp, oratory, and/or acting;

High school students with at least 150 NSDA points are welcome to judge in the novice division.

Championship Debate Divisions (CX, LD, and PF)

Students in a championship debate event may not cross enter in any other event.

There will be 6 preliminary rounds.

We will use NSDA event rules except policy debate teams will receive 8 minutes of prep time.  (note to Oklahoma schools: this means no 3-person teams in CX)

At the end of preliminary rounds, we will have a short ceremony for speaker awards and to announce the first elimination round.

Championship Speech Division

Students in the championship speech division may not cross enter in any debate event.

There will be 3 preliminary rounds in each event and they will start on Friday.

We will use NSDA event rules for all NSDA main events (DI, DUO, HI, INF, IX, OO, POI, USX).

For all other events (DA, MO, PO, PR, SO), we will use OSSAA rules with the following exceptions:

o   No event will be limited by grade level.

o   NSDA overtime rules will be used.

Qualifying Divisions (6A, 5A, 4A, and 3A)

Students in a qualifying debate may not cross enter in championship speech events.

All OSSAA rules apply.

Novice Division

Competitors in the novice division may not cross enter in any other division.

A novice competitor is defined as a person in their first year of competition or a person who has not yet reached 9th grade. For a team entry to be a valid novice entry all persons on the team must be eligible for novice status.  Anyone found ineligible for novice will be immediately disqualified. 

These events: CX, LD, PF, Extemp, Interp (combined HI and DI), will use NSDA event rules, except:

o   Policy debate teams will receive 8 minutes of prep time.

o   3-person teams will be allowed in policy debate.

These events: PO, PR, MO, and Duet Acting (combined HD and DD) will use OSSAA event rules, except:

o   No event will be limited by grade level.

o   NSDA overtime rules will be used.

Oratory will allow speeches that would qualify as an OO or and SO under OSSAA event rules, except:

o   No event will be limited by grade level.

o   NSDA overtime rules will be used.

Debate Topics

CX will use the 2019-2020 NFHS topic in all divisions.

LD will use the January/February 2020 NSDA topic in all divisions.

PF will use the January 2020 NSDA topic in all divisions.

Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes awards for all divisions will be calculated based on the sweepstakes formula in the OSSAA manual. 

All non-OSSAA individual events will be calculated as individual events. 

Duo Interp will be calculated as a duet acting event.

The Grand Champion will be the school that earns the most points across all divisions.

Upon Arrival

Please enter through ‘Collegiate Academy’ entrance on the Northeast corner of the main building.

On Friday, wait in the Grand Hall before rounds begin.

Busses may park in the Northeast visitor parking lot in the front of the school.

If you plan to arrive before 1:00 PM, please email the director.

School gets out at 3:11 PM and rounds start at 3:45 PM, so please try to arrive before 2:50 PM.