Singletary High School Forensics Tournament

2022 — Online, OR/US

 

LINFIELD UNIVERSITY – 86th ANNUAL SINGLETARY HIGH SCHOOL

 

INVITATIONAL FORENSICS TOURNAMENT

 

February 5-6, 2022

 

We are excited to announce that students who win first place in any senior level event can qualify for a scholarship of $1000 to attend Linfield University (renewable for four years). We have made several changes to the tournament and our schedule, so please read carefully. We are using Tabroom this year and will be utilizing electronic ballots and using Yaatly to allow synchronous competition. Please note that recording students is not permitted.

 

ENTRY DEADLINE

 

Please complete entries via web registration on tabroom.com no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 31. Entry fees and hired judging fees will be assessed on your entry as it stands at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2. Adds are not allowed after noon on Wednesday. Please report any drops as soon as possible. Contact Una Kimokeo-Goes (ukimokeo-goes@linfield.edu) with any questions about registration.

 

EVENT PATTERNS

 

PATTERN A: Senior Extemp, Novice Extemp, Poetry, Novice Poetry, ADS, Inform,

 

Serious Interp, Senior Radio, Novice Radio, LIELL

 

PATTERN B: Senior Prose, Novice Prose, Senior Impromptu, Novice Impromptu, Oratory, Duo Interp, Humorous Interp

 

DEBATE: Senior Parli, Novice Parli, Senior Lincoln-Douglas, Novice Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum. Due to low registration numbers the past several years, we are not offering CX this year. 

 

DEBATE

 

We expect difficulties in hiring judges. Unless you have made previous arrangements, the tournament will be unable accept more than one uncovered debate entries or three speech entries from any one school. Also, if we need to ask schools to drop some entries due to judge limitations, programs with uncovered debate slots will be asked to drop first.

 

Parli Debate, Senior and Novice Division. “Senior” is open to debaters as defined by OHSSL recommendations or any student at the discretion of their coach. That is, all students involved in their third or fourth year of debate competition must compete at the senior level. Those students with less experience (such as junior competitors) may elect to compete at the senior level as well. “Novice” debaters as defined by OHSSL recommendations includes students in their first year of competitive debate. Topics will vary per round (THREE topics per round, each team will get to strike one topic). Resolutions will focus on policy and value issues in the general area of current events and teams have 15 minutes to prepare. The division will use the 7-8-8-8-4-5 format. OHSSL rules will be followed.

 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Senior and Novice Division: “Senior” is open to debaters as defined by OHSSL recommendations or any student at the discretion of their coach; all students involved in their third or fourth year of debate competition must compete at the senior level. “Novice” debaters as defined by OHSSL recommendations includes students in their first year of competitive debate. Each speaker should be prepared to debate both sides of the debate topic. The topic will be consistent with the National Speech & Debate Association 2021 Jan./Feb. topic. The division will use the 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 format. OHSSL rules will be followed.

 

Public Forum Debate: The topic will be consistent with the National Speech & Debate Association 2021 Feb. topic. The division will use the 4-4-3-4-4-3-2-2-3-2-2 format (with 2 minutes of prep time for each side).

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

 

In IEs, students may enter three events total with a maximum of two events per pattern.  

 

Yaatly allows students to enter a room without disrupting the speaker. Students can enter and set their status to “DE” (double-entered) or “Ready.” They can also use the chat function to communicate to their judges or the other competitors. Students must compete in their assigned rooms and are expected to be on time for the competition.

 

Senior division will be offered in ALL events, and novice division will be offered in selected events. Events will be collapsed as needed. Novices should be students in their first full year of competition on the high school level. In debate, the member with the highest division placement determines the division. 

 

A student cannot use any materials that they have used in interscholastic competition prior to September 1, 2021. This tournament will follow OHSSL guidelines/rules for each of the individual events. Time signals will be given only in impromptu, radio commentary, and extemp; they may be offered in LIELL.

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENT DESCRIPTIONS

 

LIMITED PREP:

 

Extemp Draw will be in the “Auditorium” of Yaatly. The Extemp Proctor will check for first speakers and adjust the speaking order, if needed. The times and topics will be posted in the Auditorium chat. The tournament may use staggered times (such as 9 minutes between speakers), to account for an online platform. Tab will email Extemp judges each round with a copy of the topics.

 

Impromptu topics will be distributed by the judge in their assigned competition rounds in Yaatly; Each speaker will be given a different set of topics - thus students will be in the round together during one another’s prep and can watch each other’s speeches. The tournament recommends judges give 10 seconds for the students to read the topics before starting time. Students are permitted to time themselves in limited prep events. However, judges should always verbally confirm with students if they want time signals and at what intervals. Yaatly has Room Timers that can be set for any length of time; the timer is visible to both the student and the judge.

 

PATTERN A:

 

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING (Sen, Nov): Contestants will select one of three topics on current events issues and have 30 minutes preparation time to craft a speech. Students can use research materials during the preparation time, but they should not receive any aid from any other person. Time limit is seven minutes with a 30 second grace period. Speakers should cite several pieces of evidence on their topic. No notes may be used during the delivery, and no promptings are allowed.

 

POETRY READING:  Contestants should read poems that are related to and organized around a central theme. No fewer than three poems or cuttings from three poems are to be used. Each poem should be appropriately introduced. Contestants must read from a manuscript or the printed page. Frequent references must be made to the manuscript although memorization of some passages may occur. Introductions should be memorized or delivered extemporaneously. Time limit is eight minutes with a thirty-second grace period. If laughter delays the speaker, the timekeeper shall make allowance by stopping the watch at the beginning and starting it at the end of each interruption.

 

AFTER-DINNER SPEAKING (Sen, Nov): An original speech to entertain with the purpose of making a serious point through the use of humor. The speech should not be a series of unrelated jokes, a skit or vaudeville performance, “acted out” or dependent upon impersonation, although character suggestions and use of dialect in telling jokes or stories is permissible. Time limit is six minutes with a 30 second grace period. If laughter delays the speakers, the timekeeper shall make allowance by stopping the watch at the beginning and starting it at the end of each interruption. No notes are permitted and no promptings are allowed during the delivery of the speech. A copy of the speech, including the bibliography, must be available if requested by the tournament director.

 

INFORMATIVE SPEAKING: An original speech designed to inform. No notes or manuscripts are allowed. Argumentative, persuasive, or entertaining material may be used but only to illustrate, enliven, or clarify the information. Visual aids may be used to supplement the exposition. Time limit is ten minutes with a thirty-second grace period. No more than one hundred and fifty words may be quoted material. A copy of the speech, including the bibliography, must be available if requested by the tournament director.

 

MEMORIZED SERIOUS: An interpretation of a selection from published, printed novels, short stories, plays, or poetry that is serious in nature. The script should be memorized, with a memorized introduction. Physical objects, props or costumes are not allowed. Time limit is ten minutes with a 30 second grace period. If laughter delays the speaker, the timekeeper shall make allowance by stopping the watch at the beginning and starting it at the end of each interruption.

 

RADIO COMMENTARY (Sen, Nov): An original news commentary dealing with current events of the 2017-2018 school year. No more than seventy-five words should be quoted material. The script is to be an analysis of the news, not simply a running synopsis of news. The script is to be read from a manuscript or printed page and not committed to memory. The script should be timed to end between 4:45 and 5:15 minutes. A copy of the speech, including the bibliography, must be available if requested by the tournament director.

 

LITERARY INTERP FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (LIELL): An interpretation of materials to be read from a manuscript or printed page. Contestants may use limited gestures while standing primarily in one place. The purpose of the speaker is to entertain the audience by suggestion of the characters, moods and changes in plot through voice, facial expression and limited movement and gesture. Judges should be aware that most speakers in LIELL have not mastered precise pronunciation; their accents should not be held against them. There is no minimum time limit; contestants shall speak no more than five minutes with a 30‚Äźsecond period of grace including the introduction and reading.  

 

PATTERN B:

 

PROSE READING (Sen, Nov):  Contestants should read materials from published, printed short stories, novels or essays. Contestants must read from a manuscript or the printed page, although memorization of some passages may occur. Both narration and dialogue are encouraged, but more than 50% of the words in the selection must be narration. Introductions should be memorized or delivered extemporaneously. Time limit is eight minutes with a thirty-second grace period. If laughter delays the speaker, the timekeeper shall make allowance by stopping the watch at the beginning and starting it at the end of each interruption.

 

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING (Sen, Nov): Contestants will draw a topic slip containing three topics (one word, one philosophical phrase, one policy topic) and have 30 seconds to prepare before speaking. Total speaking time (NOT including the 30 seconds of preparation) is 5 minutes with a 30 second grace period. Notes, materials, or previously prepared speech outlines cannot be used while the contestant speaks. Contestants are not allowed to hear the other speakers before them, but after a contestant has spoken s/he may remain in the room to hear the speakers who follow. 

 

ORATORY:  An original speech focusing on a significant subject. Students may discuss a problem of social, economic, moral, or political importance, or they may praise (eulogize) a person or idea, inveigh against an immoral practice, law, group, or person. No more than one hundred and fifty words should be quoted material. Verbatim memorization is optional, but no notes or promptings are allowed. Time limit is ten minutes with a 30 second grace period. If laughter delays the speaker, the timekeeper shall make allowance by stopping the watch at the beginning and starting it at the end of each interruption. A copy of the speech, including the bibliography, must be available if requested by the tournament director.

 

DUO INTERPRETATION: Two contestants performing a ten-minute selection from published, printed novels, short stories, plays or narrative poetry. Materials may be humorous and/or serious. The material shall be memorized and should include an appropriate introduction. Time limit is ten minutes with no grace period. If laughter delays the speakers, the timekeeper shall make allowance by stopping the watch at the beginning and starting it at the end of each interruption.

 

MEMORIZED HUMOROUS:  A humorous interpretation of a selection from published, printed novels, short stories, plays, or poetry. The script should be memorized, and a memorized introduction should be included. Physical objects, props or costumes are not allowed. Time limit is ten minutes with a 30 second grace period. If laughter delays the speaker, the timekeeper shall make allowance by stopping the watch at the beginning and starting it at the end of each interruption.

 

PROGRAMMED ORAL INTERP: Each student delivers a program of thematically-linked selections of literary merit, chosen from two or more genres of literature and writing (most common will be readings from Prose, Poetry, and Drama). A substantial portion of the total time must be devoted to each of genres used in the program. The maximum time limit is 10 minutes, including an original introduction and/or transitions. There is a 30-second grace period, after which the student must be dropped in rank/rating.

 

TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION/NOTES

 

Individual events will be prematched using a computer program. Drops will be processed as received by the tournament staff. Participants for final rounds in individual events will be determined on the basis of: (1) cumulative rankings, (2) reciprocal fractions (3) judges’ preference if head-to-head in prelims (4) adjusted cumulative rankings after dropping high rank. Places will be determined on the basis of: (1) final round rankings; (2) judges’ preference in the final round; (3) reciprocal fractions (4) total rankings.

 

The first two rounds of debate will be prematched, so please report drops promptly. Procedures for power matching in debate will be determined by the tab room staff before the start of the tournament. Participants for elimination rounds in debate will be determined on the basis of: (1) win-loss record; (2) opposition wins; (3) cumulative speaker ratings; (4) quality of competition (win-loss record of opposing teams); (5) adjusted cumulative speaker ratings after dropping highs and lows.

 

Sweepstakes points will be calculated according to the following formula:

 

Parli, Lincoln Douglas, and Public Forum 15 points 1st 12 points 2nd 9 points Semi-finalist                  

 

Individual Events

12 points 1st

10 points 2nd

8 points 3rd

6 points 4th

4 points 5th

2 points 6th

 

AWARDS

 

Do to the financial and environmental costs associated with mailing physical trophies all awards will be digital certificates and will be presented to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in individual events. Speaker awards will be presented to the top three debaters in each division. Debate teams qualifying for elimination rounds will receive appropriate recognition. Sweepstakes awards will be given to the top three schools.

 

JUDGING: EACH SCHOOL MUST PROVIDE AT LEAST ONE QUALIFIED JUDGE IN ORDER TO COMPETE IN THIS TOURNAMENT. One full-time judge covers two debate teams or two LD entries and ten individual event slots. A duo interpretation entry is the equivalent of one slot. All judges must have a tabroom.com account, as we are using electron-ic ballots. All judges (including coaches) are expected to be available through final rounds. We consistently have problems making sure that judges fulfill their obligation, please educate your judges to be available for all of the days and times that they are obligated.

 

FEES

 

We are aware of the funding difficulties many of you are facing. The following fee schedule reflects an attempt to make the tournament as cost effective as possible and reflects the costs of using tabulations software and of hiring judges. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns and we may be able to make adjustments. Finalized invoices will be e-mailed out to the schools the Monday following the tournament to allow for accurate assessment of uncovered judging fees.

 

Registration Fees

 

School Fee:                                              $20.00

 

Debate Fee:                                             $15.00 per team/$10.00 per Lincoln-Douglas

 

Individual Events:                                    $6.00 per slot

 

Uncovered Debate:                                  $75.00 per team or LD debater

 

Uncovered Individual Events:                   $20.00 per slot

 

We have found it very difficult and very expensive to hire judges, and our costs had to reflect these complications. We have also found it very difficult to get payment from all schools: if full payment is not received within 30 days of receiving your invoices, an additional late fee of $30.00 will be assessed. We are also able to take payment by credit card this year, although there is a 3.5% credit card fee.

 

SINGLETARY HIGH SCHOOL FORENSICS TOURNAMENT 2022:

 

The schedule is a best estimate, times may be adjusted.

 

All participants (students AND judges) will need yaatly.com accounts to access the tournament. All judges must also have a tabroom.com account, as we are using electronic ballots. Judges and competitors are encouraged to check-out the event site Friday evening.

 

SATURDAY, February 5: All Times are PST

 

8:00 am Check-in on Yaatly (Report drops to the “Help Desk” on Yaatly; Judges go to “Judges Lounge” to Check-in)

 

8:10 am              Optional Judge Training (go to “Judge Training Room” on Yaatly—

 

after round one, go to Judges Lounge or Help Desk)                      

 

8:30 am              General Announcements (Yaatly Auditorium)

8:45 am              Extemp Draw (Yaatly Auditorium)

9:00 am              Pattern 1A, Round 1 (Extemp starts at 9:15)

10:45 am            Pattern B, Round 1

12:00 pm           Extemp Draw

12:15 pm           Pattern A, Round 2 (Extemp starts at 12:30)

1:45 pm              Pattern B, Round 2

3:30 pm              Extemp Draw Finals

4:00 pm              All Finals (ALL JUDGES NEEDED)

5:30 pm              Awards Ceremony

 

SUNDAY, February 6

 

8:30 am              Check-in on Yaatly (Report drops to the “Help Desk” on Yaatly; Judges go to “Judges Lounge” to Check-in)

8:40 am              Optional Judge Training (go to “Judge Training Room” on Yaatly—

after round one, go to Judges Lounge or Help Desk for questions)        

9:00 am              General Announcements (Yaatly Auditorium)

9:15 am              Debate Round 1

10:45 am            Debate Round 2

12:30 pm            Debate Round 3

2:00 pm              Debate Round 4

3:30 pm              Debate Elims 1

4:45 pm              Debate Elims 2 (if needed)

6:00 pm              Awards Ceremony (may be moved earlier)

 

PATTERN A: Senior Extemp, Novice Extemp, Poetry, Novice Poetry, ADS, Inform,

 

Serious Interp, Senior Radio, Novice Radio, LIELL

 

PATTERN B: Senior Prose, Novice Prose, Senior Impromptu, Novice Impromptu, Oratory, Dual Interp, Humorous Interp, POI

 

DEBATE: Senior Parli, Novice Parli, Senior Lincoln-Douglas, Novice Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum