6th Annual MSU Spartanvitational

2023 — East Lansing, MI/US

Hello coaches and students!

After the tragedy that occurred on our campus on February 13th, Spartan Speech is excited to announce that we will be hosting “The 6th Annual Spartanvitational” Individual Events Tournament for high school and middle school students in East Lansing, on Saturday, April 8, 2023.

Please see the tabs on the right for more detailed information.

Registration: The deadline for registration is 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Entry Fees: These fees primarily cover the cost of tournament administrative expenses and awards.

School Fee $10

Individual Entries $ 8 each

Duo Entries $15 each

Multiple Entries $20 each

Entry fees can be paid online via Venmo: @ Laya-Silverman . When sending funds via Venmo, please list the name of your school in the “What’s it for?” section.

Checks should be made payable to Spartan Speech and can be mailed to 159 Durand St, East Lansing, MI 48823 or brought to the tournament!

Middle School Students / Double Entry: Middle School students are permitted to compete. There are no middle school-specific events. Therefore, middle schoolers will be competing against high schoolers, but judges should be aware that middle school students should be judged using middle-level time. Due to technical concerns, double entries will not be offered at the Spartanvitational.

Drops/Adds/Changes: Contestant drops/adds/changes prior to the registration deadline can be made on tabroom.com without financial penalty. After April 4th at 8 PM, ALL CHANGES must be emailed to Emma Bevier. ( bevierem@msu.edu ) After the deadline, the school is still responsible for payment of initial registration fees, provision of required judges (or equivalent fee), and contestant drop/change fees as follows:

> prior to the tournament will incur a $10.00 fee per drop/add/change

> day of the tournament will incur a $20.00 fee per drop/add/change

Schedule: Please see the "Schedule of Events" tab for our tentative schedule. Limited Prep students must be in their respective prep rooms (Wells B110F, B110G, B110H) at 7:45 am. The General Meeting will be prerecorded and available to students the week of the tournament.

Judges: Schools must provide 1 judge per 5 entries OR hire judges to cover their obligations. Duos & Multiples count as 2 entries. All judges must meet the criteria to be a volunteer at your school. If you are unable to provide the required number of judges for your school, judges may be hired through Spartan Speech at $100 per judge.

Parking: Please see the "Maps" tab for more information. Please note: if your school is planning to travel by bus, please let Laya know so arrangements can be made.

Food: NEW THIS YEAR! This year, coaches can pre-order lunch tickets for students ($10 per student) to use at any MSU dining hall. The deadline for pre-ordering these tickets is Sunday, April 2nd at 8 PM. We understand this is before the registration deadline, so we’re hoping coaches will have an idea of how many students will be able to attend. Students can pay at dining halls themselves the day of the tournament, but to reduce the stress of MSU’s dining hall staff, we would appreciate coaches to utilize the pre-order option for as many students as they can. Coaches can pre-order these lunch tickets during the Tabroom registration process. Two dining halls we recommend students utilize are Shaw Hall, Case Hall and Snyder/Phillips Hall. Please see the "Maps" tab for more information.

Limited Prep:

Impromptu quotes during one prelim round will only have been spoken or written by MSU alumni, professors, and associates, Impromptu resolutions will be related to issues revolving around American universities and MSU, and Impromptu cartoons will be based around current news and controversy around MSU.

There will be one prelim round of Extemp / Duo Commentary with critical questions pertaining to Michigan State. It is in your student’s best interest to have a basic idea of MSU-related topics.

With the new broadcasting rules, students should prep their broadcast prior to the tournament. Students will have 15 minutes to prep their editorial for each round. Broadcasters can anticipate one MSU-related editorial during prelims.

Individual Affiliate Program: Michigan State’s Spartan Speech is proud to have created the Individual Affiliate Program. This means that high school, middle school, and elementary-aged students can compete for free if they do not have a forensics program at their school. Students who currently are in a MIFA-sponsored program can coach their cousin, brother, sister, nephew, or friend from a different school. Under this initiative, any student without a program can compete at the Spartan Speech tournament free of charge. Those students should contact Laya for more information.

Hannah Stoloff Legacy Award: At the moment, our team is unsure if we are going to reopen the Hannah Stoloff Legacy Award voting, as we may have new schools registered who may not have had the opportunity to nominate their students. We will keep you updated.