Washburn Rural Forensics Tournament

2019 — Topeka/Washburn Rural HS,, KS/US



STUDENT PARTICIPATION: Students may enter three (3) events, with the following caveat(s): Do NOT enter the same student in the two extemp events. You may enter the same student in one extemp event AND impromptu. Additionally, a student may not enter both Informative events or the same event in both JV and Varsity.

EXTEMP TOPICS: Topics will be written from current magazines and online new sources dated from December 1, 2019 to the present. This may include: Time, Newsweek, The Economist, and The New Republic.

INTERNET USAGE: We will NOT use the KSHSAA rule governing the use of the internet in the debate events or extemporaneous, we will be using the NSDA internet pilot rules.

IMPROMPTU TOPICS: Topics will be drawn from the following categories: Rounds 1-3, will feature “People in the News”, “Pop Culture”, “Political Cartoons”. In the final round, contestants will draw one of three fortune cookies. Choose one, open it, and therein you will find your topic.

TIME LIMITS: Judges will be informed of time limits for individual events as posted below. There may or may not be a timekeeper for all rounds. If there are no timekeepers, judges will be the final arbiters of time infractions. JV Division will follow the same time limits.

AWARDS: Awards will be presented to the top six finalists in each event.

Sweepstakes awards will be presented to the top two schools. In the Varsity Division, sweepstakes points will be awarded to the the Top 20 entries as selected by the school. In the JV Division, sweepstakes points will be awarded to the schools top eight entries.

A single student may ONLY be counted twice towards Sweeps, even if he/she is entered in three events.

JUDGING: There should be plenty of judges and your students need to know that there may be panels in some rounds. However, if something happens and we end up with a judge shortage, you may be called upon to judge a couple of rounds.

FEES: $5.00/person/event. Schools will be required to pay for all entries including “extras” requested after registration is completed. This includes “extras” given on the day of the tournament.

REFUNDS: Refunds will NOT be given for cancellations after 5:00 pm, Wednesday, February 6th.

PERFORMANCE ORDER EXPECTATIONS: Any student who does not perform within the time limits of the round as posted will not be allowed to perform or will receive the last rank in the round. This is as the discretion of the tournament director.

EVENT / MAXIMUM TIME (+ 30 seconds "grace")

Original Oratory (10)

Informative 10 (10)  [May use visual aids]

Informative 7 (7)

Extemp (7) [Draw: 30 minute prep]

Impromptu (5) [Draw: 5 minute prep]

Dramatic and Humorous Interp (10)

Duo Interp (10)

Program of Oral Interpretation (10)

Prose and Poetry Interp (7)

IMPORTANT NOTE: 5A - 6A schools will be able to state qualify in Info 10, all other schools will be able to qualify in Info 7. A 5A-6A entry can participate in Info 7, but will NOT be able to State Qualify.

THOSE CONTESTANTS ENTERING EXTEMP: All extempers will be expected to perform in the order as posted. They should then arrange to participate in additional event(s) either before their scheduled “draw” time, or after their scheduled speaking time.

CONFLICTS: The WRHS forensics coaches reserve the right to resolve any problems and/or conflicts by whatever means they deep appropriate.

FINALS: Final results will be CUMULATIVE.

Additionally, there will be a 3-minute rapid-fire cross-examination period during finals of Extemporaneous Speaking. Speaker #6 will cross-examine speaker #1, speaker #1 will cross examination speaker #2, etc.

Contestants will be assigned an order to perform. Be aware it may not be in the order of preliminary round placement. (If required, every effort will be made to avoid a speaker cross-examining another speaker from his/her school.)

TAB IS CLOSED: Ballots will be made available ASAP in a classroom very near TAB.

Coaches will be given results access to their own squad’s results via Tabroom.com

Results will NOT be open to the public until after the Final Results Assembly.


The LD Topic that will be debated is the NSDA topic announced for January/February 2019:

Resolved: The United States ought not provide military aid to authoritarian regimes.

The PFD Topic that will be debated is the NSDA topic announced for February 2019:

Resolved: The United States should end its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.