Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association
Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association

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The WFCA's mission is "to instill and develop in students communication skills vital for a lifetime of effective participation in a democratic society." To that end, the WFCA promotes the interests of Wisconsin interscholastic forensics by assisting in the regulation and improvement of forensic practices and by serving as a forum for the airing of opinions concerning forensic activities. Member schools receive notices of invitational tournaments through an official mailing list. The season culminates with the State Tournament, open to every member school. Read more ...

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WFCA Fall Update: Handbook, Membership Reminder, and Coaching Clinics

WFCA Handbook

The Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association Handbook has been updated for 2016-17. It contains bylaws, history, competition rules, evaluation sheets, coaching awards, student congress guides, and tournament documents. It has been updated from last year's edition to include these changes that were implemented at the fall meeting:

Moments in History
Each student has the choice of 1750-1800 and / or 1990-1999

Special Occasion
1.    a speech to a veterans' organization
2.    a speech in response to a scandal
3.    a sales pitch to investors for a new product or invention
4.    a dedication for an art exhibit or public art installation

Storytelling
1.    a story from Scandinavia
2.    a story about food
3.    a story about overcoming obstacles
4.    a story about technology

 Also, the story topics will be randomly assigned:

The tournament will determine by random selection the round in which each of the four story topics will be presented. The story topics and round schedule will be announced to competitors and judges prior to the start of round one. Every contestant will perform the same story topic in a given round.

Previously, the judge would have discretion in assigning the stories. There is no longer a storytelling assignment card needed for the contestant. The rule for the final round of the WFCA State Tournament remains: Students will select the story of their choice (immediately prior to the start of the final round).

Informative Speaking replaces Four Minute Speaking with a time limit of 6 minutes.

Farrago, Group Interpretation, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Poetry, and Prose:

The manuscript and /or binder containing the manuscript may be used as a prop or in other creative
ways. Use of the manuscript is subject to critique.

Multiple sources may be combined and creatively woven together to create a cohesive thematic
performance. (does not apply to Prose)


Special Occasion Speaking:

The phrase ", and a speaker stand is permissible" has been eliminated from Rule 4.


Other changes

February 15 is the new deadline for Application / Nomination deadlines for scholarship applications and
nominations for coaching awards (previously March 1).

The bylaws were updated to clarify State Tournament format, semi-finalist selection, and a name change for references to NSDA (previously NFL). 

 Membership Reminder

Although there is no longer a cutoff date and late fee for membership dues, your membership form with payment is requested as soon as possible.

WFCA Coaching Clinics

If you did not attend the coaching clinic that was held in conjunction with the fall meeting, attendance at one during the year is required by a coach or other school-designated adult in order for your school to register for the  State Stournament. See the schedule of fall / winter coaching clinics for details.

 WFCA State Tournament

The WFCA State Tournament returns to UW-Whitewater this year. It will be on Friday March 31 for Student Congress and Saturday April 1 for all other events.

 
2016-17 Coaching Clinics

WFCA Coaching Clinics are an opportunity to meet with other Wisconsin coaches to learn about current WFCA issues. Also, coaching clinic attendance is a requirement* for a team's entry at the state tournament. The clinic schedule for 2016-17 is:

Coaching clinic schedule for 2016-17:

Saturday September 10, 9:00 - 11:30 in conjunction with the fall meeting in the afternoon. Muskego High School, W183 S8750 Racine Avenue, Muskego, WI 53150. Use the main entrance Door 1 along Racine Ave. Room 243.

Wednesday November 30 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM at DeForest High School, 815 Jefferson St, De Forest, WI 53532. Hosted by Tom August This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Saturday December 3 at Appleton East High School, 2121 E Emmers Dr, Appleton, WI 54915 (during the debate tournament). Hosted by Michael Traas This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday December 8, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Wauwatosa East High School, 7500 Milwaukee Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213. Hosted by Jon Balcerak This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Friday December 16, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM at Bradley Technology & Trade High School, 700 S 4th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204. Hosted by Ernest Chomicki This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Saturday February 4 at a convenient time during the UW-Eau Claire high school tournament. Hosted by Scott Peterson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

*At least one coach (or school-designated adult) from each school must be certified by the WFCA by attending at least one regional WFCA Training Session. A team without a certified coach will not be allowed to enter students in the State Tournament. --Operating Bylaws, IV.C.1 (State Tournament Pracitices and Procedures / Entries)  Note: Coaching clinics are another name for Regional WFCA Training Session.

 
WFCA Fall 2016 Meeting

The 2016 WFCA Fall Meeting was held September 10 at Muskego High School. The following items were approved:

Category topics. The annual topics for Moments in History, Special Occasion, and Storytelling were approved as proposed.

Moments in History
Each student has the choice of 1750-1800 and / or 1990-1999

Special Occasion
a speech to a veterans' organization
a speech in response to a scandal
a sales pitch to investors for a new product or invention
a dedication for an art exhibit or public art installation

Storytelling
a story from Scandinavia
a story about food
a story about overcoming obstacles
a story about technology

Manuscripts / binders may be used as a prop. A new rule for all manuscript/binder interp categories:

In all manuscript/binder interp categories, the phrase "Costumes, props, music or other audio-visual supports may not be used, with the exception of the manuscript. The manuscript and /or binder containing the manuscript may be used as a prop or in other creative ways. Use of the manuscript is subject to critique.

Informative Speaking, with a time limit of six minutes, replaces Four Minute Speaking

The original proposal, which allowed visual aids in the category, was amended so that visual aids are not allowed.

Storytelling

The order of the stories will be determined according to this new rule which replaces the former procedure where the adjudicator had chosen the stories:

Rule 2 now reads: "The tournament will determine by random selection the round in which each of the four story topics will be presented. The story topics and round schedule will be announced to competitors and judges prior to the start of round one. Every contestant will perform the same story topic in a given round."

The wording on the final round at state remains the same and is the student's choice.

Special Occasion - speaker stand

The phrase ", and a speaker stand is permissible" has been removed from the Special Occasion rules.

Interwoven sources

The following rule will be added to Farrago, Group Interpretation, Oral Interpretation of Literature, and Poetry: "Multiple sources may be combined and creatively woven together to create a cohesive thematic performance."

Other proposals presented and passed:

State Tournament format and semi-finalist selection clarification

NSDA (National Speech & Debate Association) is the new (since 2013) name for NFL / National Forensic League, and the bylaws and handbook will be updated with the change.

Scholarship applications and coaching award nominations will be due February 15 (previously March 1).

State tournament schedules as of the Friday before the tournament will be provided to the Tournament Practices and Procedures committee and to coaches upon request.

Other proposal discussed at the meeting:

A proposal that all manuscript categories would require that the manuscript held by the competitor must be printed on paper failed to pass.

A proposal for standardized section sizes at the state tournament was tabled.