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
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
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.
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.
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.