Here are a few announcements and reminders as we prepare for the upcoming forensics season.
WFCA Handbook (pending final update)
The Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association Handbook has been updated for 2015-16. 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
1940-1949 or 1450-1650 (individual student's choice)
1. a speech at a charity event
2. a speech to the United Nations
3. a speech at a self-help seminar
4. a political victory or concession speech
1. a Latin American story
2. a story about a holiday
3. a story about a quest
4. a story about a force of nature
Rule 2 was amended to clarify the flexibility that students have in how to structure a farrago performance in terms of source citation and whether or not to use transitional introductions.
Bylaw change V.C.1 Change apportionment from "16-30" to "13-25"
Bylaw change V.C.2 Change judge fee from $100 to $150. Add to end: "A refusal to accept an assignment to score the final session will result in that school incurring a full hired judge fee."
Student Congress Rules 2, 7, and 8 have been updated.
Moments in History Clarification
This is from Carrie Baker, chair of the Tournament Practices & Procedures Committee:
As we quickly approach the 2016 Forensics Season, we wanted to clarify a change in the category of Moments in History. Students may choose 1 of the moments listed on which to focus their speech. Moments from each period MAY NOT be blended together to form one speech. This question was brought to the TPP Committee and consensus was that the current wording of the category says one OR the other.
If you have any questions about this, please email Carrie Baker
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
Dates for the fall / winter coaching clinics:
Tuesday December 1, 4:30 PM - 7:30PM at Reagan High School, 4965 S 20th St, Milwaukee, WI 53221. Hosted by Carrie Baker
Saturday December 5 10:00 AM - 12:30PM (during the debate tournament) at Appleton East High School, 2121 E. Emmers Drive, Appleton, WI 54915. Hosted by Ben Kroll
Wednesday January 13, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at DeForest High School, 815 Jefferson St, DeForest, WI 53532. Hosted by Tom August
Tuesday February 2 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at UW-Oshkosh. Hosted by Elliott Fischer
Saturday February 6 at a convenient time during the UW-Eau Claire high school tournament. Hosted by Scott Peterson
WFCA State Tournament
The WFCA State Tournament has a new location this year. It will be at UW-Whitewater on Friday April 1 for Student Congress and Saturday April 2 for all other events.