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 ...

See the video of coaches reflecting on the impact of forensics and scenes from the 2010 State Tournament.

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WFCA 2014-15 Handbook

The WFCA Handbook contains bylaws, history, category rules, ballots, scholarship information, coaching awards, student congress guides, and tournament documents.

WFCA Handbook 2014-15.pdf

WFCA Category Rules 2014-15.pdf

  • The Category Rules document has the same rule sheets that are found in the main handbook. They have been copied into this separate document to make it easy to share the rules with students and judges.

WFCA Judges' Handbook.pdf

The 2014-15 handbook has been updated from last year's edition to include these changes that were implemented at the spring & fall meeting:

2015 Topics

Moments in History – This season's time period is 1700-1750.

Special Occasion Speaking –This season's occasions are:

A. A Speech in Honor of a Retiree
B. A Speech of Protest
C. A Public Apology
D. A Speech to Foreign Visitors

Storytelling – This season's topics are:

A. A Story About a Party or Celebration
B. A Story of Justice or Injustice
C. A Story from or about Wisconsin
D. A Story of an Urban Legend

Changes affecting multiple categories:

Duo Interpretation, Farrago, Group Interpretive Reading, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Play Acting, Poetry, Prose, Solo Acting (Humorous and Serious): clarification of published material – "Published material is considered any material publically or commercially available in print, online, audio, or video form."

Farrago, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Poetry, Prose: instead of prohibiting walking, the rule now reads that "Platform movement should be minimal and non-intrusive to the performance"

Duo Interpretation, Farrago, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Play Acting, Solo Acting Humorous, and Solo Acting Serious: the sentence concerning adaptations is changed to the following: "Adaptations, if any, should be minimal, and may be made for the following purposes only: (1) to establish continuity; (2) for gender changes including things such as pronoun changes; or (3) to avoid potentially offensive language. Lines attributed to one character in the literary script may not be attributed to another character during the performance."

Other changes from the Spring & Fall meetings

William Hintz Memorial Award for Coaching Excellence name has been reinstated for the former Founders' Award

Membership late fee eliminated

Smaller changes or language cleanup in the bylaws: Correct/clarify the policy of eliminating entries with highest number of points; Eliminate specific penalties for team cancellations; Replace "tournament manager" with "tournament director"; Clarify that the Hall of Fame Award may be given to a current coach

New WFCA logo! The logo was adopted at the fall meeting.

 
WFCA Fall 2014 Meeting and Coaching Clinic

The WFCA Fall Meeting was held Saturday 9/13/14 at Muskego High School. The day will began with a Coaching Clinic at 10:00am, and the Fall meeting was in the afternoon.

The 2014-15 calendar was presented and passed.

Proposals to amend the Operating Bylaws:

The Category Committee's proposal to change Four Minute Speaking to Expository Speaking involves replacing "Four Minute Speaking" with "Expository Speaking" and changing associated references to time limits from 4 minutes to 5 minutes. This proposal was tabled.

Past-President Kirt Graves has submitted five proposals to bring the WFCA Operating Bylaws into compliance with current common practices, or simply to bring awareness to policies forgotten or ignored.
I. Eliminate the late fee for schools who register after December 1  PASSED
II. Correct/clarify the policy of eliminating entries with highest number of points  PASSED
III. Eliminate specific penalties for team cancellations  PASSED
IV. Replace "tournament manager" with "tournament director"  PASSED
V. Clarify that the Hall of Fame Award may be given to a current coach  PASSED

Other Proposals:

From the Category Committee: see separate article.

From Jon Balcerak:
In the category rules for Duo Interpretation, Farrago, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Play Acting, Solo Acting Humorous, and Solo Acting Serious, the sentence concerning adaptations should be changed to the following:

"Adaptations, if any, should be minimal, and may be made for the following purposes only: (1) to establish continuity; (2) to establish contextual clarity, such as the substitution of gender pronouns; or (3) to avoid potentially offensive language. Lines attributed to one character in the literary script may not be attributed to another character during the performance." PASSED with a slight change of wording to (2): for gender changes including things such as pronoun changes

 
Upcoming Coaching Clinics

Below is a list of upcoming WFCA Coaching Clinics for the 2014-2015 season. Teams that send a representative to a Coaching Clinic will be invited to the WFCA State Tournament in April.

  • Saturday, December 6, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (in conjunction with the debate tournament), at Appleton East High School, 2121 Emmers Dr., Appleton WI 54915. Host: Kirt Graves, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Tuesday, December 9, 4:30 - 6:30 PM, at Reagan High School, 4965 S 20th St, Milwaukee, WI 53221. Host: Carrie Baker, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More clinic dates may be determinied.