Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association
Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association


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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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. Please RSVP to the clinic host at least 48 hours in advance to help the host plan for the session.

Coaching Clinics remaining for 2017-18:

February 27 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Jake's Cafe, 529 Ontario Ave, Sheboygan . RSVP to Malyssa Gabrielson  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 13 (Tuesday) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Online Meeting. RSVP to Malyssa Gabrielson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

*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 Practices and Procedures / Entries)  Note: Coaching clinics are another name for Regional WFCA Training Session.

Invitational Tournaments

The invitational tournaments of the 2018 season will soon be underway. For a list of tournaments see the Competition tab at the top and then either Calendar (all scheduled events) or Tournament Invites (invitations received so far). Send tournament invitations to be posted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   After the tournament, tournament hosts can also send results to be posted on the calendar & invitation pages (especially supplemental files not found in the online registration sites).

All local tournaments are open to all schools (not just WFCA members) and are run independently by each school and therefore may have differences in format and rules which will be listed in the invitation.

The updated rules are available in the 2017-18 WFCA Handbook.

The season will conclude with the 2018 WFCA State Tournament at UW-Whitewater April 6 (Student Congress) and April 7 (all other events).

Upcoming events and tournaments (next three weekends):

January 27:
Appleton East Tournament  [Invite] [Speechwire]
DeForest Tournament
Marquette University High School Tournament [Invite] [Tabroom]

February 2 (Friday):
Marquette University High School Congress at Milwaukee City Hall

February 3:
Slinger Tournament  [Invite] [Tabroom]
Sun Prairie Tournament
Winneconne Tournament

February 9 (Friday):
West Bend East Congress  [Invite] [Tabroom]

February 10:
Eau Claire North
Hortonville Tournament  [Invite] [Speechwire]
West Bend East Tournament  [Invite] [Tabroom]

February 15:
Deadline for Scholarship Applications and Nominations for Coaching Awards


January 13: Port Washington

January 20: Oshkosh North, Watertown

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

WFCA Handbook

The Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association Handbook has been updated for 2017-18. 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 spring and fall meetings:

Moments in History
Each student has the choice of 1801-1840 and / or 1930-1939

Special Occasion
1.    A resignation speech
2.    A hall of fame induction speech
3.    A pep talk from a coach
4.    A tribute to the life of an ancestor

1.    A story about outer space
2.    A story from an indigenous culture
3.    A story about something that is lost and/or found
4.    A nautical story

Farrago, Group Interpretive Reading, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Interpretation of Poetry, and Interpretation of Prose no longer have statements that declare it "an interpretive category, not an acting category." in the Definition of the Category.

Group Interpretive Reading has two rules deleted: "The use of a reading stand is permitted but not required." and "The presentation must begin from center stage.".

Impromptu Speaking is now a standard category. Previously, it was available at some invitationals and was used as a consolation event at the State Tournament.

Informative Speaking has a modified Criteria 1 which now reads: "The extent to which the student justifies the worthiness of the topic and ideas of the speech." Previously, it was "The extent to which the topic and ideas of the speech were worthy of being heard."

Informative Speaking, Solo Acting Humorous, and Solo Acting Serious have a modified "Purpose of the Category" which starts with "To develop skill(s)..." so that all category purposes have parallel statements.

Radio Announcing has a new Rule 6: "Speaker must present the radio broadcast in one professional/newsreader voice. Multiple voices are not permitted apart from the commercial."

Other changes

The State Tournament fees now include a $15 charge for changes occurring after the posted tournament close time.

The Deviations from WHSFA Rules page was edited to reflect recent rule changes and correct some inconsistencies. Several entries in the list have been deleted because they no longer represent a deviation.

 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 Tournament. 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 April 6 for Student Congress and Saturday April 7 for all other events.