State Tournament & Congress at UW-Whitewater

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2018 State Tournament at UW-Whitewater: April 6 Congress, April 7 all other events


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The WFCA invites all member schools to participate in the annual State Tournament to be held Saturday, April 1, 2017. Additionally, the State Student Congress will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017. The location for 2017 will be UW-Whitewater.

On Saturday, students compete in three preliminary rounds, and the best-ranking students in each category continue on to the semi-final and final rounds. An awards ceremony recognizes the scholarship winners, winners of coaching awards, the semi-finalists and finalists in each category, and the top-ranked teams.


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Important details will be added in the weeks leading up to the tournament, so please check this page closer to the tournament dates and prior to your departure for Whitewater.

March 19: If you did not receive an invitation via Speechwire or if WFCA State Tournament 2017 does not allow you to register in Speechwire, you have either not completed the required coaching clinic or paid your WFCA dues for this season. Please contact Elliott Fischer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to find out what your school is missing.

March 22: Lunch orders are now available in Speechwire. Deadline for food is Monday, March 27 4:00 PM.

March 24: Student Congress legislation posted.

March 26: Judge Information Sheet, Student Information Sheet, Extemp & Radio Procedures, Impromptu Speaking Procedures, Sample Radio Packet from 2016.

March 30: Student Congress will be in Hyland Hall, same building as last year. Registration is in Hyland 2306. Parking information is below. Full details including food options are on the Tabroom page.

Email to coaches, March 26:

Thanks for registering and staying up to date with your entries for the WFCA State Tournament this coming Saturday, April 1st. We currently have 71 schools registered with 899 entries!

Here is some important information for Saturday's tournament.

Continue to update your entries in SpeechWire. We will leave this open for additions/changes/drops until Thursday afternoon at 3:00pm.

-Make sure to add all available judges to your Speechwire registration. There is a separate tab to enter judges.
-When entering judges, please list your strongest judges first. In addition, if your judges have strengths in certain areas (speech, interp, etc.) please let us know via email. We will try to accommodate these wishes.
-Let us know if any of your judges have potential conflicts with any other schools or students.
-Let us know if any of your students or judges have mobility issues. Judges will be expected to walk between buildings.
-The tournament may need to hire additional judges. If you have any recommendations of high-quality judges that may be available, please email names and contact information to us as soon as possible.

**Deadline Monday**
Food options are limited at UW-W. We HIGHLY recommend purchasing lunches for your students and judges. Box lunches or lunch buffet (for judges) cannot be purchased the day of the tournament. These are by advance purchase only and are made through Speechwire. The deadline for food purchases is 4:00 pm, Monday, March 27.

Impromptu is back as a consolation event! More information is available on Speechwire under "Files for Download."

Sample radio packets and radio and extemporaneous draw procedures are available under "Files for Download" on the SpeechWire tournament page.

Email to coaches, March 29:

Happy Wednesday! We are only a few days away from the 2017 WFCA State Tournament! As of right now, this is the largest state tournament we've had in several years! We have a lot of information in this email, so hang in there!

Thanks for staying up to date with your entries and judges in SpeechWire!

3:00 pm, Thursday, March 30-SpeechWire is closed to changes. At this point, your entries and judges are locked in.
From 3:00 pm on Thursday until 10:00 pm, Friday, March 31-If you have drops you can email them to Elliott at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
After 10:00 pm, Friday, Saturday Check-in rules apply

All teams must text Elliott and John by 7:15 am on Saturday morning.
We need to know of your drops or if everyone is present!!! A sample text might be like this:

Wisconsin HS DROP prose ZZ99-Sally DROP Inform ZZ2-Jim
Wisconsin High School all present

John: 608-347-9553
Elliott: 608-609-0290

TEXT US BOTH NO MATTER WHAT BY 7:15 AM!! If you do not receive a reply within 20 minutes, please text us again!

Codes have been assigned in SpeechWire. To print a nice list of your entries, click on "WFCA State Tournament 2017" once you've logged in to your account. From the left hand menu, click on "View your entries." Then, click on "Print entries by event" on the top of the page. A new browser window will pop up and print this page. Your students should know their codes before you arrive at UW-Whitewater on Saturday, but a sheet with their code will be available at registration.

Teams will drop off students in parking lot 14 on the UW-W campus. Buses should approach the lot by travelling eastbound on Starin Road. If using GPS, use 710 W. Starin Road as the address. Buses will exit on Prairie Street. Bus parking is available in Lot 2 next to the Irving Young Auditorium (location of awards). Cars can park in Lot 2 or in Lots 7 or 12. There is a map available for your bus driver on Speechwire under "Files for Download." A full campus map can be found here:

Here are some important locations:
Registration: University Center Concourse (first floor)
Radio Draw: Hyland 2203
Extemp Draw: Hyland 2101
Judges/Bus driver Lounge: Hamilton Room, University Center
Competition Buildings:
Hyland Hall
Winther Hall
Heide Hall
McGraw Hall
Hyer Hall
Upham Hall
University Center

Please have your judges ready for Saturday. Here are some reminders for them:
-Preliminary rounds are taking place in several building on the UW-Whitewater campus. Judges should be prepared to walk between multiple building. We will try to cluster prelim rounds to minimize walking as much as possible.
-All judges are expected to be available for all five rounds of competition.
- Judges are expected to write critique sheets for all rounds of competition including Semi-finals and Finals. The "key factor in rank" is critical on every ballot.
-Judges will receive their schedules, critique sheets, and ballots during the Mandatory Judges Meeting at 8:00 am in the Hamilton Room in the University Center. All judges must be present for this meeting.
-A judge information sheet is available on Speechwire under "Files for Download".

Please have your students ready for Saturday. Here are some reminders for them:.
-Students should be prepared to take their belongings with them all day.
-Lunch will be available for pick up in the Concourse area of the University Center.
-Students wishing to write down their schedule on Saturday will need to bring something to write with.
-A student information sheet is also available on Speechwire under "Files for Download."

Schedules for students will be available two different ways:
Schedules will also be posted on the Speechwire website. From the Speechwire main page, find the section for WFCA State Tournament 2017 and click on "Schematics" then select your event.
Schedules will be posted on the first floor of the University Center.

Below is a link to the division breakdown for this year. As a reminder, schools in Division 2 and 3 are allowed to compete in Division 1 if they notify the tournament directors prior to the start of the tournament. Please notify me by Thursday at 5:00 pm if you wish to compete in Division 1. Note: The state tournament is run as one tournament, but team awards are presented to the top six schools in each division.

Look for another email on Friday morning with any last minute information.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Elliott & John


Team eligibility and limits: All member schools who have had a representative attend one WFCA coaching clinic during the school year are eligible to register a team of up to 25 entries, with a limit of 4 entries per category. Additionally, schools can enter the Student Congress event on Friday with a limit of 16 entires; these entries are separate and do not count against the 25 allowed in forensics events nor do they count toward team sweepstakes points. There are no qualifying tournaments leading to the State Tournament; all member schools may participate.

Affiliate Membership entries: If no forensic team exists at a student's school, s/he may apply for an affiliate membership. An affiliate member will be eligible to participate at the WFCA State Tournament as an independent participant.

Student entry limitations: A student may not be entered in more that one event on Saturday, with the exception of the consolation category of Impromptu Speaking. Students may be entered in both the Student Congress event on Friday and a single forensics category (plus Impromptu) on Saturday.

Judges: Each school will need to provide one quality judge per five entries, or fraction thereof. (For example, 5 students = 1 judge, 6 students = 2 judges, etc.) The head coach is responsible for ensuring all judges hired by them know the WFCA category rules, judging etiquette, schedule for the day, and judging tournament attire. Judges must be available for all five rounds and must have a timing device and writing utensil. If you are unable to secure high quality judges for the tournament, you can hire one from the WFCA for $100.00. These judges will be trained, prepared and of the highest quality. If you wish to hire a judge, please contact a tournament director by Friday, March 25.

Conversely, if you know of high quality judges you will not be bringing to the State Tournament, please share those names and contact information with us. We may use them.



State Tournament Invitation and Registration


and then click on Registration to get logged in with your Speechwire account.


Speechwire will open for registration on Saturday, March 18 at noon. The registration deadline for all events except Student Congress is Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Although changes may be made in Speechwire until Thursday, March 30 at 3:00 PM, please be as accurate as possible with your entry by Friday, March 24 to give us time to secure materials, rooms, and judges for the tournament.


Beginning Friday, March 31, all changes / drops must be emailed to the tournament directors.


Please make sure the head coach information is up-to-date in Speechwire to ensure you receive important tournament information.



State Congress Invitation and Registration

The deadline for legislation submission is Wednesday, March 22, 5:00 PM.


The registration deadline for Student Congress is Monday, March 27. Chamber groupings are due Wednesday, March 29.



WFCA 2017 State Congress Legislation.pdf



Returning this year: Impromptu Speaking will return as a consolation event for students who did not advance to semi-finals. Registration will take place on the first floor of Heide Hall immediately after the posting of semi-finals, and it will be limited to 49 students chosen at random. Rules for Impromptu Speaking can be found in the WFCA Handbook or Category Rules document.


 2017 WFCA State Impromptu Speaking Procedures



2014 State Tournament Semi-Final Round Packet

2014 State Tournament Final Round Packet

2015 State Tournament Radio Packet Round 1

2015 State Tournament Radio Packet Final Round

2016 State Tournament Radio Packet Round 3



2017 Judge Information Sheet


WFCA Tournament Procedures and Conduct for Judges


2017 Student Information Sheet


2017 WFCA Extemp Radio Procedures







Tab room location after opening meeting: Hyland Hall


Before 10:00 AM Call in Drops to Tim Scheffler @ 608-628-3114
11:00 - 11:30 AM Student Congress Registration
at Hyland Hall Room 2306, 809 W. Starin Rd
11:35 AM Student Congress Opening Meeting
at Hyland Hall
11:45 - 12:00 PM Student Congress Set agenda and elect 1-A PO
12:00 - 1:00 PM Student Congress Segment 1-A
1:00 - 2:10 PM Student Congress Segment 1-B
2:20 - 3:30 PM Student Congress Segment 2-A
3:30 - 4:30 PM Student Congress Segment 2-B
4:30-4:40 PM Student Congress Voting for chamber Best PO
5:00 PM Student Congress Super Session Finalists Announced
5:40 - 5:45 PM Student Congress Set Super Session Agenda
5:45 - 8:00 PM Student Congress Super Session



SATURDAY, April 1, 2017


Prior to 7:15 AM Text to Confirm Entries / Drops (text even if you have no drops,
report "all present" so we know you're on your way)
Elliott: 608-609-0290
John: 608-347-9553
7:30 – 7:45 AM 

Registration in the University Center
All schools are expected to be at UWW by 7:45 am

8:15 AM Mandatory Judges' Meeting in Hamilton Room, University Center
8:30 AM Extemp / Radio Draw for Round 1
Extemporaneous Speaking in Hyland Hall 2101
Radio Announcing in Hyland Hall 2203
9:00 AM Round 1
10:15 AM Round 2
11:30 AM Round 3
–– The following times are tentative ––
1:15 PM
(earlier for
Extemp &
Posting of Semi-Final Rounds:
University Center Hamilton Room (for judges)
University Center Old Main Ballroom
University Center First Floor
1:20 PM Impromptu Speaking registration on the first floor of Heide Hall
1:30 PM Semi-Final Rounds
3:15 PM Posting of Final Rounds
3:30 PM Final Rounds
5:30 PM Awards Ceremony at Irvin Young Auditorium



UW-Whitewater maps




Here is a two-page map with instructions. Please print this for your driver:

 WFCA Bus Driver Information.pdf


Set your GPS for 710 W. Starin Rd. Whitewater. Enter Lot 14 off Starin Rd. Exit Lot 14 onto Prairie St.


During the day buses can be parked at any campus lot; there are no weekend parking restrictions. Please do not park in Lot 14 where students will be dropped off so this area remains as clear as possible for other drop-offs.


Buses should pick up their teams in the parking lot north of Young Auditorium / Greenhill Center of the Arts near the intersection of W. Florence Street and N Prince St.



You can park in any campus lot; there are no weekend parking restrictions. Please do not park in Lot 14 where students will be dropped off so this area remains as clear as possible for other drop-offs.

Student Congress Parking:
Teams should park in Lot 7 on Starin Road behind the Visitors Center (small building with a blue roof, directly across from Hyland Hall). Teams do not need to purchase any parking passes. By the time State Congress begins, parking enforcement will have ended for the weekend.



Registration: University Center

Extemporaneous Speaking Draw Room: 2101 Hyland Hall

Radio Announcing Draw Room: 2203 Hyland Hall

Judges' Lounge: Hamilton Room, University Center

Judges' meeting and schedule distribution: Hamilton Room, University Center

Tab room: University Center

Ballot drops after Rounds 1 & 2:  Hyland Hall Lobby, Winther Hall Lobby, University Center Concourse

Ballot drops after Rounds 3 and power rounds: University Center Concourse

Box lunch distribution: University Center Concourse


University Center Hamilton Room (for judges)
University Center Old Main Ballroom
University Center First Floor

Impromptu Speaking Registration: Heide Hall First Floor, immediately after semi-final postings

Awards Ceremony: Irvin Young Auditorium



The tournament has arranged two lunch options available for advanced purchase only:

Boxed Lunches will be available for purchase by competitors, coaches, judges, etc. in advance of the tournament. The cost is $7.00 each. A boxed lunch includes a sandwich (either Turkey, Roast Beef, or Veggie), chips, fruit, and a soda. Be sure to specify the quantity of each type of boxed lunch (Turkey, Roast Beef, or Veggie) on Speechwire, if any. On tournament day, boxed lunches will be distributed at the University Center.

Judges Lounge Buffet Tickets can be purchased for judges, coaches, bus drivers, etc. (no students) in advance of the tournament. The cost is $8.00. The buffet is a "Brat and Hotdog Tailgate", including Potato Chips and Baked Beans. A veggie option will be available. On tournament day, the buffet will be located outside the Judges Lounge.

Lunch orders must be received via Speechwire, by 4:00pm, Monday, March 27.  Unfortunately, changes or additions cannot be made to the lunch order after that date/time because the catering order is locked in with campus catering. At registration, your team's registration packet will include lunch tickets for their respective order, if any. Teams will receive a separate invoice for lunch and registration costs, since not all teams will want to submit lunch invoices for reimbursement.

Doing lunch on your own? You’re welcome to. If your team is bringing lunches, please eat lunches at the University Center. There are no off-campus dining options within walking distance. We strongly encourage teams to stay on campus during the day.

Due to University dining contracts, we cannot offer concessions at the tournament, therefore, lunches can only be ordered in advance. The University Center coffee shop and Uno due Go will be open, but anticipate lines!


Here are some other suggestions:

1. Brown Bag! Have your students bring their own lunch.
2. Place an order in advance for Jimmy Johns. They'll deliver too. Link is here:  They can delivery lots of individual sandwiches or platters.
3. The Sweet Spot in Whitewater makes some great boxed lunches. I would order asap if that's an option you'd like. Here's their link:



Celebrate your state experience with a t-shirt!

These will be available in the University Center Concourse!




Questions about the State Tournament can be directed to:

Elliott Fischer and John Peschl, State Tournament Directors, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tim Scheffler, State Congress Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Jim Disrude, Site Coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it