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 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

Storytelling
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. New:  Appleton added for Tuesday, January 9

 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.