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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2017 Spring Meeting

See below for an update from Ben Kroll (May 1)

The WFCA will hold its spring meeting on Saturday May 6th in Sheboygan at the Blue Harbor Resort.  You are also invited to also join the exec board the night before for some social events with your fellow coaches.

New business items may be submitted to Ben Kroll, WFCA President-Elect, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Proposals that involve changes to the constitutional or operating bylaws must have been submitted by April 14.

WFCA Spring 2017 Meeting

Blue Harbor Resort
725 Blue Harbor Dr
Sheboygan, WI 53081

*Blocked rooms can be booked for Friday night for $109 by calling 1-866-701-2583 and using the group code 7AU564 or by visiting www.blueharborresort.com, selecting "book now," and entering 7AU564 in the group code box.

Friday, May 5th

Executive Board Meeting: 5:00-7:00 PM

AFTERGLOW Celebration: from 7:30 until ??? – Join us to celebrate the 2017 season.  We're looking forward to seeing YOU.

Saturday, May 6th

Morning agenda:

Committee Meetings: - Saturday, May 6, 9:00 AM
All committee members and executive board should attend.  Anyone interested in joining a committee is welcome to sit in on these meetings.

Tournament Host / Calendar Meeting: Saturday, May 6, 10:00 AM
All tournament hosts and state directors should attend to set the calendar for the 2018 season.

Round-table discussions: Saturday, May 6, 10:15 AM
Do you have a topic you are interested in discussing with other members of the WFCA?  Send a suggestion to Ben Kroll ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  Topics can include hosting tournaments, fundraising, searching for speech topics, running effective practices, cutting literature, and much more.

Lunch break: The organization has reserved space at Sprecher's Pub in Sheboygan for lunch.  During this lunch break, we will recognize coaching milestones and awards pins to coaches for their coaching longevity.  All coaches are welcome to join us there.

Afternoon agenda:

Spring Membership Meeting: Saturday, May 6, 1:00

All member coaches and assistant coaches are encouraged to attend.  We will hold elections for Secretary and President-Elect, and the various committee chairs (Category, State Tournament, TPP, Program Assistance, Communication, and Webmaster) will present their reports.


Hello coaches,

We look forward to seeing you at our WFCA spring meeting here in Sheboygan this weekend. Here are a few specifics for you as you get ready.

Friday evening – We'd love to have you join us for some food and drink at our social gathering with the exec board. We'll start after the exec board meeting finishes, approximately 7:00 to 7:30. It'll be at the Blue Harbor Resort. We'll send out the specific room later this week.

Saturday morning – All of our committees will hold meetings at 9:00, and anyone is able to sit in to provide feedback. If you're interested in joining a committee (Category, Tournament Practices and Procedures, Communications, Program Assistance), this is an excellent opportunity to find out what it will be like.

Saturday morning, continued – At 10:15, we're holding a few informal roundtables:

Jon Balcerak will lead a discussion on how involved coaches should be with putting together the speeches and pieces of their students.

Malyssa Gabrielson will host a talk about creative use of the binders and other creative ideas with blocking.

Joe Meinecke will discuss the logistics of participating in both the WFCA and WHSFA organizations.

Elliot Fisher will talk through proposals he has submitted regarding potential changes to how we run the state tournament.

Saturday Lunch – At lunch, we will be awarding milestone pins to our coaches based on the number of years they have been coaching. We have reserved space at the Sprecher restaurant in Sheboygan for lunch, and they will be offering a buffet lunch for us for $15.00. Coaches may still choose to eat elsewhere, but we sincerely hope you'll join us to help celebrate out fellow coaches' achievements.

***** The restaurant has asked if we can provide an approximate number of people who will be there for lunch before this weekend. If you will be joining us for our lunch, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let me know how many people from your school will join us for lunch at the Sprecher restaurant. *****

Saturday afternoon – Our general membership meeting will convene at 1:00. There are quite a few items up for discussion and/or voting at the meeting. Please have a look at the WFCA website to preview what will be discussed.

(And I also encourage those of you who don't already listen to the Forensics Faces podcast to listen to the latest episode (http://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-xy3m2-6a4c7c) in which Kirt and Malyssa sit down with Elliot Fischer to talk through many of the proposals we'll discuss this weekend).

If you will not be in attendance this weekend, but will be sending another representative in your place, please forward this message to them so they'll know in advance what to expect.

And please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you'll be joining us for our lunch.

See you this weekend.


Invitational Tournaments

2017 Results:

March 31 - April 1 WFCA State Tournament and Congress

Jan 14 Port Washington
Jan 21 Luther Prep / Watertown
Jan 21 Oshkosh North
Jan 28 Appleton East
Jan 28 DeForest
Jan 28 Marquette University High School
Feb 4 Slinger
Feb 4 Sun Prairie
Feb 4 Winneconne
Feb 11 Eau Claire North
Feb 11 Hortonville

Feb 11 West Bend East
Feb 18 Delavan-Darien
Feb 18 Durand
Feb 18 Kaukauna
Feb 18 Lodi
Feb 25 Sheboygan South
Feb 25 UW-Whitewater
Mar 4 James Madison Memorial
Mar 4 Sheboygan North
Mar 11 New London
Mar 11 West Bend West
Mar 18 Arrowhead
Mar 18 Madison West
Mar 18 Waupaca
Mar 25 Brookfield East
Mar 25 Denmark

2017 Spring Meeting Proposals

The following proposals will be considered at the WFCA 2017 Spring Meeting to be held May 6 in Sheboygan:

State Tournament Fee Structure

State Tournament Qualification

State Tournament Sweepstakes Points

Time Limits for Group Interpretation and Play Acting

Number of Individuals in Group Interpretation

Voice Requirement for Radio Announcing

Remove the Use of Binder as a Prop

Solo Acting Chair


Binder Clarification

Multiple Sources in Duo

Clean Up Duo, Play Acting, Solo Acting

Remove References to Acting

Group Interp - Removing Speaker Stand and Center Stage Beginning

Calendar Requests for Tournament Hosts

WFCA Members,

Attached is the form for requesting a tournament date on next year's calendar. If you are interested in hosting an event and would like to be on the association's calendar – please fill out the form and return it to me.

Thank you,
Michael Traas
WFCA Secretary

2017 WFCA Calendar Date request form for Tournament Hosts.docx

2017 WFCA Calendar Date request form for Tournament Hosts.pdf

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