WFCA Handbook

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

WFCA Handbook 2017-18.pdf

WFCA Category Rules 2017-18.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 2017-18 handbook was updated from last year's edition to include these changes:

Moments in History – This season has two time periods; each student has the choice of

and / or

Special Occasion Speaking –
This season's occasions are:

A. A resignation speech
B. A hall of fame induction speech
C. A pep talk from a coach
D. A tribute to the life of an ancestor

Storytelling –
This season's topics are:

A. A story about outer space
B. A story from an indigenous culture
C. A story about something that is lost and/or found
D. 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.