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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State Tournament Schedule Change

Greetings Coaches!!

We hope you have had a wonderful start to your 2018 forensics season

As we work on the upcoming state tournament, we wanted to inform you of a scheduling change that needs to be made.

Due to a scheduling conflict, one of the buildings on the UW-Whitewater campus is not available for the state tournament on April 7. Because we use such a large number of rooms, we are modifying the tournament schedule to fit the tournament into the existing available spaces.

Here is the revised tournament schedule for 2018:

7:30 Registration Begins
8:00 Registration Ends
8:10 Judges Meeting
8:30 Extemp/Radio Draw
9:00 Round 1
10:15 Round 2
11:30 Round 3
12:45 Round 4
1:45 Extemp/Radio Draw for Semis
2:15 Semi-finals (This is 45 minutes later than past years)
4:15 Finals (This is 25 minutes later than past years)
6:00 Awards (This is 30 minutes later than past years)

While there are four preliminary rounds listed, students would only compete in three of those rounds. For example, Farrago students might compete in round 1, 2 and 4 while Group Interp competitors might compete in round 1, 3 and 4. Determination of what events will be competing in what rounds will be made at a later date.

This schedule allows us to maximize room usage and permits students to support teammates or watch other events, while not extending the day too long.

We understand that this will mean leaving Whitewater at a later time, but hopefully this adjustment is not too burdensome on your team.

We are hoping this is a one year change and we'll be able to return to our usual schedule in 2019.

If you have any questions or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to ask!

John & Elliott

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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.

Spring Meeting - Preliminary Information

The WFCA Spring Meeting will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Lake Delton (Wisconsin Dells area [MAP]),  May 4-5. 

Friday, May 4, 8:00 pm — Pre-meeting Social Hour!

Saturday, May 5, 9:00 am — Coaches’ roundtables and commi ee meetings. Continental breakfast included!

Saturday, May 5, 1:00 pm — Spring Business meeting. State Tournament report, election of President-Elect and Treasurer, and proposals new and old.

Hotel rooms (2 queen beds) are $99 for Friday night and include all-day water park passes for Friday and Saturday. Rooms can be booked at 800.559.9653.  Use the code 1805WFCA when making a reservation to get the $99 deal,.  All room reservations have to be made by April 11, and there is a 15% service charge for cancelling, more if it's within a week of the meeting.

WFCA Spring Meeting Flyer

Invitational Tournaments

The invitational tournaments of the 2018 season are happening January through March. 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):

February 18 (Sunday):
Green Bay NCFL Qualifier (for GBCFL members)

February 23 (Friday):
Sheboygan South Congress

February 24:
Durand Tournament
Sheboygan South Tournament
UW-Whitewater Tournament

March 2:
James Madison Memorial Congress
Sheboygan North Congress

March 3:
James Madison Memorial Tournament
Mukwonago Tournament  [Invite] [Tabroom]
Sheboygan North Tournament

March 10:
Waunakee / Sun Prairie Tournament at Sun Prairie High School
West Bend West Tournament  [Invite] [Tabroom]
Xavier Tournament


January 13: Port Washington

January 20: Oshkosh North, Watertown

January 27: Appleton East, DeForest, Marquette University High School

February 3: Slinger, Sun Prairie, Winneconne

February 10: Eau Claire North, Hortonville, West Bend East

February 15: Milwaukee Public Schools Conference

February 17: Altoona, Kaukauna