Get ready for next year!

There are many exciting things coming our way.  I will have much to tell you over the next few weeks.  For now, here is the current tournament schedule for 2014-2015.  it can be found on our page, and also downloaded here: 14-15 Tournament Calendar.  Let me know as soon as possible if there are any errors.


Time for Arizona to Brag!

In the last month, there is plenty for Arizona to be proud of:

Congratulations to our very own Meg Howell for being awarded the National Federation of High Schools Section 7 Speech, Debate, and Theater Educator of the Year award.  Section 7 represents Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, and Hawaii.  Meg was our state award winner and was selected from among the Section state winners for the Section award.  Congratulation Meg!

Hamilton High School won the International Public Policy Forum World Championship, sponsored by the Bickle and Brewer Foundation.  The contest started off with case submissions, featured a few rounds of online debates, and finished with face-to-face debates in New York City, defeating Hathaway Brown High School from Ohio in the final.

Our National Qualifier tournament selected the best of Arizona to represent us in Overland Park, Kansas this summer.  Thirteen schools will represent Arizona.  In addition, Carlos Ochoa from Brophy becomes Arizona’s first 4-time qualifier.  Congratulations!

Arizona’s state tournaments were contested in Mid-March.  Brophy College Prep won the Division 1 Sweepstakes, and Catalina Foothills High School won Division 2.  Congratulations to all who attended!

Upcoming, we have the Debate and Individual Events Tournaments of Champions in late April and early May, followed by Nationals in June. Keep it up Arizona!


Updates and Opportunities

As we reach the end of the regular season, there are a few opportunities available for coaches and students:

For coaches, the American Forensics Association (college and university) National Tournament is coming to ASU on April 5-7. You can sign up to be a hired judge and see the best speech and debate that the college world has to offer. Email ASUspeech@gmail.com for more information.

Our state and national qualifier tournaments are coming up soon. Check www.joyoftournaments.com/az for more information. Make sure to sign up for the correct division state tournament. If you have any question about which division you are in, contact me. The NFL (NSDA) Congress and Speech/Debate Qualifiers have specific rules and specific paperwork which must be completed prior to registration. Read the invitations carefully. Contact Meg Howell with any questions.


Schedule Changes

Apache Junction has canceled their tournament (Feb. 22). SWSDI, State, and the NFL Qualifier Tournaments are still upcoming. Keep your eyes posted to http://www.joyoftournaments.com/az for more details and the tournament invitations.


Thunderbird High School wins AAA Award

Thunderbird High School’s Speech and Debate team was honored with the school’s Achievement Above All Award for an outstanding club or activity.  This coveted awarded is saved for the best at the school.  Congratulations to the team as well as coaches Lauren Colombo and Erin Long for their accomplishment!


Welcome to Winter Trophy!

Tomorrow, the annual Forensic League of Arizona Winter Trophy Tournaments begin.  Division One is hosted by the ASU Speech and Debate team, and Division Two is hosted by Sierra Linda High School.  A big “Thank you!” to the hosts.

After looking over the semester, I have a few things to say to the community:  First off, I am so lucky to get to work with such a talented group of coaches and students.  I feel fortunate to have so many wonderful colleagues.  There are a few items, however, that we can do to make tournaments an even better experience.  Please report all drops to the registration table as soon as you know about them.  If the students aren’t actually dropped, they become a No-Show.  We expect that as coaches, you are aware of your entry and know when students who you have entered aren’t at the tournament.  A drop can be removed and the event rebracketed.  A no-show wreaks havoc with debate power-matching, and unbalances IE sectioning.  Unreported drops are the bane of the tab room.  Tell us when students aren’t there.  Check the registration paperwork carefully.  The computer isn’t perfect.  If someone isn’t listed on your entry who should be, it is always much easier to take care of that prior to round one starting than to try to shoehorn them in once the tournament has started.  We want to work with you as much as we can, and mistakes happen to all of us, but don’t be afraid to communicate with the tournament directors.

Thank you all for all of your hard work, and good luck this weekend!


Winter Trophy updates!

It’s that time of year again. The Forensic League of Arizona Winter Trophy tournaments are ready for your entries. The tournaments will be held on December 6-7, 2014. Division I will be on the Campus of Arizona State University. Division II will be hosted by Sierra Linda High School. Congress legislation for both tournaments is due on Wednesday, November 20. Look at the website invitations for further directions on those. Also, check out the Invoice/Fees tabs. Treasurer John Wolnisty has identified the schools who have paid their yearly membership dues. If you have not, then you will be invoiced the FLA dues with your Winter Trophy registration fees. We look forward to seeing you at the Winter Trophy tournaments.


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