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.
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’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!
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!
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.
The FLA Winter Trophy tournaments will happen on December 6-7, 2013. Division I will be held at ASU, and Division II will be at Sierra Linda High School. The websites are being built and will be ready for registration shortly.
There are a few adjustments to our tournament calendar:
McClintock High School’s Jim Fountain Classic will be on October 25-26.
Thunderbird High School has to cancel their February tournament, but in its place,
Grand Canyon University will host a 1-day IE only tournament on February 15th.
These changes are pending final AIASDAC approval on September 25th.