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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William Hintz Award Voting

Hello WFCA Members,

The link below is a link to voting for this year's William Hintz Memorial Award for Coaching Excellence, an annual award that will be presented once a year to a High School forensic coach.

The deadline to vote is Saturday, March 25th.  All ballots cast after March 25 will not be included in the official tabulation.


Thank you for taking time to vote for this award!  As members of the WFCA, please remember that this organization exists for, is controlled by and is run by you – the member coaches!

It has been a pleasure to serve you,
Debra L. Weiher-Traas
WFCA Past-President

Invitational Tournaments

The invitational tournaments of the 2017 season are underway. 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 2016-17 WFCA Handbook.

The season will conclude with the 2017 WFCA State Tournament at UW-Whitewater March 31 (Student Congress) and April 1 (all other events).

Upcoming tournaments:

March 24:
Denmark Student Congress
Fort Atkinson "Fort Friday" Tournament

March 25:
Brookfield East Tournament (Invitation here)
Denmark Tournament

March 31:
WFCA State Student Congress at UW-Whitewater

April 1:
WFCA State Tournament at UW-Whitewater

2017 Results:

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

2017 State Tournament and Congress

March 31 (Congress) and April 1, 2017
at UW-Whitewater

Check the WFCA State Tournament

page for current information.

Invitation / Registration links:

WFCA State Congress - registration open now; deadline is March 27
WFCA State Tournament - registration open now; deadline is March 24


March 19: If you did not receive an invitation via Speechwire or if WFCA State Tournament 2017 does not allow you to register in Speechwire, you have either not completed the required coaching clinic or paid your WFCA dues for this season. Please contact Elliott Fischer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to find out what your school is missing.

March 22: Lunch orders are now available in Speechwire. Deadline for food is Monday, March 27 4:00 PM.



Last year 71 schools and over 1,000 students convened for an invigorating weekend of competition and awards in speeches, literature interpretations, and acting. This year's WFCA State Tournament will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017. Additionally, the State Student Congress will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017. The location this year is UW-Whitewater.

Coaches are reminded that school eligibility for State is contingent on the completion of a coaching clinic and payment of dues. If there are any questions about the coaching clinics, contact Malyssa Gabrielson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Dues may be verified with Treasurer Amy Geyser This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Registration wil end Friday, March 24 at 5:00 PM. Changes may be made through Thursday, March 30 at 5:00 PM.

The Student Congress deadline to submit legislation is Wednesday, March 22 at 5:00 PM.

Student Congress registration is at this Tabroom page:
The deadline is Monday, March 27.

Impromptu Speaking will return as a consolation event for students who did not advance to semi-finals. Registration will take place on the first floor of Heide Hall immediately after the posting of semi-finals, and it will be limited to 49 students chosen at random. Rules for Impromptu Speaking can be found in the WFCA Handbook or Category Rules document.