Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association
Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association

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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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Oshkosh Coaching Clinic Rescheduled

Here is the information regarding the rescheduled WFCA Coaching clinic!

Tuesday, February 23
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Arts & Communication Center room S117, UW-Oshkosh
1001 Elmwood Ave., Oshkosh, WI

Parking:
There is not a convenient visitor parking lot nearby, but there should be street parking on Vine Street between Algoma Avenue and Elmwood Avenue. Since most classes end at 4:30, there should be space available.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!


Elliott Fischer

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WFCA Fall Update: Handbook, Membership Reminder, and Coaching Clinics

Here are a few announcements and reminders as we prepare for the upcoming forensics season.
 
WFCA Handbook
 
The Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association Handbook has been updated for 2015-16. It contains bylaws, history, competition rules, evaluation sheets, coaching awards, student congress guides, and tournament documents. It has been updated from last year's edition to include these changes that were implemented at the fall meeting:

Moments in History
1940-1949 or 1450-1650 (individual student's choice)

Special Occasion
1.    a speech at a charity event
2.    a speech to the United Nations
3.    a speech at a self-help seminar
4.    a political victory or concession speech

Storytelling
1.    a Latin American story
2.    a story about a holiday
3.    a story about a quest
4.    a story about a force of nature

Farrago
Rule 2 was amended to clarify the flexibility that students have in how to structure a farrago performance in terms of source citation and whether or not to use transitional introductions.

Student Congress
Bylaw change V.C.1 Change apportionment from "16-30" to "13-25"
Bylaw change V.C.2 Change judge fee from $100 to $150. Add to end: "A refusal to accept an assignment to score the final session will result in that school incurring a full hired judge fee."

Student Congress Rules 2, 7, and 8 have been updated.


Moments in History Clarification

This is from Carrie Baker, chair of the Tournament Practices & Procedures Committee:

As we quickly approach the 2016 Forensics Season, we wanted to clarify a change in the category of Moments in History.  Students may choose 1 of the moments listed on which to focus their speech.  Moments from each period MAY NOT be blended together to form one speech.  This question was brought to the TPP Committee and consensus was that the current wording of the category says one OR the other.
 
If you have any questions about this, please email Carrie Baker This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Membership Reminder

Although there is no longer a cutoff date and late fee for membership dues, your membership form with payment is requested as soon as possible.
 
WFCA Coaching Clinics
 
Dates for the fall / winter coaching clinics:

Tuesday December 1, 4:30 PM  - 7:30PM at Reagan High School, 4965 S 20th St, Milwaukee, WI 53221. Hosted by Carrie Baker  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Saturday December 5 10:00 AM - 12:30PM (during the debate tournament) at Appleton East High School, 2121 E. Emmers Drive, Appleton, WI 54915. Hosted by Ben Kroll  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday January 13, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at DeForest High School, 815 Jefferson St, DeForest, WI 53532. Hosted by Tom August   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New Date Tuesday February 23 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at UW-Oshkosh Arts & Communication Center room S117; 1001 Elmwood Ave., Oshkosh, WI. Hosted by Elliott Fischer  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Saturday February 6 at a convenient time during the UW-Eau Claire high school tournament. Hosted by Scott Peterson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

WFCA State Tournament

The WFCA State Tournament has a new location this year. It will be at UW-Whitewater on Friday April 1 for Student Congress and Saturday April 2 for all other events.

 
Invitational Tournaments

The invitational tournaments of the 2016 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.

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 2015-16 WFCA Handbook.

The season will conclude with the 2016 WFCA State Tournament at UW-Whitewater April 1-2.

Results

January 16: Denmark, Port Washington

January 23: Oshkosh North, Prep Prairie

January 30: Appleton East, DeForest, Marquette

February 6: Sun Prairie, Wauwatosa East, Winneconne

Upcoming tournaments - Next three weekends:

February 13: Eau Claire North, Hortonville, West Bend East (with Congress on Friday)

February 19 (Friday): Little Chute Student Congress, Bradley Tech Student Congress

February 20: Delavan-Darien, Kaukauna, Lodi

February 27: Eau Claire Memorial, Sheboygan South (with Congress on Friday), UW-Whitewater

 
WFCA Fall 2015 Meeting and Coaching Clinic

The WFCA Fall Meeting was held Saturday September 12 at Appleton East High School. The day began with a Coaching Clinic in the morning before the afternoon meeting.

Meeting topics included:

Approval of the minutes of the Spring 2015 meeting
2015-16 Calendar
Category Commitee Proposals (all were approved without modification)
Changes to Student Congress rules
A proposal to add to State Tournament Disqualification Procedures (passed with some minor amendments)
Future Coaching Clinics
Site of 2017 State Tournament will be at UW-Whitewater, either March 31-April 1 or April 7-8