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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WFCA Fall 2014 Meeting and Coaching Clinic

The WFCA Fall Meeting was held Saturday 9/13/14 at Muskego High School. The day will began with a Coaching Clinic at 10:00am, and the Fall meeting was in the afternoon.

The 2014-15 calendar was presented and passed.

Proposals to amend the Operating Bylaws:

The Category Committee's proposal to change Four Minute Speaking to Expository Speaking involves replacing "Four Minute Speaking" with "Expository Speaking" and changing associated references to time limits from 4 minutes to 5 minutes. This proposal was tabled.

Past-President Kirt Graves has submitted five proposals to bring the WFCA Operating Bylaws into compliance with current common practices, or simply to bring awareness to policies forgotten or ignored.
I. Eliminate the late fee for schools who register after December 1  PASSED
II. Correct/clarify the policy of eliminating entries with highest number of points  PASSED
III. Eliminate specific penalties for team cancellations  PASSED
IV. Replace "tournament manager" with "tournament director"  PASSED
V. Clarify that the Hall of Fame Award may be given to a current coach  PASSED

Other Proposals:

From the Category Committee: see separate article.

From Jon Balcerak:
In the category rules for Duo Interpretation, Farrago, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Play Acting, Solo Acting Humorous, and Solo Acting Serious, the sentence concerning adaptations should be changed to the following:

"Adaptations, if any, should be minimal, and may be made for the following purposes only: (1) to establish continuity; (2) to establish contextual clarity, such as the substitution of gender pronouns; or (3) to avoid potentially offensive language. Lines attributed to one character in the literary script may not be attributed to another character during the performance." PASSED with a slight change of wording to (2): for gender changes including things such as pronoun changes

WFCA Logo Design Competition

The WFCA is seeking submissions for a new logo! To help in this process, we've enlisted the help of crowdSPRING, an online service to help create the new logo. The great news is that ANYONE can submit a design via their website.

We're looking forward to seeing your great designs!


2014 State Tournament and Congress

2014 wfca

MARCH 28-29, 2014
Ripon, WI


Tournament results on Speechwire

WFCA State Tournament Results 2014.pdf


is an annual award that will be presented once a year to a High School forensic coach. Candidates must be active in WFCA, be supportive of the WFCA, demonstrate enthusiasm toward forensic activities, have a high regard and respect for fellow coaches, work toward the improvement of the WFCA, promote interscholastic forensic activities through the strength of his/her program, have acquired the respect of students he/she works with, and be supportive of or involved in other speech organizations such as the WDCA, NFL, WCA, WHSFA, or NCFL.

2014 Founders' Winner: Ben Kroll, Sheboygan South


Six $1000 scholarships were awarded to high school seniors
John Ahn, Appleton East
Sierra DuCharme-Hansen, Sun Prairie
Nick Jungers, Waupaca
Anh Le, Madison West
Lauren Watchmaker, Homestead
Troy Wildenberg, Appleton East


Demonstration: Diya Ramanathan, Arrowhead Union

Duo Interp: Griffyn Albers and Terry Beck, Slinger

Extemporaneous: Alekh Kale, James Madison Memorial

Farrago: Abby DuRussel, James Madison Memorial

Four Minute: Erika Isaacson, Eau Claire North

Group Interpretation: Jared Miller, Annie Kailhofer and Bryce Gerrits, Kaukauna

Moments in History: Caroline Liu, Middleton

Oral Interpretation of Literature: Mitch Tenpas, Sheboygan South

Oratory: Archit Baskaran, Brookfield East

Play Acting: Colin Pitman and Caitlin Christie, James Madison Memorial

Poetry: Beekah Madia, Muskego

Prose: Rachel Bednarowski, Appleton East

Radio Announcing: Lexi Slater, Madison West

Solo Acting - Humorous: Ian Olson, Appleton East

Solo Acting - Serious: Elizabeth Gartman, Sheboygan North

Special Occasion: Laura Broman, Madison West

Storytelling: Chad Castle, Sun Prairie


Division III
1st: Luther Prep

2nd: Durand
3rd: Waupaca
4th: St. Lawrence

5th: New Berlin West

6th: Lodi

7th: St. Croix Falls
8th: New London
9th (tie): Plymouth
9th (tie): Port Washington

Division II
1st: Whitefish Bay

2nd: Wauwatosa East

3rd: Slinger

4th: Sheboygan South

5th: DeForest

6th: Ronald Regan
7th: Cedarburg
8th: Marquette University
9th: Waunakee
10th: Kaukauna

Division I
1st: James Madison Memorial

2nd: Sun Prairie

3rd: Appleton East

4th: Brookfield East

5th: Homestead

6th: Arrowhead
7th: Madison West
8th: Eau Claire North
9th: Hartford Union
10th: Sussex Hamilton

Category Committee Proposals

The WFCA Category Committee proposed the following rule changes which were voted on at the 2014 WFCA Fall Meeting on September 13. The full text for each proposal is available with each link.

1. 2015 Category Proposals: The topics for Moments in History, Special Occasion, and Storytelling.

-- PASSED as proposed except that Storytelling Topic #4 was changed to: An Urban Legend

2. Binder Usage Clarification: Permit the usage of the student's binder as a prop in Farrago, Group Interp, OIL, Poetry, and Prose. MOTION FAILED

3. Extemporaneous Notes Rules: Change the Extemporaneous Speaking rules to prohibit the use of notes at the state tournament. MOTION FAILED

4. Four Minute Speaking to Expository Speaking: Expand the time limit of Four Minute Speaking to 5 minutes and rename the category as Expository Speaking. NOTE: This involves a change in the WFCA Operating Bylaws. This proposal was tabled.

5. Published Material Clarification: Add language to clarify what "published material" is considered. PASSED with an amendment to add the word "online"

6. Roll Back Walking Prohibition: Roll back the prohibition on walking in Farrago, OIL, Poetry, and Prose to allow students to use platform movement within the performance. PASSED

Additional proposal: clean up some extraneous rules in Farrago and Group Interpretation. Strike a phrase in Farrago rule 3: The student must use a manuscripot, but may not use notes. Strike a sentence in Farrago rule 4: The use of a reading stand is permitted but not required. Strike a phrase in Group Interpretive Reading rule 3: Chairs or stools are not allowed, but reading stands for scripts may be used. PASSED

2014 Spring Meeting

The 2014 WFCA Spring Meeting was held on May 31 in Appleton. Here is a brief summary:

The 2014-15 proposed calendar was presented. The 2015 State Tournament will be Friday April 10 (Congress) and Saturday April 11 (all other events) at Ripon College. The remainder of the calendar will become official at the fall meeting in September.

Officer terms concluded for Elliott Fischer as Past-President and Peter Woods as Treasurer. Elections were held for the two open positions. Jon Balcerak was elected as Treasurer, and Deb Weiher-Traas was elected as President-Elect. Officers continuing to serve next year are Joe Meinecke, President; Kirt Graves, Past-President; and Michael Traas, Secretary.

The proposals for State Tournament awards, disqualificaiton procedures, and semi-final pairings were presented and after discussion were voted down. The proposal passed to restore the name William Hintz Memorial Award for Coaching Excellence to the Founders' Award.