The Wisconsin Forensic Coaches' Association Handbook has been updated for 2016-17. 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
Each student has the choice of 1750-1800 and / or 1990-1999
1. a speech to a veterans' organization
2. a speech in response to a scandal
3. a sales pitch to investors for a new product or invention
4. a dedication for an art exhibit or public art installation
1. a story from Scandinavia
2. a story about food
3. a story about overcoming obstacles
4. a story about technology
Also, the story topics will be randomly assigned:
The tournament will determine by random selection the round in which each of the four story topics will be presented. The story topics and round schedule will be announced to competitors and judges prior to the start of round one. Every contestant will perform the same story topic in a given round.
Previously, the judge would have discretion in assigning the stories. There is no longer a storytelling assignment card needed for the contestant. The rule for the final round of the WFCA State Tournament remains: Students will select the story of their choice (immediately prior to the start of the final round).
Informative Speaking replaces Four Minute Speaking with a time limit of 6 minutes.
Farrago, Group Interpretation, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Poetry, and Prose:
The manuscript and /or binder containing the manuscript may be used as a prop or in other creative
ways. Use of the manuscript is subject to critique.
Multiple sources may be combined and creatively woven together to create a cohesive thematic
performance. (does not apply to Prose)
Special Occasion Speaking:
The phrase ", and a speaker stand is permissible" has been eliminated from Rule 4.
February 15 is the new deadline for Application / Nomination deadlines for scholarship applications and
nominations for coaching awards (previously March 1).
The bylaws were updated to clarify State Tournament format, semi-finalist selection, and a name change for references to NSDA (previously NFL).
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
If you did not attend the coaching clinic that was held in conjunction with the fall meeting, attendance at one during the year is required by a coach or other school-designated adult in order for your school to register for the State Stournament. See the schedule of fall / winter coaching clinics for details.
WFCA State Tournament
The WFCA State Tournament returns to UW-Whitewater this year. It will be on Friday March 31 for Student Congress and Saturday April 1 for all other events.