Welcome to the home page for the 2023 MAFA State Championship Tournament tournament hosted by Missouri Valley on Feb 10-12, 2023 for College students.
Status: Accepting Entries
December 1, 2022
On behalf of the member schools of the Missouri Association of Forensic Activities (MAFA), it is my pleasure to invite you to the 2023 MAFA State Championship Tournament. This is the Missouri State Tournament, but we also welcome our friends from other states. Please consider joining us IN PERSON on Friday, February 10th, 11th and 12th for three days of in person forensic education and competition. While the invitation outlines the specifics of the tournament, highlights include:
· Four rounds of NFA-LD, IPDA or NPDA.
· A full slate of AFA-NIET individual events.
· Awards for ALL elimination round competitors in all events.
· Affordable fees.
· An experienced tab staff.
As has become our tradition, the top Missouri student in each event will receive a special award as the State Champion in that event. We will award individual event, debate, and combined sweepstakes for both the overall tournament, as well as entry-based divisions; we will also recognize the top school in quality performance. We also award a top forensicator award to our top students who participate in both individual events and debate. Additionally, the top two Missouri students in oratory will qualify to the Interstate Oratorical Contest.
Beyond student and school recognition, we encourage you to nominate individuals for the two awards we present annually to professionals in our activity—Coach of the Year Award and Distinguished Service Award. Information for each of these awards is included in this invitation.
Tournament entries are to be made on https://forensicstournament.net/MAFA/23. Entries should be made by no later than 5:00pm Monday, February 6th. Fees will be assessed at 5:00 Tuesday, February 7th. Detailed and updated tournament information (links to registration, help desk, extemp draw, etc.) will be emailed with confirmations once fees are assessed Tuesday night.
To better encourage a community atmosphere there will be a social hosted on Saturday night to celebrate our seniors and to hand out the named awards listed later in the invitation. We will have light snacks and drinks there so please plan on eating beforehand.
On behalf of MAFA and its officers, I hope to see you in-person in February!
President, Missouri Association of Forensics Activities
Director of Forensics
Missouri Valley College
Friday, February 10
2:00 Registration in Malcom Center Bacon Room
3:00 NPDA Topic Announce Round 1
IPDA Topic Announce Round 1
4:30 NPDA Topic Announce Round 2
IPDA Topic Announce Round 2
5:45 Dinner Break
6:45 NPDA Topic Announce Round 3
IPDA Topic Announce Round 3
Saturday, February 11
8:00 NPDA Topic Announce Round 4
IPDA Topic Announce Round 4
9:30 Extemp Draw
9:45 IE RD 1 Flight A (Extemp, Oratory, DI, Poetry, Informative, Prose)
LD Round 1
11:15 IE RD 1 Flight B (Imp, POI, Duo, ADS, CA, Persuasive)
LD Round 2
1:30 NPDA Topic Announce Elim 1
IPDA Topic Announce Elim 1
2:15 Extemp Draw
2:30 IE RD 2 Flight A (Extemp, Oratory, DI, Poetry, Informative, Prose)
LD Round 3
4:00 IE RD 2 Flight B (Imp, POI, Duo, ADS, CA, Persuasive)
LD Round 4
5:30 NPDA Topic Announce Elim 2
IPDA Topic Announce Elim 2
8:00 Social/Named Awards Events
Sunday, February 12
8:00 NPDA Topic Announce Elim 3
IPDA Topic Announce Elim 3
9:30 Extemp Draw
9:45 IE Finals Flight A (Extemp, Oratory, DI, Poetry, Informative, Prose)
LD Elim 1
11:00 IE Finals Flight B (Imp, POI, Duo, ADS, CA, Persuasive)
LD Elim 2
12:15 LD Elim 3
General Tournament Notes
This policy seeks to maintain independent sweepstakes calculations for two parts (debate and individual events) of the tournament and then to arithmetically equalize the value. This policy maintains independent sweepstakes for the two parts of the overall sweepstakes. Sweepstakes will be calculated through the following formula: 6 points per NPDA debate prelim win, 3 points per LD/IPDA debate prelim win, and individual events as 3-2-1 for prelims and 12-10-8-6-4-2-1 for finals. Should a semi-final round be held, all competitors in that round will receive 1 point. After sweepstakes points are computed, each team’s score is calculated as a percentage of the total sweepstakes “pot” in each sweepstakes competition. Hence, there will be forced equality of 100 possible points for debate and 100 points for individual events. The percentage scores of each team will be added together to calculate sweepstakes for the overall category. Overall sweepstakes awards will be presented to the top three schools entered in both individual events and debate. An award will also be presented to the top point-earning two-year school; the winner of this award does not need to be entered in both individual events and debate. The tie-breaking formula for individual events and debate will be as follows:
Individual Event Sweepstakes
1. Total individual events points earned
2. Number of events in finals
3. Comparative ranks of events in finals (Comparative ranks examines the number of 1st place finishes, if tied, then number of 2nd place finishes, etc.)
1. Total debate points earned
2. Number of debate entries in elimination rounds
3. Highest placing of debate entries in elimination rounds
4. Comparative finishes in debate entries in elimination rounds (Compare number of finalists, if ties, then number of semifinalists, etc.)
Three additional sweepstakes awards will be presented, in addition to those for overall, individual events, debate in the open division, and two-year school competitions.
The Quality Award is determined by dividing the total sweepstakes points earned by a school by the number of slots that school entered. The school with the highest points earned per slot entered at the tournament will win this award.
MAFA shall award Team Sweepstakes Awards in both an Open division and a President’s division for Individual Events, Debate and Overall Team Sweepstakes Awards. Divisions will be determined by the median entry for the tournament as determined at the close of registration for the tournament. All schools entered at the tournament will be eligible for the Open division. Schools with entries at or below the median will be entered in the President’s division.
The Director’s Award is a traveling trophy that tracks a school’s sweepstakes points earned over subsequent MAFA Championship Tournaments. For this award, the sweepstakes points earned at previous MAFA Championship tournaments are added to the current year’s points. The school with the highest cumulative total points is named the champion until the next MAFA Championship Tournament. Once a school wins this award, their sweepstakes point total is reset to zero.
A school may enter up to 18 debate entries, with no more than 12 debaters per school per debate format, (12 individual debaters or 6 debate teams of two debaters). A debate team counts as 2 entries. An LD entry counts as 1. Take the number of teams and multiply by 2 and add the number of LD entries. This number may not exceed 18. (e.g. 5 debate teams and 8 LD entries, or 6 debate teams and 6 LD entries). In any case, a school’s entry must not exceed 6 NPDA teams, OR 12 LD debaters OR 12 IPDA debaters. A student may enter both NPDA and LD or IPDA and LD but will count as 2 of the 18 debate entries. There will be both open and novice divisions if numbers allow. Any student competing in his/her first two semesters of college debate may be classified as a novice. All divisions will debate four (4) preliminary rounds and break to their appropriate elimination round. Lincoln-Douglas debaters may enter one event in flight B of individual events. Please contact MAFA President, David Bowers (email@example.com) if you have questions about debate entry limitations.
Debate awards will be presented to all open quarterfinalists. The top novice in each division will receive an award. The top six speakers in each division will receive speaker awards. The top three schools who earn the most total points across all divisions will receive team sweepstakes awards.
Debate sweepstakes calculations will be made using the preliminary records of the top twelve debaters across the three debate genres. An NPDA team is two debaters. An LD or IPDA debater is one. Six points will be assigned for each preliminary round win in NPDA, and three will be assigned to the same in LD or IPDA. Elimination round wins will not count toward sweepstakes.
NPDA Topic Areas
Round 1 – US Domestic Politics
Round 2 – Ethical Dilemmas
Round 3 – Central Asia
Round 4 -- Student Debt Crisis
Individual Events Guidelines & Conflict Patterns
Pattern A: DI, Extemp, Info, Oration, Poetry, Prose
Pattern B: ADS, CA, DUO, Imp, Pers, POI
Schools may enter up to 44 slots in individual events, distributed across all events. Awards will be presented to the top six contestants in each event. There will be three individual events sweepstakes trophies. A top novice award will also be given for each event. Novices are defined as students in their first year of competition at the collegiate level. All individual events will follow the description, rules and guidelines of the American Forensic Association. Only a school’s top six entrants in any one event will count toward sweepstakes.
AFA rules will be followed for all individual events. Students should not enter material that has been used in competition before September 1, 2020. The tournament will follow AFA tabulation procedures. Extemp topics will cover issues pertinent to the socio-political realm with emphasis upon: international affairs, politics, and the economy. Impromptu participants will choose between two topics that will vary by round and section. Topics may be drawn from philosophical quotations, song lyrics, and/or quotations from popular films.
MAFA traditionally does not restrict the number of individual events a competitor can enter in a given flight, so students are free to enter as many as they wish (except for the LD debaters who are limited to only one individual event per pattern plus Lincoln Douglas). HOWEVER, we strongly suggest that competitors and their coaches limit themselves to only three individual events per pattern per student out of respect for the tournament schedule and staff. Do your part to make sure the tournament runs on time. Competitors will be responsible for making it to each of their events within the time allotted for each round.
Eligibility will follow the AFA guidelines. A student must be enrolled in at least six hours of classes at the school they are representing. The student must also not have used more than eight semesters of eligibility (3 or more tournaments of competition constitutes a semester) as defined by the AFA, and must not have had more than four national tournament years (completed in four years in which a national tournament- NFA, AFA, NSC, NPDA, NDT, CEDA, Phi Rho PI, PKD, DSR, etc. was attended by the student). The expectation is that the Director of Forensics for the entries will enforce these rules.
Interstate oratory will be offered in addition to Persuasive Speaking.
a. Interstate Oratory, referred to as Original Oratory henceforth, will only be open to students representing a MAFA program in good standing. Persuasive Speaking will be open to all students, both MAFA and Non-MAFA programs. A student may NOT enter both events. They must choose one or the other.
b. The winner of Original Oratory will be the MAFA State Champion. The highest placing student representing a MAFA program entered in persuasion will be the MAFA State Persuasion Champion.
c. Sweepstakes points may be earned in both events, but in no case will alter the sweepstakes formula of a program maximum of 100 points in IE's.
d. Two critics will be used in preliminary rounds with the lowest ranking and rating and highest rating and ranking disregarded when deciding finalists.
e. A copy of each contestant's speech is required upon registration. Words and quoted materials will be verified as per event description in (IV). Students will be disqualified if there is an infraction concerning the number of words or percentage of quoted material. Coaches may email copies to MAFA President, Jordan Compton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
f. Should either of the winning orations not be able to attend the Interstate Oratory contest, the President shall assign alternates from MAFA member schools based upon their placement in the MAFA Championship Tournament.
Description: An oration written by the student, persuasive in nature and delivered without the aid of notes. No oration shall contain more than 1800 words. Although no minimum word limit is mandated, a 1500 word minimum is suggested. Quoted words are those written or spoken by a person other than the orator. Such quoted material should be limited to 20 percent of the total number of words in the oration. Direct disclosure, dialogue, or other stylistic devices within quotation marks created by the orator shall not be included in the 20 percent total. All quoted material shall be documented. There is NOT a time limit in this event.
Multiple critics will be used in the preliminary rounds with the worst preliminary round rank and rating disregarded when deciding finalists. A copy of each contestant’s speech is REQUIRED upon registration. (We recommend a cover/title page on which the number of words and the number of quoted words of listed along with the student’s name and school.) Words and quoted material will be recounted at the tournament and students WILL BE DISQUALIFIED if there is an infraction concerning the number of words or percentage of quoted material.
It is important for our state to be well represented in this historic tournament. Therefore, if you have a student place in the top two but do not intend to attend Interstate for whatever reason, please inform the MAFA President at the tournament so we can assign an alternate in their place. Alternates will be the next best Missouri student in the event until two Missouri representatives are confirmed.
One judge covers two parliamentary. One judge covers 10 individual events slots overall (not per flight). One judge covers two LD or IPDA debaters. (However, judges may be cross-assigned between the two divisions as needed to maximize the “cleanliness” of the pool.)
Hired judges will cost $35 per uncovered LD and IPDA slot. Each hired NPDA judge will cost $75 per uncovered team. A hired individual events judge will cost $10 per uncovered IE slot. Please remember—judges are expected to be available one round after their students are eliminated. Coaches are responsible for the attendance of both themselves and their hired judges. Please make sure your hired judges meet their obligations.
Please make every effort to cover your entry and judging obligations so we can have qualified judges and a smooth schedule. We would rather have your judges than your money.
For pentathlon, a student must be in five or more individual events. Students must compete in at least two genres (interpretation, limited preparation, public address), although greater breadth is certainly encouraged. The student’s best five events will count toward pentathlon. Points will be awarded according to the same formula used for individual event sweepstakes.
Overall Forensicator Award
To reward exceptional competition efforts in both individual events and debate, two (2) awards will be offered in the Overall Forensicator competition. The top two students will be recognized who compete in five or more individual events and at least one format of debate. Points for this award shall include a maximum of five individual events and all forms of debate in which the student competes. Only preliminary round points will count for this award. No team sweepstakes points will be awarded for this event. Ties will be broken based on the following:
1. Total preliminary sweepstakes points earned in both individual events and debate. Team debate points earned will be divided in half.
2. Number of events in elimination rounds.
3. Highest placing of events in elimination rounds.
4. If still tied, awards shall be given to the tied speakers.
MAFA Membership Dues $50 per school (Missouri)
LD Entries $25 each
Uncovered LD Entries $35 Each
NPDA Entries $50 Each
Uncovered NDPA Entries $75 Each
IPDA Entries $25 Each
Uncovered IPDA Entries $35 Each
IE Entries $8 Per slot
Uncovered IE Entries $10 Per Slot
Participation Fee (Friday) $10 Per Participant
Participation Fee (Saturday) $10 Per Participant
Nuisance fees/Late Drops (2/8/22) $20 Per Drop
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Coach of the Year Award
The "MAFA Coach of the Year" award honors a coach who has demonstrated superior coaching and program directing ability in Intercollegiate Missouri speech and debate related activities throughout the last year's competitive season. The recipient must be a member of the Missouri Association of Forensics Activities for that year. This award is open to all with school-recognized coaching positions, including Directors and Assistant Directors of Forensics, Graduate Assistants, etc. Criteria for the award includes:
• Displays a strong rapport with students, coaches, and judges of the MAFA community;
• Models for our students’ appropriate behaviors that prepare them for success both in and outside of forensics;
• Supports and attends regional tournaments. However, we fully recognize that some programs must travel a different circuit due to specific program foci, which makes it difficult to attend regional tournaments. In those cases, (particularly parliamentary and CEDA squads), this criterion will be waved;
• Is active in the support and advancement of speech related activities at various levels. Examples include, but are not limited to: Hosting tournaments, volunteering at tournaments, volunteering for other types of public speaking events (like FFA, 4-H, FBLA), publishing articles, presenting at conferences, holding regional/national offices in governing bodies, etc.;
• Exhibits knowledge of activity through understanding of rules and systems of play.
Candidates may be nominated by students or coaches by submitting a nomination letter to the President of MAFA, David Bowers at Bowersd@moval.edu. Schools are limited to one nomination in this category per year. A school is not required to nominate anyone. Schools may nominate individuals from other programs. The MAFA President will appoint a committee to consider all nominations and pair the nominees down to a slate of two or three names. The committee will submit the panel of potential honorees along with nomination packet information to the MAFA membership for a vote. Each coaching staff is afforded one vote and each team of students is afforded one vote, resulting in two votes. The votes do not need to be the same. Previous winners may be considered for awards. If no suitable nominee can be found, the award should not be presented.
Distinguished Service Award
The "MAFA Distinguished Service" award honors those who continuously support forensic activities. Recipients can be former or retired members of MAFA that demonstrated superior coaching and program directing while in their tenure, or administrators that value forensics and continuously strive to support forensics at their institution. This award is not bound to the previous competitive year. Criteria for the award includes:
• Exceptionally meritorious performance in coaching, directing or administration;
• Continued support of speech and debate related activities;
• Significant achievements and contributions to the forensics community;
• Represents important creative effort or accomplishment with educational value.
Candidates may be nominated by coaches by submitting a nomination letter to David Bowers at email@example.com. Schools are limited to one nomination in this category per year. A school is not required to nominate anyone. Schools may nominate individuals from other programs. The MAFA President will appoint a committee to consider all nominations and pair the nominees down to a slate of two or three names. The committee will submit the panel of potential honorees along with nomination packet information to the MAFA membership for a vote. Each coaching staff is afforded one vote and each team of students is afforded one vote, resulting in two votes. The votes do not need to be the same. Previous winners may be considered for awards. If no suitable nominee can be found, the award should not be presented.