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Note from the NFA Tournament Director

posted Sep 16, 2016, 8:05 AM by Karen Morris   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 10:04 AM by Megan Koch ]

Hello Friends,

I am excited to serve as your National Tournament Director this year, and am looking forward to the start of a fantastic season leading to NFA in Eau Claire!  As you ready your teams to travel, here are a few reminders for reporting NFA qualifications:

If you use SpeechWire to host or attend a tournament:

· Results will be automatically be reported.

· Please take a moment to update your team roster and mark students appropriately as active or inactive. 

· Remember to enter student names the same way for every tournament. Typos, extra spaces, abbreviations, or other variations will create multiple records for the same student and may complicate the verification process.  

If you do NOT use SpeechWire to host a tournament:

· Follow these step-by-step directions to create a tournament report:

Update to Qualification Procedures:

· Please note the by-law changes that were passed at the 2016 April business meeting which impact when and how students can qualify for NFA: For tournaments with 60 or more entrants in an event where no semifinal rounds are held, then the top 10% of entrants will qualify for the national tournament. In the case where there are 60 or more entrants in an event and semifinal rounds are held, then all semifinalists will qualify for the national tournament. In the case where there are more than 90 entrants in an event and ‘super semis’ or quarter final rounds are held, then all contestants in the appropriate elimination rounds will qualify for the national tournament.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you have regarding the above process or the National Tournament. Additionally, check for tournament information and updates.

Wishing you all a happy and productive season,

Rebecca Buel