Please Note the participation rule from the WSFA for the 2017-18 season: In order to be eligible to compete at the State Tournament in an area (Debate/Speech/Congress), your school MUST have paid their $30 dues and competed at least twice in one event in that area BY THE FIRST WEEKEND OF DECEMBER and must notify the District chair of their competition after that second tournament. Failure by a school to do so will result in that school being ineligible for the WSFA State Tournaments in March.
Welcome to District Two. We look forward to an outstanding year culminating with success in March. Students can qualify for the state debate and IE tournaments in two ways. They can qualify through their performances at meets throughout the year, or, when needed, they can qualify through the District Two State Qualifying Tournament in February (Interlake HS).
Note: To be a state qualifying meet, each must meet state minimums of 12 schools competing at the meet (8 if the meet is hosted by a District 2 member school) and 8 total open division entries in IE's, 6 total entries in CX, and 14 total entries in the cases of LD and 16 for PF, always in the event’s highest division. Students only qualify at the highest division offered (senior, open, or champ).
WEEKLY UPDATES: The District website www.emeraldcityspeech.org will be updated after each tournament. If you have a qualifier, you have three weeks after the last day of the tournament to notify the chair via email. Late and last-minute qualification notifications are invalid. Please say the student’s name, and exactly how he/she qualified. (Example: “Mary McGillicuddy has provisionally qualified for state in Oratory by finishing second at Federal Way.”)
District Two has a specific number of allotted slots in each event for state. There are three possibilities we could face at the end of our final regular season qualifying meet. One is that we have the perfect number qualified, for which we would be sincerely thankful. More likely, however, is that we will have qualified too many or too few for state.
TOO MANY: If there are too many qualifiers, we will first automatically award bids to any students who have qualified at more than one meet in order of the total number of bids received. Among the remainder, the District 2 playoff meet (Interlake) will be used to determine slots by order of finish. Ties in IEs will be broken by considering reciprocals, judges’ preference, and a playoff (in that order).
NOT ENOUGH: If there are not enough qualifiers, all students who have met state qualifying standards will automatically be admitted to state. The remaining slots will be awarded at the District 2 playoff meet (Interlake) by order of finish. Ties in IEs will be broken by considering reciprocals, judges’ preference, and a playoff (in that order).
IF AFTER INTERLAKE THERE ARE STILL OPEN SLOTS IN AN EVENT, THEY WILL BE OPEN TO CLAIM BY:
--Any student who has been a semifinalist or finalist at any meet in its highest division.
--Any student who has competed in an event at three or more meets at the highest division.
IN THE EVENT CLAIMS EXCEED SLOTS, ROUNDS FOR PLAYOFF MAY BE REQUIRED, TO BE SCHEDULED BY DISTRICT CHAIRS.
ALL OFFICIAL, WSFA-SANCTIONED MEETS ARE DISTRICT 2 QUALIFIERS AT THE FIRST % AWARD OR FIRST AWARDED BREAK, PROVIDED THAT THEY MEET THE NUMERICAL MINIMUMS (PARTICIPATING IN AT LEAST ONE ROUND) BELOW.
ALL OFFICIAL, STATE-SANCTIONED MEETS ARE DISTRICT 2 QUALIFIERS AT THE FOLLOWING LEVELS, PROVIDED THAT THEY MEET THE NUMERICAL MINIMUMS (PARTICIPATING IN AT LEAST ONE ROUND):
-16 or fewer -- 1st and 2nd place, or break to Finals
-17 to 30 -- all teams that break to declared semis or finals
-31 to 45 -- all teams that break to declared quarters
-46+ -- first declared break
ALL OFFICIAL, STATE-SANCTIONED MEETS ARE DISTRICT 2 QUALIFIERS IN CONGRESS AS FOLLOWS:
Please do not hesitate to contact Zoe with any questions you may have. Thank you, and have a great season.