State Qualification Procedures

General

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.        

Speech Events (DI/DUO/EXT/EXP/HI/IR/OO/IMP)

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. 


 

Debate (CX/LD/PF)

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 


    

Student Congress

ALL OFFICIAL, STATE-SANCTIONED MEETS ARE DISTRICT 2 QUALIFIERS IN CONGRESS AS FOLLOWS: 

  • To be a State qualifying meet, each tournament must meet State minimums of 12 schools competing at the meet (8 if the tournament is hosted by a District 2 member school) and 16 entries in Congress, always in the event’s highest division. 
  • If the tournament meets the minimum entry requirements and does NOT hold a Super Congress, a state bid will be issued to the students finishing in the top 3 in their respective chambers. No bid will be awarded for top PO. 
  • If the tournament meets the minimum entry requirements and does hold a Super Congress, a state bid will be awarded to the top 6 finishers in the Super Congress, as well as to the student selected as the top PO. 
  • A Super Congress must have a minimum of 12 competitors. 
  • A student can earn no more than one state bid at any one tournament. Winning top PO AND placing in the top 6 at the same tournament results in one bid. 
  • If a student advances to Super Congress but does not place in the top 6 they are awarded one leg. Two legs earned over the course of a season allows the student the right to compete for a slot to the State tournament at the designated District 2 runoff tournament.
  • The competitor/competitors with the highest number of bids during the regular season have secured their state slots and are not required to attend the district run-off tournament. Students with at least one bid are eligible to compete for the remaining slots at the designated District 2 runoff tournament at the end of the season. 
  • If the number of state slots is filled or surpassed by students who have passed the highest bid threshold, the district runoff tournament will be open only to them. Only ranking at the runoff will determine the awarding and order of the bids. 
  • The District Runoff Tournament - Students who have earned the right to compete at the district runoff will enter the competition with clean slates. Only ranking at the runoff will determine who the remaining slots go to. 
  • In the event of a tie (for the students who have secured their slots), the ranking will be set according to the following hierarchy: 
    • First tiebreaker: Head-to-head record at tournaments during the regular season. 
    • In the extremely rare event that this tiebreaker is not sufficient to resolve the tie, the coaches of the tied students will arrange a suitable contest to determine who advances. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Zoe with any questions you may have. Thank you, and have a great season.