TournamentsPoliciesTournament Registration Registration will open for all eligible competitors 45 days before each tournament, and close three to four weeks before the tournament date. After registration closes, students will not be allowed to add speech or debate events. VFA membership is not required for 2017-2018 competitions, however, it will be required for the future competitive seasons. Dress Code The spirit of the dress code is modesty. The goal is to minimize the focus on the body or outward appearance and maximize the focus on the development of communication skills. Professional attire (i.e. a suit) is highly recommended for all competitors. Alternatively, a dress shirt, slacks and tie for young men, and professional dress or skirt/blouse for young ladies is also allowed. Facility We are very grateful to our host facilities for opening their doors for our competitions each year. All participants must stay inside the designated areas of the facility and treat the staff and property with the utmost honor and respect. Parents are financially responsible for any damage to the facilities caused by their children. Participation All parents and competitors should anticipate being actively involved for the duration of the tournament. Competitors who are unable to participate for the full duration of a tournament should not register. Parental Responsibilities All competitors and siblings, regardless of age, must be accompanied and supervised by their parent throughout the entire tournament. Parents are responsible for helping their competitor(s) find their way to their competition rooms on time, stay well nourished throughout the day, and most importantly, giving their students the encouragement and support that they need. Parents and siblings are welcome to watch students perform their speeches. Audience members must remain quiet with no distractions to allow all competitors to do their very best. Parent Judges At least one parent of each competitor is required to judge 3 or more rounds of competition at each tournament. Speech parents are encouraged to judge debate, and debate parents are encouraged to judge speech rounds. Check-in Students are required to check-in with their parent between 3:00-4:00pm on the first day of the tournament, and at 7:00am the second day of the tournament. Students must be in tournament attire. Be sure to allow sufficient travel time so that you are not late. Students will perform at a much higher level when they have time to assimilate the environment, and the order of the competition. Failure to check in by 7:20am will result in automatic removal from the tournament (no exceptions). At Check-in, students will be asked to confirm the events they are registered to compete in. All students and parents will receive their name-tags, which they are required to wear throughout the tournament for security purposes. Mandatory Orientation All competitors and their parents are required to attend the Mandatory Orientation at 4:00pm on day 1 of the tournament, and at 7:20am on day 2, where students and parents will be given instruction on where to find competition rooms, postings for each round, and other important information. Plan to arrive early and find a seat before orientation begins. Food Students are to bring plenty of water, light snacks, and food to stay nourished and energetic throughout the day. Lunch and dinner breaks are not included on the tournament schedule, and there won’t be time to leave to get outside food. Students will have free time to eat the food they brought with them after they have delivered their speeches and during the rounds they are not competing in. Code of Conduct Tournament participants are to exhibit a respectful, kind, and polite attitude toward others at all times. Disrespectful behavior toward tournament officials or other competitors will be grounds for disqualification. Speech Rules All speeches must be in compliance with the rules governing each speech event (see Speech Events & Rules). Speech topics and content must be appropriate for general audiences. Explicit material or vulgarity is strictly prohibited. Speech competitors must have a type-written copy of their platform and interpretation scripts at the tournament (in the building), in case a tournament official needs to check it for compliance. Failure to produce the type-written script upon request will result in disqualification from the event in question. Debate Rules All debate competitors must comply with the rules governing the style of debate that they are competing in (see Debate Events & Rules). Debate competitors must have a type-written copy of evidence that they cite in a round, in case a tournament official needs to check it for compliance. Recordings Parents may record their own students if it does not distract from their performance during competition. Non-Refundable Fees Tournament registration fees are not refundable and not transferable – your registration is your commitment that your student will participate in their registered events. A tremendous amount of work goes into hosting a tournament. Our policy enables us to plan for the number of students that will be attending, providing the best possible experience for all participants. Awards Ceremony Tournaments will conclude with an Awards Ceremony where top competitors in each event are recognized and awarded trophies/medals to honor their accomplishment. All competitors must remain in tournament attire until the end of the awards ceremony. Ballots At the end of the Awards Ceremony, all competitors will receive a copy of their ballots which provide valuable judges’ feedback on areas students did well, and areas to continue to improve. Ballots are not available until the end of the Awards Ceremony. Release of Liability Veritas Forensics Association, our staff, and our host facilities are released from all liability in the event of accident or injury while participating in speech and debate training and competition. We look forward to welcoming your family to an exciting tournament experience!