As we are all well aware, the National Qualifier tournament is just around the corner, which means tensions are mounting to an all-time high. The Qualifier isn’t just a last tournament for many of us (whether it be the last of a career or just a singular year) it’s the tournament that forms the Arizona team for Nationals. Certainly everyone wants to qualify, but that can’t happen for everyone. We can work together as a circuit, however, to ensure that this does happen.
Please be aware of what your school’s current strength is. This is what determines how many students can go to the qualifier from your school. Note that this does NOT include congress entries. The District Tournament Manual from 2006 indicates that if your current strength (degrees and members) falls between 81 and 90, then you can take 19 entries to the district tournament. If you utilize what I like to call the ‘bonus entries clause’ then you can actually take 36 entries to the tournament. Here’s how that works:
Spread your 19 entries evenly between all events offered at the qualifier. Barring the one extra, you should now have two entries in each event (duo events count as one entry per team). As per the ‘bonus entries clause’, if the two teams you have entered compete in at least one round at the tournament, you’re able to enter up to four entries in each event. Please double check this with your coaches, but as far as I’ve read the manual, that’s how it works.
Why is this important? If all schools that are able to utilize this clause to take full slates in all events, we can qualify more students in each event. Generally duo,, drama, and humor are the events that receive the most “fillers”—people going to help make sure that 3 (or 4) qualify in the event. Why not take advantage of this clause and send at least 58 entries in EACH event to the tournament—thus producing the largest (and most nationally competitive) team from the AZ circuit? It’s worth a try, guys!
PLEASE, send full slates! Send fillers in events like domestic extemp, foreign extemp, oratory, and policy! These events need the most help to get to their maximum qualifier levels:
Speech, and L/D
4-11 entrants - 1 qualifier
12-37 entrants - 2 qualifiers
38--57 entrants - 3 qualifiers
58+ entrants - 4 qualifiers
Team Debate and Duo
4-9 Teams - 1 qualifier
10-29 Teams - 2 qualifiers
30-49 Teams - 3 qualifiers
50+ Teams - 4 qualifiers
This is our chance to show the national circuit what we’ve got! Pester your coaches, enter your points, and take full slates if you can! Don’t be embarrassed about taking a filler, because they help the state in the long run anyway.
I can assure you that Dobson will be taking a full slate. Is anybody with me?