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The TFA Fall 2013 Legislative Docket has now been published on the Congress page.
June 25, 2013
Updates to the tentative tournament calendar for 2013-14 have been released. Click here to view as PDF or EXCEL.
June 4, 2013
Revision to the tentative tournament calendar: the Rising Star/Ranger College tournament will be FRIDAY ONLY. Click here to view as PDF or EXCEL.
May 20, 2013
The tentative tournament calendar for 2013-14 has been released. Click here to view as PDF or EXCEL.
May 9, 2013
2013-14 Committee Appointments have been made. See the Committees page for details.
May 6, 2013
As many of you have already seen or heard, TFA and the speecch community at large suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Janet Melton on Saturday. Her death comes after a short, but fierce battle with cancer. The following services have been planned. When we know about funds set up in her honor, we will post this information on the website.
April 9, 2013
The National Forensic League has provided information regarding the passing of Billy Tate. Please click on this link to locate the most recent news.
April 8, 2013
The following services are being planned in celebration of William (Billy) Woods Tate, Jr.:
April 6, 2013
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of William (Billy) Woods Tate, Jr., beloved member of the speech and debate community, and former National Forensic League President. Billy's contributions to the field of forensics revolutionized the activity and his efforts continue to impact students and coaches daily. A friend to all, always with a positive word and a smile, Billy will be missed. We will post additional details regarding arrangments here as they are made available. Please keep Billy's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
April 2, 2013
In addition to the IQT and TFA membership deadlines, you must also submit your Fall 2013 Congress legislation to Cheryl Potts (2013-2014 Congress Committee Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org. This legislation is due no later than May 1, 2013. Remember, you may submit up to three pieces of legislation to be considered (all of the legislation you are submitting must be sent to Cheryl at one time with no changes sent at a later time, please). Legislation must be typed into one of the NFL templates (easily found at congressionaldebate.org , upper right corner for template downloads) and emailed as a Microsoft Word Document. Legislation that is not typed into the correct template will not be considered by the Congress Committee. Confirmation will be sent upon receipt. The criteria for legislative selection can be found on the Congress page of txfa.org under the heading “Legislation Evaluation.” Submissions must be sent by the TFA member school’s coach/coaches. Each item should have the words Introduced for Congressional Debate by Name of Your School as the last line, for authorship purposes. The legislation that you submit by May 1, 2013 will be considered for the Fall 2013 docket.
March 27, 2013
Please click on the following link to submit your application to host an IQT (Invitational Qualifying Tournament) during the 2013-2014 season. Your application and $50 fee must be received by Jason Warren (TFA Treasurer) on or before May 1, 2013 in order to be considered. After you have filled out the required information in the application and clicked the button to submit, you will receive a notification that reminds you to mail the $50 application fee to Mr. Warren. Only applications submitted through this format (a google doc) will be considered. If you need assistance, please contact your region's representative, Jason Warren, or Joseph Uhler.
February 7, 2013
The State Newsletter is now available. Click here to read.
November 29, 2012
Spring Legislation has been posted. See the Congress page to download.
November 27, 2012
The list of schools eligible for Student Congress participation at the 2013 State Tournament is now available. Click here to view.
November 3, 2012
The EC has voted to extend the Congress legislation deadline to 4:00 PM CST on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. No legislation will be accepted after that time.
October 15, 2012
On October 11-12, 2012, at the TFA General Assemblies the following legislation was addressed. Votes are recorded below. All legislation goes into immediate implementation, unless noted. Additional details will be provided later this week on the website.
Extemporaneous Speaking (Executive Council) - PASSED with modifications: no visual aids, contestant must provide topic to judge, and violation will disqualify student from event.
Additional new business PASSED:
A Presidential appointed PF Committee met at convention and all suggestions by the committee were PASSED:
1. Section 2: Procedures and Order of Speeches: "Each debater must give one and only one 4 minute speech, one individual crossfire, and one 2 minute speech and Grand Crossfire in the following order"
Literature Selection Usage (Wendi Brandenburg) -- PASSED: "No student may use the same selection at a tournament in more than one event, but may change events with the selection during a tournament season. No student can use the same selection in more than one tournament year. In addition, a student may not qualify for nor compete with the same selection at the state meet."
Calendar Changes include:
Plano East/MacMillan Swing on 1/4-5/13
Additional details and notes from meetings will be posted on txfa.org soon.