May 8, 2017 - By a vote of 144 in favor to 16 against, with 5 abstentions, the amendment has passed.
May 1, 2017 - TFA EC IQT Calendar Amendment BALLOT (https://goo.gl/forms/GF2lbEslkN3BW4V92). **Voting closes at Noon CST on Friday, May 5th.
April 18, 2017 - *PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL*-
Voting will take place starting May 1st and ending May 5th via a google form that will be distributed late next week.
Page 58, Number 3:
The tournament shall be held between the dates of the weekend following the 4th Monday in August and the second weekend in February. No qualifying tournament can be held on the dates of the TSCA convention. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the Executive Council shall be granted authority to alter the qualifying requirements, in regions so affected, so as not to affect the ability to host the State Tournament on its pre-determined weekend.
The tournament shall be held between the dates set by the Executive Council. The Executive Council shall not permit more than 21 tournament weekends in a competition year. The Executive Council may, at its discretion, prohibit tournaments being held on select weekends. No qualifying tournament can be held on the dates of the TSCA convention. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the Executive Council shall be granted authority to alter the qualifying requirements, in regions so affected, so as not to affect the ability to host the State Tournament on its pre-determined weekend.
Aside from allowing the EC some flexibility when the academic calendar shifts, it allows the EC to prohibit the hosting of tournaments on weekends like Black Friday and during winter holidays. We currently try to accommodate 25 weekends between the 4th Monday of August and the 2nd weekend of February, minus convention, thanksgiving, and two for winter break.
March 21, 2017 - For all of our early planners: The online 2017/18 IQT Application is now updated and LIVE at the link to the right of your screen under "Membership."
February 5, 2017 - Be sure you're noting the TFA STATE TOURNAMENT DEADLINES that are coming up so that your students are registered & ready for a great time in Plano! The first deadline is coming right up on Feb. 15 - Check your Team's IQT Points HERE, send any CORRECTIONS to points HERE, and all of the State deadlines HERE.
!!DEADLINE ALERT!! - In order to bring your qualified students to TFA State, all TSCA/TFA dues must be paid by JANUARY 31st!
January 3, 2017 - State Hotel info & booking link is currently available. Updates will be made frequently to the TFA STATE page, as the Tournament draws near. Please continue to check back here often!
January 3, 2017 - Please visit the CONGRESS PAGE for updated spring/state Docket with formatting corrections.
January 1, 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Best of luck at our remaining tournaments this semester!
December 2, 2016 - The Spring/State 2017 Congress docket is now available on the CONGRESS PAGE.
October 14, 2016 - *REMINDER* - Deadline to submit Congress bills and/or resolutions for Spring/State semester is Tuesday, November 1st. *Send in CORRECT FORMAT (see CONGRESS PAGE for templates) to Cheryl Potts at Email: Cheryl.Potts@pisd.edu.
October 7, 2016 - Final MINUTES from the TFA Business Meetings on Thursday and Friday evenings at the TSCA/TFA 2016 Convention in San Antonio, are posted below in the Minutes section. *Please have SAFE TRAVELS home, and we will see you again next year at the Houston Omni Westside in 2017!
October 7, 2016 - Additional Amendments, adding POI as a qualifying event.
October 7, 2016 - New agenda items for TFA Business Meeting #2 at 7:30pm, *Congress and WiFi in Debate wording is below.
October 6, 2016 - MINUTES from tonight's TFA Business Meeting #1 are available in the Minutes section below. Items in Bold were discussed, other items are recessed until tomorrow's second meeting.
October 6, 2016 - Additional amendment below.
October 2, 2016 - The TIME for our first TFA Business Meeting on Thursday night of Convention has CHANGED TO 7:30pm.
September 24, 2016 - The following amendments have been submitted after the September 22 deadline, and will require a 2/3 vote at the October 6 TFA Business Meeting.
September 24, 2016 - Please review the updated TFA constitutional amendments below. *Send any corrections ASAP to BrandenburgDebate@gmail.com. Please plan to attend our first TFA Business Meeting will be held Thursday, October 6 at 8:00pm in the Omni Grand Ballroom (full Convention Program draft can be found at http://etsca.com/convention.asp. See you in San Antonio!
September 20, 2016 - Coaches! Your current seniors will have the opportunity to audition for college programs this year at TSCA!! The auditions/interviews will be Saturday, October 8 from 9:00am-1:00pm. You can register online at http://www.etsca.com/convention.asp using the link under 2016 Open Auditions.
September 11, 2016 - Officer elections at this year's Convention will be for Secretary, Vice President, and Region Reps for regions 1, 3, and 5. More details are in the Sept. 8 Minutes posted below, but please email your intention to run for Secretary or VP to BrandenburgDebate@gmail.com, and if you'd like to run for 1,3,5 Region Reps, please email your current Region Rep.
September 11, 2016 - Proposed Amendments received to this point are below. If you have further amendments to propose, they will need to be submitted by September 22, otherwise, they will require a 2/3 majority if received after that date. *Please mail amendments to TFA Secretary at BrandenburgDebate@gmail.com with Amendment Title in the subject line.
September 7, 2016 - The TFA EC would like to congratulate the newest Hall of Fame inductees: Tim Cook, Terri Robinson, Connie McKee, and Sally Squibb!
August 27, 2016 - TSCA/TFA Convention:
Date : October 6-8, 2016
Location : Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade
San Antonio, TX 78230, (210) 691-8888
Room Reservation Deadline : 5:00pm on Monday, September 12, 2016. Please ask for TSCA convention room rate when making your reservation.
Click here to reserve rooms at the Omni
Cost : $150 (Sustaining Membership)
Luncheon : $20
Registration deadline for convention: October 6, 2016 (first day of convention). Pre-registration is not required.
August 26, 2016 - To EC Members: Online EC meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm CST, beginning September 6.
August 24, 2016 - ALL TOURNAMENT HOSTS!!! Please remember you must PAY your TFA/TSCA DUES before October 31st. *Regular school or individual membership is due by January 31, 2017 (However, if you are attending TSCA Convention, it's best to pay before then).
CLICK HERE for explanation of which membership to choose when joining TSCA/TFA and paying dues.
August 24, 2016 - The 2016-17 JOT-IQT-linked TOURNAMENT CALENDAR can be found by clicking the blue "Tournaments" link above. Best of luck if you're competing this first weekend! *REMINDER: to be sure to go over the *NEW* IQT Chart under "Quick Links" section for slight changes in qualifying for TFA State. Have a great tournament season ahead!
August 12, 2016 - WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL! *If you are a new Coach, or have moved to another school from last year, please notify your REGION REP with your new contact information. Have a successful and amazing year & tournament season ahead!
August 7, 2016 - The tentative IQT Calendar is now active at the blue TOURNAMENTS link above.
July 31, 2016 - The "TOURNAMENTS" link above will be active when the updated IQT calendar is complete with links through JOT. Until then, please visit the tentative calendar HERE. Thank you for your patience as we update!
July 30, 2016 - The Executive Council, with newly-elected President, Noah Recker (Region 3), and including guest JOT owner, Brent Hinkle, met in San Antonio July 22-23 to discuss various issues, set the 2017 State Tournament location, and other items. Minutes from the officer retreat, as well as the newest version of the TFA State Qualification chart, are posted on this page. *NOTE: IQT calendar items will again be under JOT control and linked to IQT reports, so that page is being edited and updated soon. In the meantime, the tentative calendar can be found HERE.
**We hope everyone has a wonderful new school and tournament season 2016-17!!
July 19, 2016 - The TFA EC will be attending their annual Officer Retreat this weekend, July 22-23, 2016 in San Antonio. *Please let your Region Reps know if there are item(s) you would like to see added to the Agenda for discussion and/or vote.
*Deadline for TOURNAMENT HOSTS to pay TFA membership dues is
October 31 each year.
*Deadline for regular membership in TFA/TSCA is January 31 each year.
The 2016 TFA Speech, Interp & Debate
State Champions - VIEW RESULTS
Meetings, Minutes and Newsletters
The best way to sound like you know what you're talking about, is to know what you're talking about...