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NFL International Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 4

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the International Extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the first of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in International Extemp.

Topic Area #10:   The Middle East
Topic Area #11:  Russia and Former USSR Satellite States
Topic Area #12:  US Foreign Policy:  The Foreign Perspective
Topic Area #13:  The World Economy

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

NFL International Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 3

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the International Extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the first of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in International Extemp.

Topic Area #7:  India, Pakistan, and Southeast Asia
Topic Area #8:  The International Community:  The Transition from 2000 to 2010
Topic Area #9:  International Organizations & Global Challenges

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

NFL International Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 2

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the International Extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the first of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in International Extemp.

Topic Area #4:  China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Koreas
Topic Area #5:  Energy and the Environment
Topic Area #6:  Europe

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

NFL International Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 1

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the International Extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the first of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in International Extemp.

Topic Area #1:  Africa
Topic Area #2:  Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean
Topic Area #3:  Central and South America

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

NFL International Extemp Topic Area Analysis, A Guide

by Logan Scisco

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the International extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

This is the third time that Extemp Central has broken down the topic areas in International extemp for NFL.  Last year, IX runner-up Omar Qureshi broke down the IX topic areas and extempers would be wise to consult this topic area analysis as well as Omar’s thoughts, which can be found in last year’s NFL edition of The Ex Files.

If you are in the International extemp field for NFL you will be facing some of the toughest competition in the nation.  Although anyone who makes the NFL national tournament is a talented speaker and has earned their way into the field, International extemp tends to have a better field than United States extemp.  In looking at the National Points Race, most of the top ten are in International extemp at this year’s tournament so if you have chosen to do International extemp you will be in the midst of very elite competition and will be competing against extempers who have proven themselves at previous national circuit events during the year.

As with the CFL topic area analysis, this topic area analysis is meant to provide some insight into the thirteen topic areas that International extempers will encounter at the national tournament.  According to some reports, a new batch of question writers will be putting together this year’s topics, which will hopefully eliminate the ridiculous questions seen in last year’s final round such as “Yes we can.  Or can we?”  Since I am putting together the USX and IX topic area analysis this year and because thirteen topic areas cover a lot of ground, this year’s topic area analysis will have a brief paragraph summary explaining each topic area and then there will be bulleted points detailing issues that extempers might confront in each topic area.  Keep in mind, this topic brief is not sanctioned by the National Forensic League and I am not on any panels to write questions for the tournament.  My analysis of these topic areas is through my years of experience competing at the tournament and judging rounds and merely predicts what you will encounter in the prep room in Kansas City.  Unlike previous years this topic brief will not contain practice questions.  This is because of the timing of the release of this topic area analysis and other constraints upon the writer.  Instead, this week there will be thirteen questions for USX and IX, one for each topic area.  Extempers can also look back at previous week’s questions on the site to help prepare them for the tournament.  I apologize for any inconvenience that might cause.

NFL US Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 4

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the United States extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the final installment of our four-part series, we explore four of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in United States Extemp.

Topic Area #10:  National Security and Homeland Security
Topic Area #11:  The Obama Administration
Topic Area #12:  State and Local Politics:  Major Elections, Budgets, Welfare, and Immigration Issues
Topic Area #13:  U.S. Policies, Programs, and Regulatory Policy

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

NFL US Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 3

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the United States extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the third of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in United States Extemp.

Topic Area #7:  Education
Topic Area #8:  Energy & the Environment
Topic Area #9:  Health Care Reform

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

NFL US Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 2

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the United States extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the second of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in United States Extemp.

Topic Area #4:  America:  The Path from 2000 to 2010
Topic Area #5:  The American Judiciary:  Nominations, Recent Cases, and Theoretical Approaches
Topic Area #6:  The Banking Crisis and American Business

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

NFL US Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 1

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the United States extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the first of our four-part series, we explore three of the thirteen topic areas at the 2010 NFL National Tournament in United States Extemp.

Topic Area #1:  The 2010 and 2012 Elections
Topic Area #2:  The American Economy:  Economic Theory and Core Economic Policymaking
Topic Area #3:  American Foreign Policy:  Theoretical Questions and Ongoing Foreign Engagements

Keep reading to explore these areas in further depth.

NFL US Extemp Topic Area Analysis, A Guide

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the United States extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.

Since this is my third year writing a topic area analysis for the NFL National tournament for the website, I’ll rehash my thoughts about why I think United States extemp is more difficult than International extemp.  These thoughts were printed in last season’s topic area analysis:

First, it is very difficult to write thirteen rounds of questions about the United States. Yes, we are a great country and many of the things that take place here establish policy that significantly alters the globe. However, trying to come up with nearly thirty questions per round about issues only in the United States is very difficult. This is compounded by a problem all extempers are familiar with at some local tournaments: a lack of quality questions. I remember senior year the first question I drew was “Why does the right hate public education?” I also have encountered questions about whether prisoners should have to work, questions about timber companies, and questions about water problems in Utah. All of these questions show that there is a depth to U.S. extemp that can get very nit picky and there might come a time in the tournament when an extemper is going to be forced to talk about an issue they may never have heard of or not have a lot of substantial material to support a speech in their file boxes.

CFL Nationals Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 3

This weekend extempers will converge on Omaha, Nebraska for the 2010 Catholic Forensic League Grand National tournament. Each year, Extemp Central provides an analysis of the topic areas that will be used at Catholic Forensic League and National Forensic League Nationals. These analyses are meant to help extempers identify issues that could arise during a round and offer a few tips on dealing with each topic area. Also, the analyses provide practice questions so that extempers can do practice outlines or speeches for each topic area before the tournament.

Topics Areas addressed in this post:

Topic Area #7: Labor, Treasury and Commerce

Topic Area #8: Justice and The Supreme Court

Topic Area #9: Homeland Security, Defense and Veterans Affairs

CFL Nationals Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 2

This weekend extempers will converge on Omaha, Nebraska for the 2010 Catholic Forensic League Grand National tournament. Each year, Extemp Central provides an analysis of the topic areas that will be used at Catholic Forensic League and National Forensic League Nationals. These analyses are meant to help extempers identify issues that could arise during a round and offer a few tips on dealing with each topic area. Also, the analyses provide practice questions so that extempers can do practice outlines or speeches for each topic area before the tournament.

Topics Areas addressed in this post:

Topic Area #4: The State Department

Topic Area #5: Agriculture, Interior, Energy and Transportation

Topic Area #6: Education, Health & Human Services and Housing & Urban Development

CFL Nationals Extemp Topic Area Analysis, Part 1

This weekend extempers will converge on Omaha, Nebraska for the 2010 Catholic Forensic League Grand National tournament. Each year, Extemp Central provides an analysis of the topic areas that will be used at Catholic Forensic League and National Forensic League Nationals. These analyses are meant to help extempers identify issues that could arise during a round and offer a few tips on dealing with each topic area. Also, the analyses provide practice questions so that extempers can do practice outlines or speeches for each topic area before the tournament.

Topics Areas addressed in this post:

Topic Area #1: Americas, Non-U.S.

Topic Area #2: Europe and Asia

Topic Area #3: Africa, Austrailia and Oceania

Introduction to Extemp Central’s 2010 CFL Nationals Extemp Topic Area Analysis

By Logan Scisco

This weekend extempers will converge on Omaha, Nebraska for the 2010 Catholic Forensic League Grand National tournament.  Each year, Extemp Central provides an analysis of the topic areas that will be used at Catholic Forensic League and National Forensic League Nationals.  These analyses are meant to help extempers identify issues that could arise during a round and offer a few tips on dealing with each topic area.  Also, the analyses provide practice questions so that extempers can do practice outlines or speeches for each topic area before the tournament.

Before going into each topic area, it is important to give an overview of the tournament for extempers who have never been before.  CFL Nationals takes place over two days, with four rounds of competition on each day.  On the first day, four preliminary rounds are held and each round is adjudicated by three judges.  The forty-eight extempers with the lowest cumulative scores advance to octo-finals the next day and the field is halved over another three rounds until a final field of six is set.  All outrounds, with the exception of finals, are adjudicated by three judges.  Finals has five judges.  The tournament is not cumulative until finals.  To determine the winner, CFL has an interesting formula where preliminary ranks do not matter (like NFL), and extempers earn a “rank” for octos, quarters, and semis.  What this means is that if you go 1-2-2 and have the best score in your octo-final round you earn a 1 (and if you went (2-1-3 in that round and finished behind the speaker who earned a 1-2-2 you would earn a 2).  All of the judges scores in finals count into your cumulative score so the extemper who has the lowest cumulative score across eight ballots wins.  Keep in mind that with this formula it is important, but not necessarily vital, for you to win all of your elimination rounds.  As an example, when I was in the 2003 CFL final round, I had finished third in my octofinal round and then second in quarters and semis.  Other competitors in the round like the eventual winner Greg Wagman had won their octo, quarter, and semi rounds.  Therefore, entering the final I was already four ranks behind.  If you win all of your elimination rounds heading into the final you will have a slight advantage, but if you bomb the final round, where over sixty percent of your scores come from, then you won’t walk out of Omaha with the national championship.

2009 NFL (NSDA) Nationals United States Extemp Topic Area Analysis

topicbriefBy Colin West & Logan Scisco

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Due to some topic areas being reused on a yearly basis by the National Forensic League, some of Colin’s analysis that appeared on Extemp Central’s website last year was pieced into this topic area analysis.

As was done for the Catholic Forensic League (CFL) national tournament, Extemp Central provides you with this topic area analysis for the United States extemp portion of next week’s NFL national tournament in Birmingham, Alabama.  While it appears this year that there will be a stronger overall pool of talent in International extemp, conforming to the normal pattern of the last decade that does not mean that International extemp is the harder tournament to navigate.

When people ask me which area of extemp I think is harder to win at NFL, I always answer United States extemp.  My decision could be biased, as I did United States extemp all four years (although I regret never dabbling in International extemp), but I do believe that United States extemp has more variables tied into achieving a high level of performance than International extemp for two reasons.

First, it is very difficult to write thirteen rounds of questions about the United States.  Yes, we are a great country and many of the things that take place here establish policy that significantly alters the globe.  However, trying to come up with nearly thirty questions per round about issues only in the United States is very difficult.  This is compounded by a problem all extempers are familiar with at some local tournaments:  a lack of quality questions.  I remember senior year the first question I drew was “Why does the right hate public education?”  I also have encountered questions about whether prisoners should have to work, questions about timber companies, and questions about water problems in Utah.  All of these questions show that there is a depth to U.S. extemp that can get very nit picky and there might come a time in the tournament when an extemper is going to be forced to talk about an issue they may never have heard of or not have a lot of substantial material to support a speech in their file boxes.

Second, most judges are more familiar with topics found in U.S. extemp rounds than International extemp rounds.  If an informal poll was conducted at the national tournament, I would be willing to bet that there are more judges who know about the current Supreme Court nominee than about Britain’s expenses scandal.  This presents U.S. extempers with two issues.  The first issue is that judges are going to be somewhat aware of what you are talking about so it is harder for those extempers to “b.s.” their way through rounds (although that may work to many educated competitors advantage).  Another issue is that for some topics, such as abortion, affirmative action, etc. that are quite controversial, judges have biases that are tough to shake.  I remember drawing abortion, Title IX, and slave reparations in round ten of NFL my junior year and I am convinced that the bad topic draw I achieved in that round and the biases my judges were bound to have, was part of the reason why my cumulative score took a hit.

To assist extempers to navigating the tournament, this topic area analysis hopes to serve as a preview of what extempers can expect to see in each round and provide some practice questions so they can be ready for next week’s event.  Keep in mind, these are only predictions and opinions of the writers based on our prior experiences at the tournament.  We can be wrong, but I would like to say that most of our predictions about last year’s topics (and my prediction about the Health topic being the CFL semi-final or final topic area) were right.

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