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What to bring and what to wear to a forensics tournament

For many first-time forensics competitors, attending your first tournament can be nerve-wracking. This solution will include: what to bring, what to wear, and how to handle the schedule for your first tournament.

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You can usually tell who the first-timers are at a forensics tournament. Since you will know what most green competitors look like, you can be more aware of your own actions and avoid falling into that same trap.
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<br>Every forensics tournament is usually hosted by a high school or college and the rounds take place in a typical classroom, similar to the rooms you already learn in at your own school.
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<br>The Typical Schedule
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<br>A forensics tournament schedule can vary from tournament to tournament - knowing the exact time each round begins is up to you to find out. Usually, there are two or three preliminary rounds (each competitor gets to compete against 4 or 5 other competitiors in one classroom).
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<br>Before you start the first preliminary round, take a moment to see how much time you are given between each round. Is it thirty minutes, or five minutes? Give yourself a chance to plan how you will handle the time you are given. If you are running behind, don't run to your room - walk. Keep your breathing deep and regulated so it won't affect your performance (Have you ever tried to act or give a speech when you are out of breath? Not a good idea!). Remember, the judges want to see your very best. If they must wait an extra minute or two for you to prepare yourself physically, that's fine.
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<br>Essential Items to Bring
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<br>Above everything else, ...

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