The Texas Points Race serves as the only metric at the state level to gauge the performance of a competitor across an entire year of local, state, and national tournaments. Updates to the state of the race–as well as the top 25 extempers by our metrics–will be posted monthly to keep competitors informed on their standings. While we do not claim to offer the definitive rankings of extempers across Texas, we hope to provide a thorough resource to measure year-long performance.
Each local tournament will be sorted into 3 tiers for the purpose of allocating points based on the difficulty of their fields. Tier 1 represents the most difficult of local-level tournaments, of which Grapevine and St. Mark’s would qualify.
Tier 1 local tournaments will award 10 points for the champions of FX and DX, 5 points for the 2nd and 3rd place competitors, and 2 points for the remaining finalists.
Tier 2 local tournaments will award 5 points for the champions of FX and DX, 2 points for the 2nd and 3rd place competitors, and 1 point for the remaining finalists.
Tier 3 local tournaments will award 2 points for the champions of FX and DX, and 1 point for the 2nd and 3rd place competitors.
How are the Tiers determined?
We will be using a system as such until we find one that is more representative of difficulty levels: a Tier 1 tournament shall have a finals round that has an average Points Race Rank (PRR) of 25 or less. A Tier 2 tournament shall have a finals round with an average PRR of 25-50. A Tier 3 tournament will have a finals round with an average PRR above 50.
Each season consists of three tournaments considered to be at the state level, in which arguably the state’s best extempers compete in a single forum. These three tournaments are the University of Texas tournament in December, the Capital City Round Robin in February, and TFA State in March. Given the more prestigious nature of these competitions, points will be awarded as follows:
State Champion: 40 points
State Top Three: 30 points
State Finalist: 20 points
State Semi-Finalist: 10 points
As a note, the top eight competitors (exhibition round extempers and judges) at the Cap City Round Robin are considered to be state finalists, with the top three and champion to be obviously awarded duly for their placements. The bottom eight competitors will be considered state semi-finalists.
As for local tournaments, there will be three tiers of national-level tournaments. Obviously not all Texas extempers compete at these tournaments, nor is the field entirely Texas-based, but for the sake of a points race, it would be inaccurate to exclude the national circuit. Tier 1 represents the most prestigious national tournaments, while tier 3 represents national tournaments with smaller and/or easier fields. Note that these tiers are largely based off of those used at Extemp Central, and are subject to change. Email us if you believe there is a major inconsistency here.
Tier 1: NSDA Nationals (FX and DX), The MBA, Harvard, Glenbrooks, The Extemp TOC
This tier represents the hardest and most prestigious tournaments on the national level. Points will be awarded as follows: National Champion: 100 points, Top Three: 75 points, National Finalist: 60 points, National Semifinalist: 40 points.
Tier 2: The UKTOC, Yale, The George Mason Patriot Games, CFL Nationals, Berkeley
This tier represents difficult national-level tournaments that either do not have the prestige or competitor base as those tournaments in tier 1. Points will be awarded as follows: Champion: 60 points, Top Three: 50 Points, Finalist: 40 points, Semi-Finalist: 25 points.
Tier 3: Wake Forest, Florida Blue Key, Barkley Forum, MLK Invitational, Stanford, Sunvite
This tier represents national-level tournaments that while difficult still lack a large or competitive enough field to be deemed in the above two tiers. Points will be awarded as follows: Champion: 40 points, Top Three: 30 points, Finalist: 20 points.