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UPDATE: All team competition slots are now full. This link should be used to sign up for support roles such as role player, facilitator, judge or as an observer. Teams who are signed up to compete should use this link to register specific team members for their teams. 

Come participate in The Western States Hostage Negotiators’ Association Seventh Annual Crisis Negotiation Competition. A negotiation competition is an event in which several negotiation teams each participate (separately and simultaneously) in an identical scenario, on the same property but from their own negotiation operations centers (NOC).  The NOC may be a room provided for each team or the team’s response vehicle if so chosen.

In order to be added to the competition, attendees must register for the 2020 WSHNA Seminar at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/34th-annual-wshna-training-seminar-hnt-competition-registration-70141568319 . However, initial registration for the competition will be allowed prior to WSHNA payment in an effort to plan for team involvement.

This will be an excellent training opportunity. While there will be trophies awarded, all are encouraged to focus on the training value and not the trophies. For teams that compete, the competitive nature of the event adds additional stress which helps make the training more realistic. It is also a training opportunity for those who role play, judge, help facilitate or simply observe. There is great value in seeing how teams of different sizes and backgrounds each address the same scenario in their own unique ways.

Each team will be assigned a pool of judges (usually two or three judges) who will use standardized scoring forms to provide written feedback and an overall score. These scores are compared to the scores of the other teams, and teams are ranked first, second, third. Teams will be given their scoring forms at the end of the event. Teams may participate in the competition exercise and chose to have their scores withheld, if they do not want to actually “compete.”

Teams are encouraged to prepare for the competition because the judging criteria for the competition are based on the nationally recognized principles of sound negotiation practices. Practicing to do well in each category will improve a team’s performance during actual critical incidents. Teams may request the competition judging forms in advance as well as other forms which will be used during the competition. To do so, contact the competition organizer. Additionally, for teams that sign up to compete, a practice scenario can be provided to allow teams to practice in advance of the event.

Team size will be limited to six competing members per team.

Only ten teams will be allowed to compete, so do not delay in registering your team.

Download the competition FAQ here: 2020 WSHNA Competition FAQ