"FROM VERITAS... CHANDLER LASCH!" -clap- I have a non-speechanddebater friend whose parents judged at Concordia and she was absolutely fascinated by the phenomenon that is the forensics clap. She finds out that I went to a competition, and the first things she asks is, "Did you do the clap?" Not "Oh, how fun! I'm sure you had a blast hanging out with friends and giving speeches. Did you do well?" No. All she cares about is the clap. Don't get me wrong, I love the forensics clap. It's a total time-saver, and everyone gets about the same amount of recognition when their name is called. (Granted, some people get screams, but no one gets a standing ovation just for breaking.) I actually found it really funny and slightly awkward at my first competition when everyone just clapped once, but you get used to it. You're homeschooled, and you're too lazy to clap more than one time per person.