2/6/17 UPDATE -- THE GGSA ALLOCATION HAS BEEN REDUCED IN LD AND POLICY DEBATE -- WE ONLY HAVE 10 SLOTS IN EACH OF THOSE EVENTS. SORRY FOR THE LATE NOTICE.
PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED JUDGE QUOTAS FOR THIS TOURNAMENT LISTED UNDER THE "JUDGE QUOTAS" TAB ABOVE. WE HAVE REDUCED THE QUOTAS WHERE POSSIBLE, BUT PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU MUST HAVE YOUR ENTIRE COMPLEMENT OF JUDGES AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE TOURNAMENT. WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO RELEASE JUDGES ONE ROUND AFTER ALL ENTRIES FROM A SCHOOL ARE ELIMINATED, BUT CANNOT PROMISE TO DO SO.
On Friday and Saturday, February 24 & 25, the Golden Gate Speech Association will be hosting its Debate/Congress State Quals tournament at Dougherty Valley High School, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon, CA 94582.
This tournament is open only to GGSA schools that have paid their 2016-17 GGSA and CHSSA dues. And please note that CHSSA dues must have been paid by Friday, February 10th in order to compete at this tournament.
• The tournament will offer Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate, Team Debate, Public Forum Debate, Parliamentary Debate and Student Congress.
• We will be using the FEBRUARY topics/resolutions in all debate events.
• There are 10 slots available for GGSA teams to go to the state tournament in Team Debate, 10 slots in Lincoln Douglas Debate, 7 slots in Parliamentary Debate and 7 slots in Public Forum Debate. In Student Congress, we have 13 slots plus 2 Presiding Officer slots.
• Entry Limits: For Team Debate, Lincoln Douglas, Parliamentary Debate and Public Forum debate, schools are limited to a maximum entry in each event equal to the number of state tournament slots available (see preceding paragraph). There is no entry limit for Student Congress, subject to the entry prerequisites listed in the next paragraph.
• Entry Prerequisites for Student Congress: In order to compete in Student Congress at state quals, a student must have either previously competed in the Senate division at a GGSA tournament or have finished in the top 3 positions in the House division at a GGSA tournament. However, each school is also allowed three "wild card" entries in Student Congress (students who do not meet the prerequisites).
• New entry procedure for Student Congress: As was discussed at our January 2011 coaches meeting, we will be implementing new procedures to allow schools to "seed" their Student Congress entries. You will see that you have the option of entering Student Congress competitors in one of six different chambers, which allows you to prevent your top competitors from clashing in the same preliminary chamber. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO ADD OR COLLAPSE CHAMBERS, DEPENDING ON TOTAL ENTRIES, SO THE FINAL CHAMBER ASSIGNMENTS MAY DIFFER FROM HOW YOU ENTER THEM.
• We will be attempting to get the first round of debate started as close to schedule as possible (please see detailed tournament schedule as we will have staggered start times for different events). Fifteen minutes after the round is posted, all late teams will forfeit their round.
• Entry fees are $26.50 per Lincoln-Douglas entry, $20 per Student Congress entry, $44 per Parliamentary or Public Forum debate team and $50 per Policy debate team.
• Food will be provided for the students for a fee. Coaches and judges will have food provided for them at no cost.
• Students will be expected to dress appropriately, ties and dress shoes for boys and modest skirts or pants-suits for girls. Students must show respect for the facility and each other.
• REMINDER: JUDGING COMMITTMENTS ARE HIGHER FOR THE STATE QUALS TOURNAMENT AND WILL BE RUTHLESSLY ENFORCED! Every team/entry must fulfill their judging requirement described under the tab "Judge Requirements." The judging requirements to run a quals tournament are VERY steep and if you do not bring your allotment, your entry will culled to reflect your judges. Your judges are required to stay one round past your last debater's elimination. ALL JUDGES MUST BE AVAILABLE TO JUDGE ALL ELIMINATION ROUNDS IN THEIR REGISTERED EVENT CATEGORY. WE HOPE TO RELEASE SOME JUDGES AFTER THE FIRST ELIMINATION ROUND HAS BEGUN, BUT NO JUDGE WILL BE RELEASED WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION FROM THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR.
• At the tournament, when you check in you will also check in your judges. If a team is missing any judges, you will be required to drop a corresponding number of entries at that time.
• In addition to the judging requirement, every team must bring one adult -- usually the coach -- to assist with the running of the tournament.
• ENTRY DEADLINES: All entries are due by 5pm on Friday, February 17, at which time fees will be assessed and the tournament schedule will be finalized. Drops made by Wednesday, February 22 at 5pm will receive a 50% entry fee credit. No credit will be issued for drops after that time. Late adds will only be allowed on a space available basis.
See you there.
GGSA Debate Co-Directors
GGSA Congress Director