2017 PBCFL Grand Finals
Dates: 2/25/2017

Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League:
The Barbara Dale Lauder McCall Grand Finals Tournament Invitation and Information


DEADLINE TO REGISTER ON THE JOY OF TOURNAMENTS: TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 21, at 4 p.m.
DROP FEES GO INTO EFFECT AT THAT TIME!

Dear Coaches,

You are invited to attend the Palm Beach Catholic Forensic League Grand Finals competition that will be held at DREYFOOS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS on Saturday, February 25. Grand Finals is the National Qualifier for the PBCFL, and the top six finishers in each event from this tournament will qualify to compete at the Grand National Tournament of the National Catholic Forensic League (aka/"CatNats"), to be held in Louisville, KYA, over Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 26 through Sunday, May 28).

COACHES: If you have any concerns or questions about the Grand Finals entry process (script legalities, formats, judge requirements, etc.), PLEASE contact PBCFL President Traci Lowe or Vice President of Individual Events Paul Gaba. This will allow you to be walked through the process smoothly in advance, and save you a ton of grief down the road! Students may compete if they meet these requirements: FULL-TEXT LEGISLATION IS DUE TO PAUL GABA AND TRACI LOWE BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 - see "Legislation & Supers" link above for details!
  
TO BE ELIGIBLE, STUDENTS MUST HAVE COMPETED AT TWO PBCFL TOURNAMENTS DURING THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR. PER THE SPRING 2016 PBCFL COACHES VOTE, BOTH OF YOUR STUDENTS' TWO PRIOR TOURNAMENT COMPETITIONS MUST BE PBCFL TOURNAMENTS. PRINTED VERIFICATION (TOURNAMENT RESULTS) MUST BE PROVIDED.
 
REQUIRED PAPERWORK
Since we have many rules to uphold for the national office, it is imperative that you follow all rules for required paperwork
  • Coaches must bring original copies of manuscripts to the tournament in case of a challenge. Inability to provide an origial manuscript could lead to disqualification of the entry.
  • Coaches must bring original copies of all oratores. Inability to provide an origial manuscript could lead to disqualification of the entry.
  • Notarized Oath of Intent forms are NOT required for Grand Finals; HOWEVER, all students who qualify for CatNats MUST subsequently fill out this form and get it notarized.
  • One item of legislation MUST be submitted by ALL schools with Congressional debate entries Congress legislation must be submitted in appropriate format, and cannot have been used by the school prior in the competition year.
 
COACHES: Please readkeep the following points in mind when registering for this tournament:
  • Two-Tournament Requirement: All students who are entered in Grand Finals must have completed at least two previous PBCFL tournaments this school year. They may have competed in any event in those two previous tournaments. In order to meet the two-tournament requirement, the student must have completed the ENTIRE tournament (spoken ALL FOUR rounds), and have speaker points recorded in the results packet for the documented tournament. (Students disqualified from a tournament may not count that tournament toward this requirement.) Per the Spring 2016 PBCFL Coaches Vote, Ethics  Bowl, Youth Court, DECA competitions, Florida Oceanfront NSDA tournaments, reciprocal CFL Diocese tournaments, FFL Macaw, judging novice events, etc., do not count.
  • Previous Experience: All students must have competed in their chosen event at least one time during their debate career. It is not necessary to have won or placed highly in the particular event in which they will compete at Grand Finals (although it is suggested).
  • ONLY SIX ENTRIES ALLOWED PER EVENT PER SCHOOL.
 
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I look forward to seeing you at Grand Finals.
 
Respectfully,
Traci Lowe
PBCFL President

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