2016 IHSSA State Debate Tournament
Dates: 1/8/2016 - 1/9/2016


January 8-9, 2016

The tournament will be held at the Ankeny campus of DMACC. 

Building 7 will house the tournament headquarters and concessions.  THIS IS A NEW BUILDING DUE TO CONSTRUCTION ON CAMPUS.  It will be a much smaller area for a 'homeroom' area; however, I know we can make it work for this one year. 

Please complete your entry by December 16. Fees will be assessed then. The site will be open for drops until Wednesday, January 6. Additions may be allowed with permission. Contact Nick Nelsen.

Registration will be in building #7 at 11:00.  Student Congress has a General Meeting at 1:30.  All Saturday events will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Division managers are:  Nick Nelsen, LD; Pete Clancy, Policy Debate; Tim Sheaff, Public Forum;  Rick Hunsaker & Robert Galligan, Student Congress

Some reminders of rules/regulations for the IHSSA tournament:

            A. In order to enter Student Congress, the Intent Form must have been sent by November 15 with your Bills. If you did not  receive the Student Congress Intent Form and wish to enter Congress, notify the State Office immediately.

            B. Be sure to keep a copy of your entry forms for your records.

            C.  Coaches/judges/students are encouraged to remain on site for meals. There will be food available for coaches /judges/students.

            D.  If you have a Junior entry and did not receive a second set of forms, please duplicate the forms. A Junior membership is considered a separate school.  No attempt will be made to keep its entries from being scheduled against the Senior High entries.   All students in the Junior entry must be in the ninth grade.  Also, if a school elects to have a Junior membership, no ninth grade student can be listed on the Senior High entry.                      

            E. A school must provide judges/scorers to cover entries according to the rules. If you are unable to provide the required number of judges/scorers, fees will be assessed at the rate of $200. (Read the Constitution for clarification) There are NO partial judges, nor can you combine entries from different divisions to calculate your judge requirement.

            F. Each school will pay a refundable judges bond of $200. This bond must be received by the State Office prior to the state tournament and accompany their tournament entry form.  The refund will occur after the completion of your school's judging obligation.  This bond may be a separate school check or a personal check  which will be held for return at the end of the tournament.  If the bond is included in the entry fee, a check will be written for the  refund  amount.  It will be mailed if not picked up.

            G. Please list any judges/scorers who could be hired and paid by the IHSSA by sending an e-mail to the IHSSA State Office or a division manager.            

           H. Resolutions are as follows

Policy Debate

2015-2016 Topic
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

2016 January/February LD Topic
Resolved: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned.

Public Forum Debate

2016 January PF Topic Area: Russia
Resolved: On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests.

           I.   A copy of the By-Laws WILL BE SENT TO ALL SCHOOLS THAT ENTER.  Please take time to read them.

            J. Students can be changed between categories until the tournament begins.  If a student is substituted who is not listed on the eligibility form, a letter from your principal must be brought to the tournament stating that the student is eligible.

           K. Judge preferences will be collected for LD and Policy. Coaches will receive preference sheets Thursday noon. Changes to the judge pool ofter that are inevitable, but please work to limit late changes to the judge pool by ensuring your judging information is correctly entered.

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