All debate events are single entry only. The only double entry allowed is if a student competes in Congress on Friday night, and IE on Saturday. There is no other combination that allows double entry. These events will run concurrently, and in order to provide for accurate power matching, we will not allow for cross-entry in these events. Multiple entries are only allowed within certain IE events, not across debate and IE. All entries must be into Joy of Tournaments on Tuesday October 2nd at 5pm CST. If you have a rough count on entries, but don’t want to put them in the system until the last minute, if would be very helpful if you could email me to give me some idea for ordering food.
No late entries will be accepted, only drops. Any drops after the deadline will be charged in full to the attending school. We have to make food and room arrangements several days prior to the tournament, and cannot make changes in the days close to the tournament. In order to have the most accurate hired judging list possible, no late judging additions will be accepted, only substitutions for previously committed judges.
If a competitor is not at their event within 15 minutes from the start of the event, the judge must notify the building captain and report to the tab room for their event. The judge must take it upon her/his responsibility to arrive at rounds promptly.
Policy Debate – We will be following the 2012-13 NFHS resolution. We will offer a varsity division (6 prelims) and a novice division (5 rounds). Varsity will hold 3 rounds Friday and 3 on Saturday, followed by elimination rounds. Novice will hold 3 rounds on Friday and two on Saturday, plus elimination rounds. Novice teams will be using the novice project arguments. If you have questions about these arguments, please let me know. The time limits will be 8-3-5, with 8 minutes of preparation time per team. We will be power matching after round 2 in both divisions. We will clear all teams with a 3-2 and better record.
Lincoln Douglas Debate – We will be following the September/October LD topic. We will offer 6 rounds of preliminary rounds, followed by elimination rounds. Time limits are 6-3-7-3-4-6-3 with 4 minutes of preparation for each competitor. We will clear all competitors with a 4-2 and better record in open/JV, and 3-2 or better in novice.
Public Forum – We will offer 6 round of public forum debate on the October topic. We will have three debates Friday, and three on Saturday, followed by elimination rounds on Saturday. We will use a 4-4-3-4-4-3-2-2-3-2-2 time schedule, with two minutes of down time. We will clear all teams with a 3-2 and better record.
Congress will hold one 4-hour session on Friday and one 4-hour session on Saturday, a two-hour session, and a super Congress on Saturday. Friday and Saturday events are separate. No more than 20 students per session. All competing schools must submit bills to Joy of Tournaments one week prior to the tournament (September 28).
Students are responsible for appearing in each event on time before the closing of the round. A student who misses a round is given last place in that section and zero speaker points earned in other preliminary rounds. A student may enter no more than two events in each conflict pattern. One conflict pattern is extemp, prose/poetry, and dramatic interp. The other conflict pattern is original oratory, humor, and duo interp. A contestant may not use the same cutting or speech in more than one prepared event at the tournament. Students may not use cuttings or speeches from competitions prior to the 2012-13 season.
Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interp, Humorous Interp, Original Oratory, Prose/Poetry, 10 minutes
Extemp – 7 minutes speaking time, 30 minutes preparation.
Deadline: The entry deadline is Tuesday October 2nd at 5:00 pm, CST. Use the Joy of Tournaments Site: